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COVID-19 Update as of May 4, 2020:
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. For a full list of COVID-19 business resources, please click hereContact 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 | Rural-Based Entrepreneurship  Center of the year

2019 Economic Impact of Companies Supported by the Innovation Center:


The Latest News from the IC

ACE Recognizes Innovation Center Economic Impact

ACE member institutions are stepping up to support their local economies as cities and towns across the country continue to reopen. Ohio University's Innovation Center has continued offering virtual business development support and helping clients with 3-D printing design and product development through its small business incubator.

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I-Corps@Ohio teams support innovation and economic development

Two Ohio University I-Corps@Ohio teams, Paint from Pollution and Ohio Construction Composites, are spurring regional economic development in southeastern Ohio through the commercialization of wastewater as paint and coal plastic composite as building materials. Eight OHIO teams have participated in the program.

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Innovation Center increased job growth, economic impact in 2019

Ohio University’s Innovation Center supported 335 jobs that generated an estimated $22 million in employee compensation in Athens County in 2019, according to a new economic impact report. Over the last six years, the business incubator’s job creation numbers have increased 139%, and employee compensation generated from its client companies is up 273%.

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