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Entrepreneurship and Technology Commercialization at Ohio University

A growing number of entrepreneurs—from faculty and student inventors to regional business professionals—have been supported by the entrepreneurial ecosystem at Ohio University and in Southeast Ohio.

Over the past decade, with a boost from the state of Ohio's Third Frontier program, longtime university programs that support faculty research, technology commercialization, and business startups have partnered with government entities and private venture capital firms to create a pipeline for new high-tech companies in the region.

Have a business idea? The ecosystem can provide help with developing a business plan, gauging a market for the product, patenting and protecting intellectual property, providing seed money and investments, connecting entrepreneurs with seasoned business advisors, setting them up with office or laboratory space, offering networking, and finally connecting them to advanced sources of funding such as angel funds or venture capital firms that can boost a startup into the bigger leagues of business.

This page features news, events and useful links to the various programs that support technology commercialization and business startups.




Feb. 6th, Hatchery Open House, 7-8pm; details TBA


Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian guest lecture: 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. Registration required.


March 18, 2014: Registration is now open for the Innovation Awards. Networking reception 6-7 p.m.; dinner 7-9 p.m. Baker Center Ballroom, Ohio University. Registration fee $30.


March 27, Center for Entrepreneurship Idea Factory, 8-10pm, Baker Room 240/242, sponsored by the Entrepreneurship Club and the Center for Entrepreneurship. Details TBA


Scripps Innovation Challenge opens for student registration





Ohio University's new 3D printer impresses open house visitors (The Athens News)

Imgur: The Biggest Little Site in the World (The Atlantic)

Cleaning our environment with "pee power" (National Academy of Inventors publication)


Ohio University is leading Appalachia out of the economic woods (Connected Magazine)


"Real Genius": Ohio Today magazine profiles entrepreneurs Alan Schaff, Brian Adams and Joseph Kittle


3D printer offers university, community capacity for design and manufacturing projects


Michelle Ferrier to manage media innovation initiatives in Scripps College


Innovation Engine Accelerator announces participants for 2013 summer digital media program


Jensen named associate director of Innovation Center


Siblings create winning design for new medal that celebrates innovation