OHIO

Ohio Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)

List of local SBDC offices

Akron

Ohio SBDC at Summit Medina Business Alliance

Akron

Bounce

526 S Main St, Suite 601 Akron, OH 44311

330-375-2111

Archbold

Ohio SBDC at Northwest State Community College

Archbold

22600 State Route 34 Archbold, OH 43502

419-267-1361

Ashland

Ohio SBDC at Ashland University

Ashland

401 College Avenue Ashland, Ohio 44805

419-207-6910

Athens

Ohio SBDC at Ohio University

Athens

The Ridges, 19 E Circle Dr. Suite 110

19 E Circle Dr, Suite 110, Athens, OH 45701-2979

740-593-0473

Cambridge

Ohio SBDC at Ohio University – Cambridge

Cambridge

Willett-Pratt Training Center

9900 Brick Church Rd , Cambridge, OH 43725

740-588-1331

Cincinnati

Ohio SBDC at Clermont County Chamber of Commerce

Cincinnati

4355 Ferguson Dr, Suite 150, Cincinnati, OH 45245

513-576-5007

Union Institute & University – Ohio SBDC at the Greater Cincinnati Urban League

Cincinnati

Union Institute & University

440 E McMillan Street, Cincinnati, OH 45206

Phone: 513-487-1155

Cleveland

Ohio SBDC at Cleveland Urban League

Cleveland

The Urban League of Greater Cleveland

2930 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115

216-812-3162

Ohio SBDC at Northeast Ohio Hispanic Center of Economic Development

Cleveland

Northeast Ohio Hispanic Center of Economic Development

2511 Clark Avenue Cleveland, OH 44109-1110

216-281-4422

Ohio SBDC at Cleveland State University

Cleveland Heights

Cleveland Heights Public Library

Knowledge and Innovation Center 2340 Lee Road – 2nd Floor Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

216-321-1633

Columbus

Ohio SBDC at Columbus State Community College

Columbus

320 N Grant Ave., Suite 1062 Columbus, OH 43215

614-287-5294

Dayton

Ohio SBDC at The Entrepreneurs Center

Dayton

The Entrepreneurs Center

714 E. Monument Ave, Dayton, OH 45402-1382

937.281.0118

Export Assistance Network at The Entrepreneurs Center

Dayton

The Entrepreneurs Center

714 E. Monument Ave, Dayton, OH 45402-1382

937.531.6612

Elyria

Ohio SBDC at Lorain County Community College

Elyria

The Richard Desich Business and Entrepreneurship Center (DEC)

The Richard Desich Business and Entrepreneurship Center (DEC)151 Innovation Drive Elyria, OH 44035

440-366-4370

Fremont

Ohio SBDC at Terra State Community College

2830 Napoleon Rd, Fremont, OH 43420

419-559-2210

Hamilton

Ohio SBDC at The Hamilton Mill

Hamilton

20 High Street, Hamilton, OH 45011

513-727-3686

Kent

Ohio SBDC at Kent State University

Kent

The College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology (CAEST)

1400 East Summit Street, Kent, OH 44242

330-672-0793

Kirtland

Ohio SBDC at Lakeland Community College

Kirtland

7700 Clocktower Drive, Kirtland, OH 44094

(440) 525-7706

Lebanon

Ohio SBDC at Warren County Port Authority & Warren County Career Center

Lebanon

Warren County Career Center

3525 North State Route 48 Lebanon, OH 45036

513-934-4793 ext. 5338

Lima

Ohio SBDC at James A. Rhodes State College

Lima

Keese Hall

4240 Campus Dr, Lima, OH 45804

419-995-8184

Marietta

Ohio SBDC at Ohio University-Marietta

Marietta

2163 SR 821 Bldg 6-A Marietta OH 45750

740-373-9056

Miami University

Ohio SBDC at Miami University

Miami University

Commerce Hub at Voice of America Learning Center

7847 VOA Park Dr. West Chester, OH 45069

513-727-3686

Middletown

Butler County SBDC at the City of Middletown

Middletown

Economic Development Office, Middletown Municipal Building

1 Donham Plaza Middletown, OH 45042

513-727-3686

New Philadelphia

Ohio SBDC at Kent State University Tuscarawas Campus

New Philadelphia

Tolloty Incubator

1776 Tech Park Drive NE Suite 103, New Philadelphia, OH 44663

330-308-7479

North Canton

Ohio SBDC at Kent State University Stark Campus

North Canton

Conference Center

6000 Frank Ave NW, Canton, OH 44720

330-244-3290

Piketon

Ohio SBDC at The OSU South Centers

Piketon

Endeavor Center

1862 Shyville Rd, Piketon, OH 45661

740-289-1605

Springfield

Ohio SBDC at SBDC, Inc.

Springfield

100 S. Limestone St. Suite 411, Springfield, OH 45502

937-322-7821

Toledo

Ohio SBDC at Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce

Toledo

Toledo Edison Bldg

300 Madison Ave, Suite 200, Toledo, OH 43604

419-243-8191

Youngstown

Ohio SBDC at Youngstown State University

Youngstown

One University Plaza, Youngstown, OH 44502

330-941-2140

Ohio Business Resources

JumpStart

JumpStart, a 501©3 organization, is dedicated to accelerating the success of diverse entrepreneurs and contributing to a strong ecosystem.

The KeyBank Business Boost & Build program

The KeyBank Business Boost & Build program provides a different combination of resources and connections for different cities/regions in Ohio.

The Northeast Ohio Startup Network

The Northeast Ohio Startup Network is a connected group of entrepreneurial support organizations delivering the resources tech-based entrepreneurs need most: capital, space, advice and connections.

