Center for Entrepreneurship


The Center for Entrepreneurship serves as the coordinating hub for a growing entrepreneurial ecosystem taking root and blooming in southeast Ohio. The Center’s role is to facilitate, nurture, and support partnerships involving students, faculty, researchers, entrepreneurs, emerging and established business enterprises and the venture capital community. Our partnerships promote a culture of entrepreneurship throughout the University and the region and help develop a competitive regional talent pool for innovation-based business.

Key partners in our vital work to stimulate and support collaboration at all stages of the “idea to marketplace” continuum include:

  • Ohio University Research
    The Vice President for Research division promotes Ohio University's research mission to advance excellence in the search of new information, knowledge, understanding and creative endeavors.
  • Ohio University Technology Transfer Office
    The Technology Transfer Office works with entrepreneurial and established business interests to leverage intellectual property developed by Ohio University in order to benefit the University, its faculty, the public, and the state of Ohio.
  • TechGROWTH Ohio
    The mission of TechGROWTH Ohio is to significantly increase revenue growth and capital investments in technology-based businesses within the 20-county region of southeast Ohio.
  • Innovation Center
    The Innovation Center provides valuable business incubation resources to fuel the economy in Athens, Ohio and surrounding regions.
  • Ohio Appalachia Business Council [no link available]
  • Consortium for Energy, Economics and the Environment
    The Consortium for Energy, Economics and the Environment (CE3) was formed at Ohio University in 2005 to facilitate innovative applied research related to increasing Ohio's investment in energy, the environment and our economics future.
  • Edison Biotechnology Institute
    An interdisciplinary research institute at Ohio University established in 1984, the Edison Biotechnology Institute (EBI) has a dual mission of basic discovery research and development of new technology and the transfer of technology to the private sector for economic benefit in Ohio.
  • East Central Ohio Tech Angel Fund
    With twenty-seven investors the East Central Ohio Tech Angel Fund is one of the largest rurally focused investment funds in the country.
  • Small Business Development Center
    The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides a full range of business consulting services for existing and new small businesses.
  • The Voinovich School
    The Voinovich School at Ohio University has an innovative, transformative program of job creation, real-world education of Ohio's next generation of entrepreneurs, development of solutions for energy and environmental issues, training of state government and nonprofit agency leaders in strategic value creation and performance measurement, and expert analysis of the state's K-12 system.
  • Ohio University College of Business
    The College of Business provides a distinctive learning environment that actively engages students, faculty, and the business community in developing knowledge and skills relevant for success in a complex, global economy.

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