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The altafiber (Cincinnati Bell) Innovation Hub fosters collaboration between employees and UC students and faculty, resulting in innovative applications and products that leverage the company's deep fiber network and expertise in the region. With more than $800 million invested in its local fiber network — which delivers high-speed internet service to consumers and businesses across the region — altafiber is increasing its focus on developing new products to help customers maximize their connections.

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BTS is a global consultancy with 35+ offices operating at the intersection of strategy consulting and people development. For over three decades the firm has been partnering with business leaders to design powerful experiences that have a profound and lasting impact on businesses and their people. As the global leader in modeling roles, businesses, strategies, cultures, and workflows; BTS helps your people feel included in the company’s direction. Their personalized digital journeys, deep expertise on mindset and emphasis on co-creation give leaders at all levels and verticals the ability to practice the behaviors needed to support company transformations. BTS will be basing their global innovation & digital transformation hub in 1819 to host their global clients for field immersions, host learning programs for 1819 partners and to experiment their way into the digital future with their signature “big hearted and high performing” approach.

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CincyTech invests in seed to early stage, high potential digital and life science companies, primarily in Southwest Ohio. Its highly-skilled team provides advice and capital to entrepreneurs, helps research institutions commercialize technology through startups, and catalyzes investment from individuals and institutions to create world-class companies, generating jobs, economic vitality and wealth in Southwest Ohio. As the 1819 Venture Lab serves as a pipeline for new startups that will need incubation and further help and involvement from our regional ecosystem, tremendous synergies exist with having CincyTech in the building.

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Inside Fifth Third Bank's evolving creative space within the 1819 Innovation Hub, team members are prototyping, learning and collaborating with other businesses. Members of Fifth Third’s innovation team remain headquartered at ONE67, the bank’s innovation center at its downtown campus, but they regularly utilize the 1819 innovation space to work with UC students, faculty and industry partners. 

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Fireroad is the brainchild of Tim Metzner and Ry Walker, who emerged in 2023 as a formidable platform of companies dedicated to fostering innovation at every stage:

  • The Fireroad Foundry collaborates with founders during their emergent stages, guiding the swift testing of ideas, developing minimum viable products (MVPs) and pursuing product-market fit.
  • Fireroad HoldCo invests in existing businesses, actively implementing technology, automation, and proven processes to catalyze growth.
  • Fireroad Ventures focuses on early-stage tech companies led by visionary founders.

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FIS is a leading payments provider with a unique capability to power global integrated omni-commerce, any payment, anywhere. With industry-leading scale and an unmatched integrated technology platform, FIS offers customers a comprehensive suite of products and services globally, delivered through a single provider. FIS processes over 40 billion transactions annually, supporting more than 300 payment types across 146 countries and 126 currencies. The company is focused on expanding into high-growth markets and customer segments including global eCommerce, integrated payments and B2B.

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  • Coffee hours: Join us for casual conversations on matters that affect academia and industry.
  • Innovation forums: Gain industry insights through panel discussions.
  • Collaborations​: Work with other partners on areas of common interest​.


With a presence spanning across Ohio, Indiana and North Carolina, HEAPY is a leading provider of comprehensive engineering solutions. The firm's expertise encompasses mechanical, electrical, plumbing and technology engineering design, along with top-notch design-build construction management and commissioning services. Notably, the company boasts a substantial portfolio that includes the successful oversight of over 450 LEED projects, as well as the execution of net-zero and WELL certified projects.

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Kao USA Inc. is a leading manufacturer of premium beauty care brands that are recognized around the world for their innovation and quality. The Kao USA Inc. portfolio includes Jergens® and Curel® hand and body lotions; Biore® facial care; John Frieda® hair care; Ban® antiperspirants; Goldwell, KMS and Oribe professional hair care; and Molton Brown products for body and home. Kao USA uses its 1819 innovation space to highlight top innovation initiatives and recruit prospective employees. Kao USA also works with UC’s Venture Lab — a leading technology accelerator and business incubator — to fast-track and test new ideas. 