Flashstarts

Flashstarts is a three-month accelerator for technology companies in downtown Cleveland. The intensive program provides capital and support with product development, customer development, pitching, hiring and fundraising, and matches firms with mentors to help their progress.

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Great Lakes Innovation and Development Enterprise

GLIDE provides professional business assistance and technology incubator space to companies at every stage of development.  They connect entrepreneurs with the tools and resources they need to succeed and offer a sophisticated business environment with amenities that help companies function efficiently and effectively.

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Higher Education Collaboration Council

The JumpStart Higher Education Collaboration Council connects Northeast Ohio-based higher education institutions and community members to the Northeast Ohio entrepreneurial community.

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JumpStart

JumpStart unlocks the full potential of diverse and ambitious entrepreneurs to economically transform entire communities.

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MAGNET Incubation Center

At the MAGNET Incubation Center (MIC), members receive assistance turning manufactured product ideas into growing businesses.

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Northeast Ohio Medical University

NEOMED is a community-based, public university that partners with other colleges and universities; health care providers, pharmacies and research companies; and business, civic and public leaders to help bring wellness and access to health care to the medically underserved in Ohio and throughout the nation.

Learn More

Ohio Aerospace Institute

OAI is a non-profit organization that enhances the aerospace competitiveness of its corporate, federal agency, non-profit and university members through research and technology development, workforce preparedness and engagement with networks for innovation.

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Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center

TBEIC is a federally funded business incubator aimed at growing energy technologies and allied products/services such as: advanced materials, electronics, and efficiency, control systems.

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University of Akron Research Foundation

UARF was established in 2001 to promote and support university/industry collaboration and to provide effective mechanisms by which UA discoveries and inventions are developed and commercialized.

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Youngstown Business Incubator

YBI helps accelerate emerging businesses by providing an array of invaluable services. Facilities, equipment, resource networks, entrepreneurial counseling, and networking opportunities – all of which are critical to successful business development.

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Investment Funds

Building a tech startup or growing a small tech business is a journey. The Northeast Ohio Startup Network facilitates access to the right capital solution to drive your venture forward.

Our funds are designed for entrepreneurs following the highest growth path, interested in raising significant outside funding and/or operating in a technology industry in which significant growth is possible. The regional funds listed below are affiliated with the Network and/or Ohio Third Frontier Pre-Seed/Seed Plus Fund Capitalization Program and do not include private funds and angels.

Akron BioInvestments Funds

The Akron BioInvestments Funds support the attraction and establishment of biomedical companies in Akron. Created by the City of Akron through its Akron Development Corporation, The Akron BioInvestments Funds is comprised of two parts: the Product Development Fund and the Rapid Commercialization Loan Fund.

Learn More

Appleseed Microfinance

Appleseed Microfinance, which is based at the Braintree Business Development Center in Mansfield, provides small capital for small businesses in the 21 counties of Northeast Ohio.

Learn More

The ARCHAngel Network

Formed in 2005, The ARCHAngel (Akron Regional Change Angel) Network is a regional forum for introducing investors to market-driven, technology-based investment opportunities within Northeast Ohio and particularly those within the greater Akron area. The Network’s leadership team consists of representatives from the University of Akron, enterprise accelerators, regional initiatives, local government, the private sector and investment partners.

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Barberton Growth Fund

The Barberton Growth Fund was established by the Barberton Community Development Corporation (BCDC) thanks to a significant investment from the Barberton Community Foundation. The fund’s goal is to invest in entrepreneurs interesting in growing their businesses in the city of Barberton.

Learn More

The Bit Factory

The Bit Factory is a software startup accelerator located in Akron, Ohio. We accept startups with dedicated and passionate founders building amazing software or hardware in any field or industry.

Learn More

Concept Capital

Concept Capital, a for-profit venture capital company associated with holding company Crossroads Group, helps young people with long-term, viable business models get their start. It is not looking for restaurant or bar ideas, but for innovative product or service businesses that can be deployed on a larger scale.

Learn More

Emerging Market Fund

The Emerging Market Fund (EMF) provides capital and connections to diverse, young, Ohio-based companies and has a focus on investing in very high potential, high growth tech-based companies owned by minority, women and inner-city-based entrepreneurs.

Learn More

Innovation Fund

The Innovation Fund, founded by the Lorain County Community College Foundation, is a regional fund focused on supporting technology-based entrepreneurial endeavors and emerging technology-based businesses.

Learn More

JumpStart

JumpStart provides venture capital and intensive, high-impact assistance to diverse entrepreneurs and small businesses owners, working one-on-one to establish and achieve value-creating milestones of growth.

Learn More

North Coast Angel Fund

NCAF is a contributed capital and “sidecar” pre-seed investment fund with a focus on early-stage technology investments.

Learn More

Northeast Ohio Student Venture Fund

NEOSVF is a 501(c)(3) student run organization that funds high-growth potential, startups in Northeast Ohio in the area of Advanced Materials, Medical Technology, Fuel Cells, Energy Storage, Medical Technology, Software Applications, Sensing and Automation Technologies, Situational Awareness Systems, Surveillance Systems Solar and Photovoltaics.

Learn More

Tech Sprout

Tech Sprout provides small amounts of funding to help early-stage entrepreneurs turn high-tech ideas into viable businesses. The fund is administered by Mansfield’s Braintree Business Development Center, and is designed to help move ideas toward commercialization.

Learn More

Wooster Opportunity Loan Fund

The Wooster Opportunity Loan Fund supports early stage, high-potential technology companies located in or willing to move to Wayne County. The fund awards loans of up to $35,000 to companies with high potential to raise venture capital money and create new jobs.

