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CoLab’s mission is to enable and empower students to live and grow through creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Through this, we hope to achieve a more connected and innovation-focused community that creates with the goal of changing the world around us. As part of a planning grant awarded to CoLab (then called C-Suite) early on, the team was able to visit universities with top innovation programs across the nation, including Lassonde Studios at the University of Utah and the d.school at Stanford to see how they functioned. During these visits, the team paid attention to what worked well, and potentially more importantly, what didn’t work. Thanks to this research, CoLab will apply the best and most successful practices to our own campus, further strengthening the entrepreneurial ecosystem at Ohio University.

CoLab will serve as a central hub that unites students from all backgrounds and embeds innovation and entrepreneurship into their lives. By facilitating cross-disciplinary collisions and serving as OU’s “one-stop shop” for access to anything and everything creative, innovative, or entrepreneurial, CoLab will be able to enable and empower students to make their own aspirations tangible.

CoLab Hours of Operation


Monday: 8:00 A.M. — Midnight

Tuesday: 8:00 A.M. — Midnight

Wednesday: 8:00 A.M. — Midnight

Thursday: 8:00 A.M. — Midnight

Friday: 8:00 A.M. — 5:00 P.M.

Saturday: CLOSED

Sunday: 12:00 P.M. — Midnight


CoLab’s Beginnings

CoLab was founded in 2015 by Alex Kneier and Lori Bentz, now alumni, who had just completed their training as Stanford University Innovation Fellows. The UIF program trains students to bring people together through creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship on campuses across the world, and CoLab aims to do that on Ohio University’s campus.

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    September 30, 2019

    Student teams will develop ideas using concepts related to creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation at the University's CoLab, Nov. 1–3. The workshop is part of “Design Thinking Innovates OHIO."

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    August 28, 2019

    Students throughout the University have a need for increased accessibility to quality tools and workspace.

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