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The Kroger Advanced Technology and Innovation Lab at the 1819 Innovation Hub is an epicenter of an innovation ecosystem designed to embrace a diversity of thought and talent.  With a focus on artificial intelligence, video analytics, IOT, streaming analytics, context computing, simulation and digital twins we deliver on meaningful results, showcase the impossible, project our technology and innovation brand, facilitate collaboration, attract talent and develop novel approaches to work. 

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Main Street Ventures, recipient of the 2023 Cincy Inno “Catalyst” Fire Award, is the greater Cincinnati region’s small business and entrepreneur support organization that provides financial capital in the form of grants and community connections to emerging businesses with the potential to create jobs and vibrant communities.

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Microsoft enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Together, Microsoft and the 1819 Innovation Hub are developing programs for skilling students, engaging faculty to solve core research and innovation initiatives, and enhance skilling programs for enterprise customers within the Cincinnati Innovation District.

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Backed by significant, continuing investment from P&G, the center’s collaborative teams of P&G employees and UC faculty and students give the company access to talent and solutions while providing opportunities for students to work on more than 200 real-world industrial projects to date. The P&G Digital Accelerator @ the University of Cincinnati is credited with expediting cost-effective solutions to critical commercial problems and providing a larger recruiting pool for P&G.

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Tembo is a commercial open-source database company based on the popular database, Postgres, focused on dramatically simplifying the developer experience of deploying, managing and scaling Postgres through a novel database-as-code approach. The company is building a modern, fully-managed Postgres service with an emphasis on extendability, empowering users to take full advantage of the entire Postgres extension ecosystem. The Tembo product uses any extension, even custom and private; provides UI for popular extensions; and offers a framework to include the community in those efforts. Solution kits make it easy to get started using Postgres for specific new use cases, and an intelligent advisor helps clients better use the features that they're already employing in Postgres.

Western & Southern was founded in 1888 as The Western and Southern Life Insurance Company in Cincinnati. Over the last 135 years, the company has grown from a door-to-door business to a $100+ billion parent company with multiple insurance and financial services subsidiaries. Along the way, Western & Southern has helped lead efforts to position Cincinnati as a fertile location for entrepreneurs and startups. In 2020, Western & Southern joined Cintrifuse, JobsOhio and Fifth Third Bank to launch FinTech Frontier, a Cincy-based collaboration to drive innovation in financial services.

Village Life Outreach Project is a non-profit organization founded in 2004 and based in Cincinnati. Village Life works in partnership with three remote villages in the east African nation of Tanzania to design and implement projects to fight poverty, augment healthcare and improve lives. Funded by UC Health, UC and private contributions, the organization partners with University of Cincinnati students and faculty; as well as others, to create sustainable change in the areas of healthcare, water quality and access, nutrition, and educational opportunities in Tanzania.

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Projects are investments between UC and our CID partners, involving university students and researchers with a well-defined scope, timeline and deliverables. ​

  • UC Venture Lab​: Take your new idea through UC’s Pre-Accelerator model.
  • UC Groundfloor Makerspace: Access equipment available exclusively to CID partners and the UC community.​
  • UC Centers of Excellence: Connect with a multidisciplinary team of UC experts to help you solve problems that matter​.
  • World-class facilities​: Access UC core facilities used for government research with standardized contracts and rates for industry partners​.
  • Contractual work: Own your IP and publications and set deliverables​ through contractual agreements ​with UC researchers.
  • Licensing: Leverage research being done at UC by licensing discoveries. ​


Future proof your workforce. ​The University of Cincinnati provides resources for partner companies to enrich and enhance their employees’ skill sets.

  • Workshops: Help your staff gain an introductory level of knowledge through brief exposure to topics.
  • Bootcamps​: Provide your team with Intermediate to advanced level training, with options for industry recognized credentials.
  • Online classes and degree programs​: Connect your staff with opportunities for coursework toward academic certifications or degrees.


Talent is our new global currency. We connect CID partners with a talent spectrum from full-time hiring to co-ops.

  • CID partner exclusives​ including speed networking
  • Classroom speaking engagements​
  • UC career fairs participation​
  • Micro internships ​
  • Innovation challenges and hackathon​s
  • Capstones ​
  • Co-ops/internships ​
  • PhD fellowships
  • Early access to graduates for hiring top talent