Innovation Center

2022 Status Update:
The Innovation Center is open and maintaining safe operations in support of its business clients. The Innovation Center is also accepting new clients during this pandemic. Contact us with any questions. 


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 2022 Rural ESP of the Year
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"We are so happy that we located our company at the Ohio University Innovation Center.  The staff is a pleasure to work with and very responsive.  We look forward to continuing our residency in the future."   -Dr. J. Suzanne Lindsey, Founder, Recōdagen


"The Innovation Center coached us on the market assessment, proof of concept, go-to-market strategy, and financial modeling."   -David Carter, Co-Founder, Jersey Watch


"The Innovation Center has been instrumental in helping Nature's Magic sustain growth during this trying time. They have assisted in the process of applying through the FDA to produce hand sanitizer, securing key ingredients, and moving into a lab space to accommodate production."  - Danielle Young, Founder, Nature's Magic


"Beyond the access to the shared lab and equipment, the Innovation Center has provided us with support staff and interns that enable us to grow beyond the infancy stages of business. Their lab director has provided immense insight and thought leadership. Specifically, through the cooperation of the lab director we were just able to institute GLP practices in our lab which will enable us to add at least 10 new jobs in the next 3 years."   -Nick Henderson, CEO, InfinixBio


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"Way to go! The impact the Innovation Center has brought to the University and our region has been so beneficial."  -Sherry Calkins, Community Member


"The center has been a true blessing for me and for the community. Thanks to the whole staff for your faith in innovation and for your tireless enthusiasm. "  -Dr. JD Kittle, CSO, FSC


"Third Sun Solar LLC is a proud "graduate" of the Innovation Center, and I'm always excited about the fantastic ideas turned into businesses there."  Geoff Greenfield, Founder, Third Sun Solar


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2021 Economic Impact of Companies Supported by the Innovation Center:


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