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1819 Innovation Hub


UC Digital Futures

The Innovative Ecosystem at the University of Cincinnati

Promoting Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The University of Cincinnati takes great care to promote student involvement in innovation and entrepreneurship. Thanks to the NEXT Lives Here campaign, the campus is prioritizing innovation now more than ever. Students have the opportunity to choose from over 20 innovation-focused courses, participate in over a dozen different extracurricular groups, and take part in challenges at the 1819 Innovation Hub. Students are also able to attend various workshops and seminars that provide exposure to all the things possible while in college and post grad. Additionally, the university’s awarded co-op program allows students to branch out and pursue innovative ideas at companies across the world.

Encouraging Faculty Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Students are not the only focus of promoting innovation on campus; the university actively encourages faculty members to pursue innovation. As a Research 1 university, the University of Cincinnati takes great pride in its innovative, curious, and creative faculty. UC offers grant writing services to researchers in order to promote entrepreneurial and innovative research, and the university also has positions for entrepreneurs in residence and an endowed chair in entrepreneurship. Several colleges within the University of Cincinnati also offer research grants that faculty within each college are able to apply for.

Actively Supporting the University Technology Transfer Function

UC has strong technology transfer resources that help innovators take their ideas from theory to the real world. The Technology Transfer program in the Office of Innovation supports entrepreneurs by providing resources for every step of development, and the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic helps connect ideas to the surrounding community at large.

Facilitating University-Industry Collaboration

The University of Cincinnati invented the concept of co-operative education in 1906 and has been working with hundreds of partners in the industry ever since. Students earn a collective $65 million annually from 6,000 placements across the United States and the world in fields ranging from Aerospace Engineering to Industrial Design to Finance. In addition to full length co-ops, the university now offers micro co-ops that connect students with industry partners to collaborate on a short term project.

Engaging with Regional and Local Economic Development Efforts

The University of Cincinnati is strongly connected with local Innovation and Entrepreneurship infrastructure. The Cincinnati Innovation District, an ecosystem of thinkers, researchers, students, and industry is poised to become an innovation hub for the Midwest and will be closely partnered with the university to produce $2bn in research, 20k jobs, and $3bn in annual economic impact. The University of Cincinnati is one of the largest employers in the Greater Cincinnati area and, as a result, is a strong driver of economic development in local communities. The university continues to grow through the installation of the Digital Futures building. By bringing in companies focused on leveraging innovation, the university propagates a collaboration between students and CID partners.