Learn More

University Resources

Northeast Ohio’s colleges and universities offer many entrepreneurial resources to students in the higher education community. In 2009, JumpStart and the Burton D. Morgan Foundation established the JumpStart Higher Education Collaboration Council (JSHECC) as a way to better connect these resources—both with each other and with the broader entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Whether you are a student interested in entrepreneurship, or a community member interested in supporting these resources, this list of JSHECC programs and partners is a great place to start.

Ashland University – Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

The mission of the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurial Studies is to ignite the entrepreneurial spirit of the students, Faculty, University, Alumni and greater Ashland community.

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BGSU Firelands – Office of Educational Outreach

The Office for Educational Outreach offers a diverse range of educational programs designed to serve the businesses and citizens of our area community.

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Baldwin Wallace University – Center for Innovation & Growth

The Center for Innovation & Growth (CIG) prepares tomorrow’s leaders to change their world as students learn — and practice — skills in creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. The CIG infuses a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship campus-wide and contributes to the regional economy.

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Baldwin Wallace University – NEOLaunchNET

Powered by the Burton D. Morgan Foundation, NEOLaunchNET is a co-curricular program providing free and confidential venture coaching, idea contests, pitch competitions, networking opportunities, in-class presentations, and a host of visiting entrepreneurs and activities that complement BW’s innovation and entrepreneurship courses.

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Baldwin Wallace University – School of Business: Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Today’s ever-changing business environment needs idea-generators. People who are strategic thinkers with a creative mindset and passion for problem solving. BW’s major in innovation & entrepreneurship can help you develop the skills to succeed. It is designed as a second major to complement a primary program of study-humanities, business, music and social, physical and health sciences.

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Case Western Reserve University – NEOLaunchNet

CWRU NEOLaunchNet serves students and alumni of Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Institute of Art, and Cleveland Institute of Music. Since 2012, CWRU NEOLaunchNet has helped more than 500 students and alumni to research and establish enterprises. NEOLaunchNet supported ventures have raised millions of dollars through competitions, public sources, and private investors. CWRU NEOLaunchNet is a member of the Burton D. Morgan NEOLaunchNet community.

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Cleveland Institute of Art – Career Center

The Career Center at CIA provides services to students, alumni, and employers. The Career Center is there for students as they work to build their own studio practice, join established businesses, become entrepreneurs, or continue towards an advanced degree.

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Cleveland State University – Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs: Center for Economic Development

The Center for Economic Development provides research and technical assistance to governments, nonprofits, and businesses. The Center is dedicated to help measure policy performance, assess economic impacts and inform on growth of businesses, industries, regions and cities. The Center can help develop a compelling argument for funding your next project or illustrating how programs bring positive community and regional economic results. The Center serves as a designated U.S. Economic Development Administration University Center.

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Cleveland State University – Monte Ahuja College of Business: Centers for Outreach & Engagement

Regarded in high esteem for their strategic development and delivery of programs that address current needs and future business challenges, the Centers for Outreach & Engagement help to position organizations for economic success. The Centers partner with the Northeast Ohio business community, government agencies, and academic institutions worldwide to deliver courses, seminars, research, and other outreach initiatives.

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Cleveland State University – Monte Ahuja College of Business: Sustainable Business Center

The Sustainable Business Center at the Monte Ahuja College of Business offers current and future business leaders a multidisciplinary approach to learning and implementing sustainability initiatives. Real and immediate value is added through connections to cutting-edge research, graduate students and other opportunities for Northeast Ohio businesses to initiate service-learning projects with our business students.

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College of Wooster – Center for Entrepreneurship

The Center for Entrepreneurship offers a wide variety of programs and activities that support the entrepreneurial sprit of students from all majors. Any student with an interest in creating solutions, products or services can find opportunities to complement and enhance their professional development and academic experience.

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Cuyahoga Community College – Metropolitan Campus

The Metropolitan (Metro) Campus opened in 1969 as Tri-C’s first campus. Located near downtown Cleveland in the Campus District, the Metro Campus offers state-of-the-art health careers labs, is home to the nationally-renowned Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland, and features industry-standard learning laboratories in programs such as Recording Arts and Technology, Hospitality Management and Electronic/Electrical Engineering.

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Hiram College – Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship

Integrated Entrepreneurship at Hiram integrates the concepts of entrepreneurship into the liberal arts through curricular and extra-curricular activities to help students develop skills such as – critical thinking, curiosity, ethical awareness, ability to write and speak clearly, ability to draw and synthesize knowledge from diverse sources and apply to diverse uses, insight into the human experience, and a life-long love of learning.

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John Carroll University – Edward M. Muldoon Center for Entrepreneurship

The Edward M. Muldoon Center for Entrepreneurship and its partners host, attract and support a range of entrepreneurial activity, interests and people across John Carroll University and the Boler School of Business. The Edward M. Muldoon Center for Entrepreneurship is the headquarters for entrepreneurship at John Carroll University.

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Kent State University – College of Business Administration: Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship

The Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship offers a variety of programs designed to meet your needs. With three majors and two minors, there are combinations to suit your interests whether you want to start your own business, work in a corporation or small business, go into sales, product development or brand management.

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Kent State University – Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation

Through its cutting edge collaborative research, the Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation at Kent State University advances current understanding of entrepreneurship to guide and engage students, community members, academic researchers and policy makers thus making a positive difference in the entrepreneurial eco-system in Northeast Ohio and the world beyond our network of campuses.

