Ohio University's entrepreneurial ecosystem features several programs that can help entrepreneurs -- both at Ohio University and throughout the Southeast Ohio region -- commercialize technologies and start new businesses.
TechGROWTH Ohio is a public/private entrepreneurial support program housed at the university's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. The program offers growth grants and pre-seed investment capital for startup companies, as well as business coaches and staffing assistance.
The Innovation Center is Ohio University's small business incubator for technology and biotechnology startups. The 36,000-square-foot facility offers flexible space, equipment, networking events and business coaching.
The Technology Transfer Office helps Ohio University faculty, staff and students with patent protection, market evaluation and assistance with licensing technologies to companies or helping entrepreneurs start their own.
Edison Biotechnology Institute supports basic and applied research in the biomedical sciences, with a focus on technology commercialization and business startup. The institute partners with TechGROWTH Ohio to provide business consulting and support to biotechnology and medical device startups.
The Center for Entrepreneurship offers a curriculum, programming and support for Ohio University students interested in developing entrepreneurship skills.
The Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs supports a variety of entrepreneurship programs, including TechGROWTH Ohio, the Small Business Development Center, the Center for Entrepreneurship and the Procurement Technical Assistance Center.
In addition, several academic colleges at Ohio University provide support to the entrepreneurial ecosystem and provide services and programming for faculty, staff and students. These include:
The Scripps College of Communication sponsors the Scripps Innovation Challenge and digital media programs, supports technology commercialization and entrepreneurial programs such as the Innovation Engine Accelerator.
The Russ College of Engineering and Technology supports technology commercialization and entrepreneurial programs such as the Innovation Engine Accelerator.
The College of Business is home to the Center for Entrepreneurship.
Investment and Funding
TechGROWTH Ohio: Offers growth grants and pre-seed funding for entrepreneurs.
East Central Ohio Tech Angel Fund (ECOTAF): With 27 investors, it's one of the largest rurally focused investment funds in the country.
Athenian Venture Partners: A venture capital firm headquartered in Athens, Ohio, started with an investment from the Ohio University Foundation. It focuses on investments in information technology and healthcare firms.
Adena Ventures: This firm, based in Athens, Ohio, provides equity capital and operational assistance to high-growth businesses, primarily in Appalachia.