Two Dayton startups in running for DBJ Biz of the Year

Dayton startups Battle Sight Technologies & Magnetic Mobile, LLC are both in the running for Dayton Business Journal’s prestigious Business of the Year award.

Battle Sight Technologies, which just turned one in August, is nominated in the veteran business category. Battle Sight was founded by Dayton entrepreneur Nick Ripplinger, who licensed tech from the Air Force to create the world’s only reusable, infrared crayon.

“Supporting the military and veterans, through our products and as a company, is so important to us at Battle Sight,” Nick said. “Being recognized by the DBJ for this is a huge honor for us!”

Mobile app & web developer Magnetic Mobile, LLC is nominated in the rookie business category. Magnetic Mobile was originally the retail loyalty division of Marxent, an industry leader in augmented and virtual reality. In 2016, it spun off and became Magnetic Mobile, in order to grow and support a more diverse client base.

“We’re thrilled to be a finalist. Since spinning off from Marxent in 2016, we’ve expanded our team and gained several new clients,” Geoff Pattison, Magnetic Mobile President said. “This recognition highlights that growth and the value we’re bringing to both our customers and the Dayton community.”

The DBJ’s Business of the Year program has recognized leading local businesses for 16 years. This year, the guest judges included Cynthia Jackson-Hammond, president of Central State University; Doug Lunne, president of LMG (Lunne Marketing Group); and Beth Whelley, senior vice president and Dayton managing director with Fahlgren Mortine. The Business of the Year will be announced at the DBJ’s black-tie gala Nov. 8.

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