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

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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OU's Spirit of Innovation Key to Future Success

Ohio University has been recognized as one of America’s most innovative universities. OU led the way in the state with the creation of the Innovation Center, the first university-based business incubator in the state. The IC has been helping launch new businesses in Athens since 1983.

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$1.5M Awarded to Expand Entrepreneurial Training

A 1.5 million award is set to expand entrepreneurial training and partnerships with substance abuse recovery networks across Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia through the new "LIGHTS Inclusive" initiative. The project is expected to create 133 jobs.

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