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Kent State University – NEOLaunchNET

NEOLaunchNET KSU helps KSU students, faculty/staff, and alumni transform their ideas into thriving businesses, successful projects, or innovative collaborations. Through meetings, mentoring, workshops, and events NEOLaunchNET promotes entrepreneurship and innovation, as well as helping clients create new businesses or grow existing start-ups. NEOLaunchNET Kent State is a member of NEOLaunchNET, powered by the Burton D. Morgan Foundation.

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Kent State University – Stark

Kent State University at Stark is Kent State’s largest regional campus, serving Stark County and the surrounding area for more than 70 years. As Stark County’s only public university, Kent State Stark plays a vital role in generating a more educated workforce, attracting and retaining qualified individuals to the area and contributing to the positive economic development of the region.

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Kent State University at Tuscarawas – Business & Community Services

Kent State University at Tuscarawas works closely with the business community to provide educational programs relevant to the workforce of today and tomorrow. Through Business and Community Services, students are linked to the resources and expertise of a major metropolitan university that is staffed by award-winning faculty, as well as leading experts from business, industry and the professions.

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Lake Erie College – The Center for Entrepreneurship (CFE)

Established in 2007, the Center for Entrepreneurship (CFE) is a collaborative effort reaching across all the Learning Communities at Lake Erie College and throughout the Northeast Ohio business community. CFE seeks to prepare and inspire the students of Lake Erie College to act entrepreneurially by positively influencing their ability, confidence, and willingness to start and grow successful new ventures.

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Lakeland Community College – Entrepreneurship Center

Lakeland’s Entrepreneurship Center supports existing businesses and encourages the creation of new businesses. The Center works in partnership with the Lake/Geauga Small Business Development Center at Lakeland Community College. Together, the programs provide quality learning opportunities for small businesses in the community and our students.

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Lorain County Community College – NEOLaunchNET

NEOLaunchNET at Lorain County Community College is a co-curricular program that serves students, alumni, staff and faculty to encourage entrepreneurial thinking, innovative mindset, creative collaboration, and venture creation through coaching, events, and connections in Northeast Ohio. NEO NEOLaunchNET is supported by the Burton D. Morgan Foundation.

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Mount Union – Department of Economics, Accounting and Business Administration

The Department of Economics, Accounting, and Business Administration prepares students for professional lives in business and related fields. Mount Union’s minor in entrepreneurship is administered through the Department of Economics, Accounting, and Business Administration.

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Notre Dame College – The Enterprise Development Center

The Enterprise Development Center at Notre Dame College (EDC@NDC) represents an innovative approach to creating academic and experiential learning opportunities for students, while supporting Northeast Ohio’s startups and small businesses. By partnering with community and funding partners, the EDC@NDC promotes entrepreneurial thinking—a tenent of Notre Dame’s president, among others—and provides an interdisciplinary internship program

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Oberlin – Creativity & Leadership: Entrepreneurship at Oberlin

Creativity & Leadership: Entrepreneurship at Oberlin is a multi-disciplinary effort designed to encourage students to put their innovative ideas into practice. The program reflects Oberlin’s artistic excellence, academic rigor, and longstanding commitment to preparing students for leadership and civic engagement.

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Stark State College

Stark State College provides quality, high-value associate degrees, certificates, and professional development in diverse, student-centered learning environments. The College is dedicated to lifelong learning; affordable, transferable higher education; and career success. Stark State College advances quality of life through access, academic success, stewardship, and business and community partnerships.

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University of Akron – College of Business Administration: Fitzgerald Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies

The vision of the Fitzgerald Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies is to promote entrepreneurship throughout the University of Akron, community, region, U.S. and the world through the dissemination of practical “experiential” and theoretical knowledge, which will benefit society as a whole.

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University of Akron – Innovation Practice Center

When it is formally created, the Innovation Practice Center (IPC) will offer the vision and leadership to effectively launch innovative ideas and promising research into successful entrepreneurial ventures by engaging students, faculty and community in the process of innovation, invention and entrepreneurship. Housed within the IPC will be the Proof of Concept (POC) initiative.

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University of Akron School of Law – Small Entrepreneur and Economic Development (SEED) Clinic

In this transactional clinic, law students provide low-cost legal and business assistance to small and emerging businesses in the local community. The SEED Clinic helps with business planning, operating agreements, employment law questions, contract/lease issues, entity selection, and nonprofit assistance.

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Walsh University – Deville School of Business

The DeVille School of Business offers a quality business education that prepares our graduates for success in today’s competitive, global economic marketplace. A unique interdisciplinary approach provides students access to a broad range of up-to-date business courses providing for a well-rounded education. Experiential learning opportunities and internships are readily available for students and are often a stepping stone to a graduate’s first full-time job.

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Youngstown State University – Williamson College of Business Administration: The Entrepreneurship Center

The primary goal of The Entrepreneurship Center, which resides in The Williamson College of Business Administration at Youngstown State University, is the development of entrepreneurship initiatives and programs. A 12 S.H. Certificate in Entrepreneurship and an 18 S.H. Minor are offered. YSU students of all majors may pursue both the Certificate and the Minor and learn how to transform their idea, product or service into a new business.

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Investment Funds

Building a tech startup or growing a small tech business is a journey. The Northeast Ohio Startup Network facilitates access to the right capital solution to drive your venture forward.

Our funds are designed for entrepreneurs following the highest growth path, interested in raising significant outside funding and/or operating in a technology industry in which significant growth is possible. The regional funds listed below are affiliated with the Network and/or Ohio Third Frontier Pre-Seed/Seed Plus Fund Capitalization Program and do not include private funds and angels.

