Incubators and accelerators

The Brandery - A seed-stage startup accelerator ranked as one of the top programs in the U.S. Up to ten companies are selected annually to participate in a three-month program to turn great ideas into successful, brand-driving startups.

CincyTech - A public-private, seed-stage investor whose mission is to strengthen the regional economy by driving talent and capital into scalable technology-based companies in Southwest Ohio.

Cintrifuse - A non-profit organization with multiple membership levels that connects high-growth startups to the region's assets and opportunities. Cintrifuse provides its members mentors, business consultants, flexible workspaces, conference rooms and networking opportunities. As member businesses mature, a full range of content and programming services are available to assist with talent recruitment and retention, investment sources, revenue and exit opportunities. 

The Hamilton Mill - A small business incubator for green, clean, water, digital and advanced manufacturing technologies in Greater Cincinnati and Dayton. 

 Hamilton County Development Company (HCDC) Business Center - A nationally recognized startup incubator that helps entrepreneurs launch successful technology-oriented businesses through coaching, connections, innovative programming, access to capital and a diverse learning environment. 

Inkubator - A program through Northern Kentucky University's Haile/US Bank College of Business that links entrepreneurial students to the region's accelerators and technology parks. Inkubator also provides access to space, business services, equipment and financing necessary for opportunity growth. 

Kentucky Innovation Network - Formerly known as ezone, the Network has been serving Northern Kentucky businesses and startups since 2001. The organization accelerates, mentors and helps earn exposure for startups, emerging and existing entrepreneurs.

Mason Tech Center - A high-tech 25,000-square-foot office space used to support and grow early-stage technology and biohealth companies. The facility was developed as a partnership between the City of Mason and Top Gun Sales Performance, a Mason-based company that specializes in providing sales consulting and support services to medium and large companies.

MORTAR - A resource for non-traditional entrepreneurs to start and grow businesses within the communities they call home. The goal is create localized business ownership, jobs and revitalized communities. MORTAR offers nine-week and 12-week business training courses, along with a revolving pop-up shop in Over-the-Rhine, to support their members' growth and development.

Minority Business Accelerator - An informatics business accelerator that provides startups, including health IT companies, with financial and developmental support.

OCEAN - A top-tier accelerator with God at the center. It is the first independent, faith-based tech startup accelerator in the United States. Each year, OCEAN selects 10 high-potential startups for a 5-month journey that builds solid infrastructure, deepens character, attracts investors and set the course for long-term success.

Vora Technology Park - An MBE-certified, private equity group that provides Class A office space, a secure state-of-the-art data center and a professional incubator wing for established and burgeoning high-technology companies to help its partners and tenants grow their businesses.

Commercialization and licensing opportunities

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center's Center for Technology Commercialization (CTC) - Plays a key role in transforming discoveries into improved clinical care for children. CTC assists further developing technologies through research partnerships then delivers products to the market through licensing and startup creation.

University of Cincinnati Medical Center Office of Entrepreneurial Affairs and Technology Commercialization - Facilitates, advocates and collaborates with faculty, students and staff to support an environment of invention at the University by transferring and commercializing its assets into benefits for the region and the public good.

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base - Offers opportunities to license new technologies through commercial development licensing. Wright-Patterson is one of the largest and most important U.S. Air Force installations and leads the world in transferring new military technologies to the private sector. 

Additional resources

Greater Cincinnati Venture Association - A membership-based organization that connects entrepreneurs and investors to startups and founders through regular face-to-face meetings.

Northern Kentucky Small Business Development Center - A program through Northern Kentucky University to provide one-on-one consultations to existing and potential Northern Kentucky entrepreneurs. 

Ohio Small Business Development Centers - A program that fosters a strong climate for small business growth with local community partners, including colleges and universities, economic development agencies, and chambers of commerce.

SCORE - An organization comprised of more than 100 working and retired local senior-level executives who provide in-business and startup clients with free confidential business counseling. SCORE also offers business seminars and a library.

University of Cincinnati Goering Center - An organization within the university committed to nurturing and educating family and private businesses to drive a vibrant economy.

Xavier University X-LAB competition - An entrepreneur competition where driven entrepreneurs compete for the opportunity to have Xavier University faculty, students and executive mentors prepare them to launch a business.