Ohio University’s award-winning startup incubator, the Innovation Center (IC), is offering young businesses a novel, affordable way to take advantage of its resources and interact with the larger start-up community.
The new Virtual Client Membership program is designed for entrepreneurs who don’t require IC’s office space but want access to its other resources, including professional business mentors, biotech laboratories, conference rooms, funding support and entrepreneurial events.
“We are so pleased to offer this new membership option, which will allow the IC to broaden and increase its impact on the local economy,” says IC director Stacy Strauss. “This offering allows us to meet the changing needs of clients and ensures we remain current and relevant in the value we provide to budding entrepreneurs and growing businesses.”
Over the last year, IC has attracted more than 300 participants to 12 entrepreneurship-related events such as the Founders’ Forum, where IC-affiliated start-up founders discuss key topics, offer lessons learned and share best practices.
In 2016, IC’s clients and alumni created 151 new jobs with an annual average salary that more than doubled the average income of the region. The same year, the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA) named IC the Rural Incubator of the Year. It also was ranked as a Top University Business Incubator for 2015-2017 according to UBI Global, an organization that assesses start-up incubators around the world.
Source: The Jackson County Times-Journal