Akron BioInvestments Funds

The Akron BioInvestments Funds support the attraction and establishment of biomedical companies in Akron. Created by the City of Akron through its Akron Development Corporation, The Akron BioInvestments Funds is comprised of two parts: the Product Development Fund and the Rapid Commercialization Loan Fund.

Learn More

Appleseed Microfinance

Appleseed Microfinance, which is based at the Braintree Business Development Center in Mansfield, provides small capital for small businesses in the 21 counties of Northeast Ohio.

Learn More

The ARCHAngel Network

Formed in 2005, The ARCHAngel (Akron Regional Change Angel) Network is a regional forum for introducing investors to market-driven, technology-based investment opportunities within Northeast Ohio and particularly those within the greater Akron area. The Network’s leadership team consists of representatives from the University of Akron, enterprise accelerators, regional initiatives, local government, the private sector and investment partners.

Learn More

Barberton Growth Fund

The Barberton Growth Fund was established by the Barberton Community Development Corporation (BCDC) thanks to a significant investment from the Barberton Community Foundation. The fund’s goal is to invest in entrepreneurs interesting in growing their businesses in the city of Barberton.

Learn More

The Bit Factory

The Bit Factory is a software startup accelerator located in Akron, Ohio. We accept startups with dedicated and passionate founders building amazing software or hardware in any field or industry.

Learn More

Concept Capital

Concept Capital, a for-profit venture capital company associated with holding company Crossroads Group, helps young people with long-term, viable business models get their start. It is not looking for restaurant or bar ideas, but for innovative product or service businesses that can be deployed on a larger scale.

Learn More

Emerging Market Fund

The Emerging Market Fund (EMF) provides capital and connections to diverse, young, Ohio-based companies and has a focus on investing in very high potential, high growth tech-based companies owned by minority, women and inner-city-based entrepreneurs.

Learn More

Innovation Fund

The Innovation Fund, founded by the Lorain County Community College Foundation, is a regional fund focused on supporting technology-based entrepreneurial endeavors and emerging technology-based businesses.

Learn More

JumpStart

JumpStart provides venture capital and intensive, high-impact assistance to diverse entrepreneurs and small businesses owners, working one-on-one to establish and achieve value-creating milestones of growth.

Learn More

North Coast Angel Fund

NCAF is a contributed capital and “sidecar” pre-seed investment fund with a focus on early-stage technology investments.

Learn More

Northeast Ohio Student Venture Fund

NEOSVF is a 501(c)(3) student run organization that funds high-growth potential, startups in Northeast Ohio in the area of Advanced Materials, Medical Technology, Fuel Cells, Energy Storage, Medical Technology, Software Applications, Sensing and Automation Technologies, Situational Awareness Systems, Surveillance Systems Solar and Photovoltaics.

Learn More

Tech Sprout

Tech Sprout provides small amounts of funding to help early-stage entrepreneurs turn high-tech ideas into viable businesses. The fund is administered by Mansfield’s Braintree Business Development Center, and is designed to help move ideas toward commercialization.

Flashstarts

Flashstarts is a three-month accelerator for technology companies in downtown Cleveland. The intensive program provides capital and support with product development, customer development, pitching, hiring and fundraising, and matches firms with mentors to help their progress.

Learn More

Great Lakes Innovation and Development Enterprise

GLIDE provides professional business assistance and technology incubator space to companies at every stage of development.  They connect entrepreneurs with the tools and resources they need to succeed and offer a sophisticated business environment with amenities that help companies function efficiently and effectively.

Learn More

Higher Education Collaboration Council

The JumpStart Higher Education Collaboration Council connects Northeast Ohio-based higher education institutions and community members to the Northeast Ohio entrepreneurial community.

Learn More

JumpStart

JumpStart unlocks the full potential of diverse and ambitious entrepreneurs to economically transform entire communities.

Learn More

MAGNET Incubation Center

At the MAGNET Incubation Center (MIC), members receive assistance turning manufactured product ideas into growing businesses.

Learn More

Northeast Ohio Medical University

NEOMED is a community-based, public university that partners with other colleges and universities; health care providers, pharmacies and research companies; and business, civic and public leaders to help bring wellness and access to health care to the medically underserved in Ohio and throughout the nation.

Learn More

Ohio Aerospace Institute

OAI is a non-profit organization that enhances the aerospace competitiveness of its corporate, federal agency, non-profit and university members through research and technology development, workforce preparedness and engagement with networks for innovation.

Learn More

Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center

TBEIC is a federally funded business incubator aimed at growing energy technologies and allied products/services such as: advanced materials, electronics, and efficiency, control systems.

Learn More

University of Akron Research Foundation

UARF was established in 2001 to promote and support university/industry collaboration and to provide effective mechanisms by which UA discoveries and inventions are developed and commercialized.

Learn More

Youngstown Business Incubator

YBI helps accelerate emerging businesses by providing an array of invaluable services. Facilities, equipment, resource networks, entrepreneurial counseling, and networking opportunities – all of which are critical to successful business development.

Learn More

Investment Funds

Building a tech startup or growing a small tech business is a journey. The Northeast Ohio Startup Network facilitates access to the right capital solution to drive your venture forward.

Our funds are designed for entrepreneurs following the highest growth path, interested in raising significant outside funding and/or operating in a technology industry in which significant growth is possible. The regional funds listed below are affiliated with the Network and/or Ohio Third Frontier Pre-Seed/Seed Plus Fund Capitalization Program and do not include private funds and angels.

Akron BioInvestments Funds

The Akron BioInvestments Funds support the attraction and establishment of biomedical companies in Akron. Created by the City of Akron through its Akron Development Corporation, The Akron BioInvestments Funds is comprised of two parts: the Product Development Fund and the Rapid Commercialization Loan Fund.

