Innovate with UC

Elevate your capabilities and expand your resources by partnering with the Cincinnati Innovation District.

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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


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.


Connect with other CID partners through formal and informal events.

  • 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​.


Partners list

These are strategic partners for the 1819 Innovation Hub.

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.

Read more about Altafiber.

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.

Read more about BTS.

The vision of the Cincinnati Insurance Companies is to be the best at serving independent agents. To achieve this, they are using the 1819 partnership as a way to create, discover and test ideas to provide products, services and expertise that delivers on the needs of their clients. The CIC Innovation Lab @ 1819 will enable access to talent, development of an environment and scalable platform to accelerate innovation, and creation of a culture of innovation with their associates and agencies.

Read more about Cincinnati Insurance Companies.

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.

Read more about CincyTech.

The mission of the EPA is to protect human health and the environment. The agency develops and enforces regulations, gives grants, studies environmental issues, sponsors partnerships, teaches people about the environment and publishes information in order to achieve their mission.

Read more about the EPA.

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. 

Read more about Fifth Third Bank.

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.

Read more about FIS.

Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, the operations of Great American Insurance Group are engaged primarily in property and casualty insurance, focusing on specialty commercial products for businesses. Great American Insurance Company has received an “A” (Excellent) or higher rating from the A.M. Best Company for more than 110 years (most recent rating evaluation of “A+” - Superior -  affirmed October 28, 2020). 

Read more about Great American Insurance Group.

IncludeHealth is an Ohio-based digital health and performance company delivering next-generation musculoskeletal care and training. Recognized with 28 international innovation and health awards, the company's proprietary technology is used in orthopedics, neuroscience, pediatric care, senior care, government and general wellness. IncludeHealth has dedicated more than half of its 1819 space to a “connected clinic” showcasing its technology. 

Read more about Include Health.

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. 

Read more about KAO.

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. 

Read more about Kroger Technology.

Lightship Capital is a nationally recognized startup accelerator that serves underrepresented, tech-driven startups through mentorship, specialized curriculum, partnerships and capital investments, providing them the resources and guidance they need to scale. Hillman is under the venture fund Lightship Capital. Lightship engages executives in residence with experience at corporations including Yum! Brands, Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and more. Their EIRs are thoughtfully matched to portfolio companies based on industry, experience and their ability to create meaningful wins for founders. 

Read more about Lightship Capital.

The Live Well Collaborative (LWC) is a non-profit (501 c-6) co-founded in 2007 by UC and Procter & Gamble (P&G). Its purpose is to specialize in user research for the development of products and services for living well across the life span, with expertise in the 50-plus marketplace. It is a unique academic-industry driven innovation center where interdisciplinary teams of UC faculty and students use a design thinking approach to translate consumer research into products and services.  LWC has worked with over 15 corporate and institutional partners. Current work is being done with Boeing, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, UC Health and P&G. Its most recent work with Cincinnati Children's Hospital has produced solutions that have been implemented and are undergoing validation studies. The work with P&G and Boeing has been translated into several patents.

Read more about The Live Well Collaborative.

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.

Read more about Microsoft.

The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 established NIOSH as a research agency focused on the study of worker safety and health, and empowering employers and workers to create safe and healthy workplaces. NIOSH is part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It has the mandate to assure “every man and woman in the Nation safe and healthful working conditions and to preserve our human resources.” 

Read more about NIOSH.

Orange Grove Bio is a preclinical drug investment and development platform focused on driving down the cost of drug discovery while advancing therapies into clinical trials. The firm partners with leading universities to license transformational medicines. Orange Grove Bio and its university partners streamline licensing to speed up development, with the goal of getting drugs to market faster.

Read more about Orange Grove Bio

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.

Read more about innovation at P&G.


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.

Read more about the Village Life Outreach Project.