Ohio University

Innovation Center

Building Businesses. Changing Lives.

Incubating startups since 1983.

Recent Awards

inBia | 2019 Randall M. Whaley Incubator of the Year Award.
UBI Global 2015 Top University Business Incubator Notrh America Top 10
inBia | Rural-Based Entrepreneurship  Center of the year

2018 Economic Impact of Companies Supported by the Innovation Center:


The Latest News from the IC

TechGROWTH Ohio Wins $5.05M Award

TechGROWTH Ohio, Ohio University’s Ohio Third Frontier entrepreneurial services provider, has been awarded $5.05 million by the state in a competitive funding process for venture development services. This is now a $62 million program for southeast Ohio startups.

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The Innovation Center's Culture of Community

What sets the Innovation Center apart? “I think the metrics, first and foremost,” says Director Stacy Strauss. And the 2018 numbers are noteworthy: an estimated 297 jobs generated, producing an estimated $12.9 million in wages—and that’s just in Athens County.

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OU Grad Blazes Trail in Esports Industry

Matt Benson, OU COB graduate, serves as the CEO of eFuse, a web and mobile application that serves as a professional hub for esports and video games. The platform recently announced a $1.4 million seed round in preparation for the platform's launch on December 10, 2019.

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