Learn More

Appleseed Microfinance

Appleseed Microfinance, which is based at the Braintree Business Development Center in Mansfield, provides small capital for small businesses in the 21 counties of Northeast Ohio.

Learn More

The ARCHAngel Network

Formed in 2005, The ARCHAngel (Akron Regional Change Angel) Network is a regional forum for introducing investors to market-driven, technology-based investment opportunities within Northeast Ohio and particularly those within the greater Akron area. The Network’s leadership team consists of representatives from the University of Akron, enterprise accelerators, regional initiatives, local government, the private sector and investment partners.

Learn More

Barberton Growth Fund

The Barberton Growth Fund was established by the Barberton Community Development Corporation (BCDC) thanks to a significant investment from the Barberton Community Foundation. The fund’s goal is to invest in entrepreneurs interesting in growing their businesses in the city of Barberton.

Learn More

The Bit Factory

The Bit Factory is a software startup accelerator located in Akron, Ohio. We accept startups with dedicated and passionate founders building amazing software or hardware in any field or industry.

Learn More

Concept Capital

Concept Capital, a for-profit venture capital company associated with holding company Crossroads Group, helps young people with long-term, viable business models get their start. It is not looking for restaurant or bar ideas, but for innovative product or service businesses that can be deployed on a larger scale.

Learn More

Emerging Market Fund

The Emerging Market Fund (EMF) provides capital and connections to diverse, young, Ohio-based companies and has a focus on investing in very high potential, high growth tech-based companies owned by minority, women and inner-city-based entrepreneurs.

Learn More

Innovation Fund

The Innovation Fund, founded by the Lorain County Community College Foundation, is a regional fund focused on supporting technology-based entrepreneurial endeavors and emerging technology-based businesses.

Learn More

JumpStart

JumpStart provides venture capital and intensive, high-impact assistance to diverse entrepreneurs and small businesses owners, working one-on-one to establish and achieve value-creating milestones of growth.

Learn More

North Coast Angel Fund

NCAF is a contributed capital and “sidecar” pre-seed investment fund with a focus on early-stage technology investments.

Learn More

Northeast Ohio Student Venture Fund

NEOSVF is a 501(c)(3) student run organization that funds high-growth potential, startups in Northeast Ohio in the area of Advanced Materials, Medical Technology, Fuel Cells, Energy Storage, Medical Technology, Software Applications, Sensing and Automation Technologies, Situational Awareness Systems, Surveillance Systems Solar and Photovoltaics.

Learn More

Tech Sprout

Tech Sprout provides small amounts of funding to help early-stage entrepreneurs turn high-tech ideas into viable businesses. The fund is administered by Mansfield’s Braintree Business Development Center, and is designed to help move ideas toward commercialization.

Learn More

Wooster Opportunity Loan Fund

The Wooster Opportunity Loan Fund supports early stage, high-potential technology companies located in or willing to move to Wayne County. The fund awards loans of up to $35,000 to companies with high potential to raise venture capital money and create new jobs.

Learn More

University Resources

Ashland University – Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

The mission of the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurial Studies is to ignite the entrepreneurial spirit of the students, Faculty, University, Alumni and greater Ashland community.

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BGSU Firelands – Office of Educational Outreach

The Office for Educational Outreach offers a diverse range of educational programs designed to serve the businesses and citizens of our area community.

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Baldwin Wallace University – Center for Innovation & Growth

The Center for Innovation & Growth (CIG) prepares tomorrow’s leaders to change their world as students learn — and practice — skills in creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. The CIG infuses a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship campus-wide and contributes to the regional economy.

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Baldwin Wallace University – NEOLaunchNET

Powered by the Burton D. Morgan Foundation, NEOLaunchNET is a co-curricular program providing free and confidential venture coaching, idea contests, pitch competitions, networking opportunities, in-class presentations, and a host of visiting entrepreneurs and activities that complement BW’s innovation and entrepreneurship courses.

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Baldwin Wallace University – School of Business: Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Today’s ever-changing business environment needs idea-generators. People who are strategic thinkers with a creative mindset and passion for problem solving. BW’s major in innovation & entrepreneurship can help you develop the skills to succeed. It is designed as a second major to complement a primary program of study-humanities, business, music and social, physical and health sciences.

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Case Western Reserve University – NEOLaunchNet

CWRU NEOLaunchNet serves students and alumni of Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Institute of Art, and Cleveland Institute of Music. Since 2012, CWRU NEOLaunchNet has helped more than 500 students and alumni to research and establish enterprises. NEOLaunchNet supported ventures have raised millions of dollars through competitions, public sources, and private investors. CWRU NEOLaunchNet is a member of the Burton D. Morgan NEOLaunchNet community.

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Cleveland Institute of Art – Career Center

The Career Center at CIA provides services to students, alumni, and employers. The Career Center is there for students as they work to build their own studio practice, join established businesses, become entrepreneurs, or continue towards an advanced degree.

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Cleveland State University – Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs: Center for Economic Development

The Center for Economic Development provides research and technical assistance to governments, nonprofits, and businesses. The Center is dedicated to help measure policy performance, assess economic impacts and inform on growth of businesses, industries, regions and cities. The Center can help develop a compelling argument for funding your next project or illustrating how programs bring positive community and regional economic results. The Center serves as a designated U.S. Economic Development Administration University Center.

