The Office of Innovation was formed in 2017 when the University’s 30th president, Dr. Neville G. Pinto, completed a new strategic direction called “Next Lives Here” with an Innovation Agenda as one of its primary platforms.
Since its creation, this office has:
Developed a ‘front door’ process for industry partners to access talent, and recruited nine strategic partners to co-locate next to the university in the 1819 Innovation Hub.
Attracted over 50,000 students, faculty, staff, and community members in its first year of operation.
Generated record commercialization metrics for the Univ. of Cincinnati in terms of inventions and startups launched.
Developed tiered licensing options for industry, that make it clear upfront that we are serious about doing business and generating deal flow.
Implemented an ‘express license’ option to increase the velocity of potential startups.
Brought online a makerspace + microfactory serving the entire university, that has seen over 1,400 users in its first 9 months of operation.
Recruited CincyTech (entrepreneurial service provider for Southwest Ohio) to the 1819 Innovation Hub to support entrepreneurial efforts.
Hosted academic classes in the 1819 building focused on innovation, entrepreneurship, cross-disciplinary problem-solving, or engagement with industry.