February 2020 Newsletter
Dear Reader,

This month we are excited to welcome a new client and a new anchor tenant, Spoken and APEG, respectively. We are also sad to say goodbye to our associate director but wish her much success in her new path!

As usual, the coming month brings plenty of opportunities for growth and development through a myriad of events and programs. We hope you choose to take advantage.

Finally, we have plenty of space available for the next crop of new companies. So, if you have an idea that you'd like to move forward, get in touch!

Keep innovating,
Stacy Strauss, Director
Top Stories
Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth Joins IC
The Innovation Center is pleased to welcome the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth (APEG) as its newest anchor client.  APEG is a private, non-profit economic development corporation that works with companies to facilitate growth, capital investment and job creation throughout Southern, Eastern and Southeastern Ohio. A regional JobsOhio partner, APEG connects companies with incentive programs, development funds, and state and local agencies. Headquartered in Nelsonville, APEG will utilize the IC as a satellite office.

"We are so pleased to welcome APEG as their services and expertise will be an asset to our clients," said IC director, Stacy Strauss. Anchor clients are strategic partners who provide resources to complement the IC's support of its startup companies. Other anchor clients include the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce, the Athens County Economic Development Council, the Columbus Minority Business Assistance Center, Phil Lee Law, and the Southeast Ohio Public Energy Council.

“The Innovation Center is the largest hub for entrepreneurship and innovation in southeastern Ohio. APEG is pleased to locate a small office there. We look forward to more collaboration with Innovation Center staff and companies,” said Mike Jacoby, APEG president and CEO.

To learn more about APEG and their contributions to local communities, click below.
The IC Welcomes New Technology Company
Spoken Inc. has joined the Innovation Center as a virtual client. The company, founded by Michael Bond, has a predictive speech app for people with aphasia (the loss of ability to understand or express speech) and other communication disorders. Available on both the Apple App Store and Google Play, Spoken uses big data, state-of-the-art machine learning predictions, and next-generation text-to-speech to help users build and dictate real sentences quickly. The app learns and adapts to each person's communication style. The more it is used, the better it gets at predicting what the person wants to say next.

The need for a better product became apparent to Bond when his grandmother lost her ability to speak following a stroke. He was inspired to build a more sophisticated tool that took advantage of the latest technological advances. "We are excited to welcome Spoken as they support a population that desperately needs their service. We look forward to assisting them with their growth," said IC director, Stacy Strauss.

"We’re thrilled to be expanding beyond our Marietta home base into the Innovation Center. As a tech company that depends on Amazon Web Services credits and remote teams to get things done, it’s a great fit, and we look forward to adding to the dynamic energy that makes spaces like this so exciting," said Bond.

To learn more about Spoken, click below.
News From The IC
Diversity and Inclusion Technology Internship Program
Ohio Third Frontier Diversity & Inclusion Technology Internship Program has funds to pay college interns for working in your business. The program is designed to give college students real-world experience while providing your company with young talent. It covers two-thirds of the intern's wages (up to $10,000) and will support up to three interns per company. The deadline to apply for summer funding is February 14, 2020.

Students interested in technology are encouraged to apply. The program is is a great opportunity to build your resume and get experience with innovative Ohio companies.
Innovation Center Hosts Free Entrepreneurial Workshops
The Innovation Center is offering free workshops hosted by Erin Rennich, Innovation Center executive coach and certified Strategyzer Facilitator. The classes target early-stage entrepreneurs or business leaders and provide a small group setting with individualized assistance. Upcoming workshops include the IDEAtion Workshop, the Customer VALIDation Workshop, and Introduction to Intellectual Property.

For workshops descriptions and times, click below.
Office and Lab Space Available at the Innovation Center
The Innovation Center has space available now for early stage companies in our 36,000 square foot facility. The building includes 32 office spaces of varying sizes and its seven wet labs are ideal for life sciences, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and analytical chemistry startups. In addition to the professional space, Innovation Center clients benefit from one-on-one coaching, negotiated cost-savings, and the connection to our vast network of key people and resources necessary to grow and scale a venture. To learn more, click below.
Conrath Departs the Innovation Center
IC associate director, Tanya Conrath, has resigned her position to pursue other interests and opportunities. During her three year tenure, Conrath upgraded the IC's public relations efforts, launched a new and improved IC website, contributed to multiple successful award and grant applications, provided supervision and mentoring to our student staff, ensured the highest level of client support, and managed the ever-present needs of the 36,000 square foot facility.

She plans to remain in Athens and we wish her plenty of success and happiness in her new endeavors! A national search for a new associate director will begin in the coming months.
Upcoming Events
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How We Can Help
The IC is the recipient of the 2019 Randall M. Whaley Incubator of the Year Award (InBIA) and the 2019 Rural-Based Entrepreneurship Center of the Year Award (InBIA). The center was ranked the third best University-Based Incubator in the U.S. (UBI Global Ranking 2015-2017), was named the 2016 Rural Incubator of the Year (InBIA). 

Our 36,000 square foot building has some space available.
For details, please give us a call at (740) 593-1818.
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