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Cleveland State University – Monte Ahuja College of Business: Centers for Outreach & Engagement

Regarded in high esteem for their strategic development and delivery of programs that address current needs and future business challenges, the Centers for Outreach & Engagement help to position organizations for economic success. The Centers partner with the Northeast Ohio business community, government agencies, and academic institutions worldwide to deliver courses, seminars, research, and other outreach initiatives.

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Cleveland State University – Monte Ahuja College of Business: Sustainable Business Center

The Sustainable Business Center at the Monte Ahuja College of Business offers current and future business leaders a multidisciplinary approach to learning and implementing sustainability initiatives. Real and immediate value is added through connections to cutting-edge research, graduate students and other opportunities for Northeast Ohio businesses to initiate service-learning projects with our business students.

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College of Wooster – Center for Entrepreneurship

The Center for Entrepreneurship offers a wide variety of programs and activities that support the entrepreneurial sprit of students from all majors. Any student with an interest in creating solutions, products or services can find opportunities to complement and enhance their professional development and academic experience.

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Cuyahoga Community College – Metropolitan Campus

The Metropolitan (Metro) Campus opened in 1969 as Tri-C’s first campus. Located near downtown Cleveland in the Campus District, the Metro Campus offers state-of-the-art health careers labs, is home to the nationally-renowned Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland, and features industry-standard learning laboratories in programs such as Recording Arts and Technology, Hospitality Management and Electronic/Electrical Engineering.

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Hiram College – Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship

Integrated Entrepreneurship at Hiram integrates the concepts of entrepreneurship into the liberal arts through curricular and extra-curricular activities to help students develop skills such as – critical thinking, curiosity, ethical awareness, ability to write and speak clearly, ability to draw and synthesize knowledge from diverse sources and apply to diverse uses, insight into the human experience, and a life-long love of learning.

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John Carroll University – Edward M. Muldoon Center for Entrepreneurship

The Edward M. Muldoon Center for Entrepreneurship and its partners host, attract and support a range of entrepreneurial activity, interests and people across John Carroll University and the Boler School of Business. The Edward M. Muldoon Center for Entrepreneurship is the headquarters for entrepreneurship at John Carroll University.

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Kent State University – College of Business Administration: Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship

The Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship offers a variety of programs designed to meet your needs. With three majors and two minors, there are combinations to suit your interests whether you want to start your own business, work in a corporation or small business, go into sales, product development or brand management.

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Kent State University – Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation

Through its cutting edge collaborative research, the Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation at Kent State University advances current understanding of entrepreneurship to guide and engage students, community members, academic researchers and policy makers thus making a positive difference in the entrepreneurial eco-system in Northeast Ohio and the world beyond our network of campuses.

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Kent State University – NEOLaunchNET

NEOLaunchNET KSU helps KSU students, faculty/staff, and alumni transform their ideas into thriving businesses, successful projects, or innovative collaborations. Through meetings, mentoring, workshops, and events NEOLaunchNET promotes entrepreneurship and innovation, as well as helping clients create new businesses or grow existing start-ups. NEOLaunchNET Kent State is a member of NEOLaunchNET, powered by the Burton D. Morgan Foundation.

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Kent State University – Stark

Kent State University at Stark is Kent State’s largest regional campus, serving Stark County and the surrounding area for more than 70 years. As Stark County’s only public university, Kent State Stark plays a vital role in generating a more educated workforce, attracting and retaining qualified individuals to the area and contributing to the positive economic development of the region.

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Kent State University at Tuscarawas – Business & Community Services

Kent State University at Tuscarawas works closely with the business community to provide educational programs relevant to the workforce of today and tomorrow. Through Business and Community Services, students are linked to the resources and expertise of a major metropolitan university that is staffed by award-winning faculty, as well as leading experts from business, industry and the professions.

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Lake Erie College – The Center for Entrepreneurship (CFE)

Established in 2007, the Center for Entrepreneurship (CFE) is a collaborative effort reaching across all the Learning Communities at Lake Erie College and throughout the Northeast Ohio business community. CFE seeks to prepare and inspire the students of Lake Erie College to act entrepreneurially by positively influencing their ability, confidence, and willingness to start and grow successful new ventures.

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Lakeland Community College – Entrepreneurship Center

Lakeland’s Entrepreneurship Center supports existing businesses and encourages the creation of new businesses. The Center works in partnership with the Lake/Geauga Small Business Development Center at Lakeland Community College. Together, the programs provide quality learning opportunities for small businesses in the community and our students.

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Lorain County Community College – NEOLaunchNET

NEOLaunchNET at Lorain County Community College is a co-curricular program that serves students, alumni, staff and faculty to encourage entrepreneurial thinking, innovative mindset, creative collaboration, and venture creation through coaching, events, and connections in Northeast Ohio. NEO NEOLaunchNET is supported by the Burton D. Morgan Foundation.

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Mount Union – Department of Economics, Accounting and Business Administration

The Department of Economics, Accounting, and Business Administration prepares students for professional lives in business and related fields. Mount Union’s minor in entrepreneurship is administered through the Department of Economics, Accounting, and Business Administration.

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Notre Dame College – The Enterprise Development Center

The Enterprise Development Center at Notre Dame College (EDC@NDC) represents an innovative approach to creating academic and experiential learning opportunities for students, while supporting Northeast Ohio’s startups and small businesses. By partnering with community and funding partners, the EDC@NDC promotes entrepreneurial thinking—a tenent of Notre Dame’s president, among others—and provides an interdisciplinary internship program

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Oberlin – Creativity & Leadership: Entrepreneurship at Oberlin

Creativity & Leadership: Entrepreneurship at Oberlin is a multi-disciplinary effort designed to encourage students to put their innovative ideas into practice. The program reflects Oberlin’s artistic excellence, academic rigor, and longstanding commitment to preparing students for leadership and civic engagement.

