Through the 1819 Innovation Hub – our front door to business – the University of Cincinnati connects corporate executives, small business owners, entrepreneurs and innovators to a variety of business development services.

With our assistance, you can: 

  • Launch scalable startups, from concept to takeoff
  • Access digital solutions like AI/AR, analytics, chatbots, cybersecurity, IT support and web development
  • Learn how to start, run and grow your business 
  • Develop new technical skills and certifications
  • Pursue executive education courses
  • Find solutions to your business problems
  • Future-proof your workforce through workshops, bootcamps and online classes
  • Access student and faculty talent
  • Build prototypes for testing new ideas
  • Complete certification programs for career or business development
  • Engage employees in teambuilding activities

Proof in the numbers: Thousands of professionals have worked with the University of Cincinnati to help their businesses soar. Here's why you should, too. 

Venture Lab

UC’s Venture Lab helps entrepreneurs from idea conception to startup launch. We connect the Bearcat community to knowledge, talent and resources to help launch scalable startups. Our eight-week pre-accelerator program explores the commercial potential of product or service concepts by identifying customers, analyzing the marketplace and giving you access to industry and market knowledge. 

1819 Learning Lab

Located in the 1819 Hub, and serving the broader Cincinnati Innovation District, the 1819 Learning Lab is a think tank for the art and science of learning. The lab enables people to learn and unlearn different mental models, empowers them to build a culture of learning and collaboration and excites their curiosity to unlock bigger, better and faster innovation.

Center for Entrepreneurship

The Center for Entrepreneurship offers consulting, executive education and professional development to leaders of new ventures and executives of mature businesses aspiring to be more entrepreneurial. Services, which are provided by UC faculty and staff work in conjunction with professional affiliates, include a Small Business Institute consulting program and executive MBA-level coursework for executives, business leaders and functional managers.

Technology Transfer

UC's Technology Transfer team works with UC-affiliated innovators to identify commercializable ideas, investable startup opportunities and licensable intellectual property, and we connect them with individuals and companies interested in licensing their IP. Our searchable database includes technologies available for licensing from advanced manufacturing techniques to vaccines. 

Ground Floor Makerspace

The Ground Floor Makerspace is open to all 1819 partners and other area businesses. Capabilities include 3D printers, graphics, laser cutting, textiles, sewing, CNC machining, electronics, IoT, waterjet cutting, woodshop, metalworking, welding, software and digital services. Engage your employees in teambuilding events, test new business ideas through student innovation challenges, create prototypes with the help of technical staff and develop new skills and certifications. Memberships are available to the greater Cincinnati community. 

Warren Bennis Leadership Institute

The Warren Bennis Leadership Institute creates opportunities for enhanced learning and growth for UC’s students, faculty, staff, alumni and community partners. The institute supports a range of activities and initiatives, including leadership training and executive education for both for-profit and non-profit community members.

IT Solutions Center

For 10 years, the IT Solutions Center has been providing reliable and affordable digital solutions to business clients in greater Cincinnati. Services include AI/AR development, analytics, chat bots, CPT chat, custom IT solutions, cybersecurity checks, full-service IT support, gaming, Microsoft Shop solutions, mobile app development, new technology evaluation, software support and web development.

Esports Innovation Lab

The Esports Innovation Lab is the home for practice, competition, events and community. The lab serves as a catalyst for student development, providing opportunities for personal and professional development with partners within the business community and the Cincinnati Innovation District. The lab and our state-of-the-art broadcast studio are both available by reservation for classes, workshops, teambuilding and podcasting. 

Goering Center for Family and Private Business

An initiative of the Lindner College of Business, the Goering Center for Family and Private Business promotes family business and job creation, growth and sustainability by advocating for family businesses, their lifetime of savings and the issues they face running their businesses every day. More than 400 family and private businesses make up our learning community, uniquely positioning the Goering Center to understand the challenges you face and provide the insights and tools to help you achieve greater success. 


The University of Cincinnati is the birthplace of cooperative education, and we consistently rank among the top five universities nationwide for co-ops. Each year, students earn a collective $75 million working for thousands of employers all over the world, including GE Aviation, Disney, Toyota, Kroger, P&G and more. 


Capstone projects serve as a culminating experience, allowing students to demonstrate practical application of knowledge while helping solve business problems. Recent UC capstone projects have included analysis of data for P&G’s FemCare Digital Innovation Team, assessment of electronic health records for life insurance underwriting, and development of a potential new treatment for iron overload disorder.

Bearcats Student Creative Agency

UC’s new in-house, student-powered creative agency includes a deep bench of talent in marketing, creative design, content creation, photo, video and social media. The agency currently works on projects for the university, and plans to expand their services to local businesses in the future. 

1819 University Honors Portal

The 1819 University Honors Portal is a hand-picked list of top student talent at UC. Launched in early 2023, the portal is being piloted among select corporate partners. Through the portal, companies can connect with students representing the best in creative thinking and adaptability.