About the Venture Lab

Our story:

University of Cincinnati leaders and our strategic industry partners recognized opportunity in a gap in the local startup ecosystem. Existing local accelerators, incubators, angel investors and venture capitalists were not in a position to focus on very early-stage innovation with commercialization potential.  President Pinto's vision for UC to innovate in the space where research and higher ed meet industry led to establishment of UC 1819 Innovation Hub in 2018; a proud flagship of the currently expanding Cincinnati Innovation District.

Since launching Venture Lab, the number of startups emerging from the University of Cincinnati ecosystem has increased dramatically. Previously, UC was producing 1-3 startups per year; we have facilitated 75+ startups in just our first four years of operation, generating tens of millions of dollars in grant funding, third-party investment and revenue. 

What changed? We now systematically focus on driving good ideas toward startup launch. Our unique Pre-Accelerator program is your entry point, where we help you explore commercialization potential of your novel business concept. We connect innovators with seasoned industry professionals and resources, as well as vital knowledge to fast-track your concept. We then provide access to University of Cincinnati and State of Ohio grant funding to those innovative ideas with significant startup potential. We work with researchers, faculty, staff, students, corporate partners and community members throughout the Tri-State region.

Want to learn more? Check out a few Startup Stories from innovative teams who have participated in UC Venture Lab.

You are invited to join us for the next UC Venture Lab Pre-Accelerator Graduation Day event. The current cohort of innovators will each share with the audience, in rapid 5-minute presentations, their big idea, why it matters, and what connections and technical help they need to launch as a startup. Join us for great espresso, pastries, and community.