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Stark State College

Stark State College provides quality, high-value associate degrees, certificates, and professional development in diverse, student-centered learning environments. The College is dedicated to lifelong learning; affordable, transferable higher education; and career success. Stark State College advances quality of life through access, academic success, stewardship, and business and community partnerships.

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University of Akron – College of Business Administration: Fitzgerald Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies

The vision of the Fitzgerald Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies is to promote entrepreneurship throughout the University of Akron, community, region, U.S. and the world through the dissemination of practical “experiential” and theoretical knowledge, which will benefit society as a whole.

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University of Akron – Innovation Practice Center

When it is formally created, the Innovation Practice Center (IPC) will offer the vision and leadership to effectively launch innovative ideas and promising research into successful entrepreneurial ventures by engaging students, faculty and community in the process of innovation, invention and entrepreneurship. Housed within the IPC will be the Proof of Concept (POC) initiative.

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University of Akron School of Law – Small Entrepreneur and Economic Development (SEED) Clinic

In this transactional clinic, law students provide low-cost legal and business assistance to small and emerging businesses in the local community. The SEED Clinic helps with business planning, operating agreements, employment law questions, contract/lease issues, entity selection, and nonprofit assistance.

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Walsh University – Deville School of Business

The DeVille School of Business offers a quality business education that prepares our graduates for success in today’s competitive, global economic marketplace. A unique interdisciplinary approach provides students access to a broad range of up-to-date business courses providing for a well-rounded education. Experiential learning opportunities and internships are readily available for students and are often a stepping stone to a graduate’s first full-time job.

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Youngstown State University – Williamson College of Business Administration: The Entrepreneurship Center

The primary goal of The Entrepreneurship Center, which resides in The Williamson College of Business Administration at Youngstown State University, is the development of entrepreneurship initiatives and programs. A 12 S.H. Certificate in Entrepreneurship and an 18 S.H. Minor are offered. YSU students of all majors may pursue both the Certificate and the Minor and learn how to transform their idea, product or service into a new business.

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Investment Funds

Building a tech startup or growing a small tech business is a journey. The Northeast Ohio Startup Network facilitates access to the right capital solution to drive your venture forward.

Our funds are designed for entrepreneurs following the highest growth path, interested in raising significant outside funding and/or operating in a technology industry in which significant growth is possible. The regional funds listed below are affiliated with the Network and/or Ohio Third Frontier Pre-Seed/Seed Plus Fund Capitalization Program and do not include private funds and angels.

Akron BioInvestments Funds

The Akron BioInvestments Funds support the attraction and establishment of biomedical companies in Akron. Created by the City of Akron through its Akron Development Corporation, The Akron BioInvestments Funds is comprised of two parts: the Product Development Fund and the Rapid Commercialization Loan Fund.

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Appleseed Microfinance

Appleseed Microfinance, which is based at the Braintree Business Development Center in Mansfield, provides small capital for small businesses in the 21 counties of Northeast Ohio.

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The ARCHAngel Network

Formed in 2005, The ARCHAngel (Akron Regional Change Angel) Network is a regional forum for introducing investors to market-driven, technology-based investment opportunities within Northeast Ohio and particularly those within the greater Akron area. The Network’s leadership team consists of representatives from the University of Akron, enterprise accelerators, regional initiatives, local government, the private sector and investment partners.

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Barberton Growth Fund

The Barberton Growth Fund was established by the Barberton Community Development Corporation (BCDC) thanks to a significant investment from the Barberton Community Foundation. The fund’s goal is to invest in entrepreneurs interesting in growing their businesses in the city of Barberton.

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The Bit Factory

The Bit Factory is a software startup accelerator located in Akron, Ohio. We accept startups with dedicated and passionate founders building amazing software or hardware in any field or industry.

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Concept Capital

Concept Capital, a for-profit venture capital company associated with holding company Crossroads Group, helps young people with long-term, viable business models get their start. It is not looking for restaurant or bar ideas, but for innovative product or service businesses that can be deployed on a larger scale.

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Emerging Market Fund

The Emerging Market Fund (EMF) provides capital and connections to diverse, young, Ohio-based companies and has a focus on investing in very high potential, high growth tech-based companies owned by minority, women and inner-city-based entrepreneurs.

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Innovation Fund

The Innovation Fund, founded by the Lorain County Community College Foundation, is a regional fund focused on supporting technology-based entrepreneurial endeavors and emerging technology-based businesses.

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JumpStart

JumpStart provides venture capital and intensive, high-impact assistance to diverse entrepreneurs and small businesses owners, working one-on-one to establish and achieve value-creating milestones of growth.

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North Coast Angel Fund

NCAF is a contributed capital and “sidecar” pre-seed investment fund with a focus on early-stage technology investments.

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Northeast Ohio Student Venture Fund

NEOSVF is a 501(c)(3) student run organization that funds high-growth potential, startups in Northeast Ohio in the area of Advanced Materials, Medical Technology, Fuel Cells, Energy Storage, Medical Technology, Software Applications, Sensing and Automation Technologies, Situational Awareness Systems, Surveillance Systems Solar and Photovoltaics.

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Tech Sprout

Tech Sprout provides small amounts of funding to help early-stage entrepreneurs turn high-tech ideas into viable businesses. The fund is administered by Mansfield’s Braintree Business Development Center, and is designed to help move ideas toward commercialization.

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 Business Grants, Loans and Tax Credits

The Ohio Development Services Agency has a variety of bonds, grants, loans and tax credits that can assist Ohio companies as they grow and create jobs in Ohio.

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