Introduction to the Innovation Economy of West Central Ohio

What do you know about the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem of the West Central Ohio/Dayton Region?  Viewers can watch these 13 videos that help demonstrate why the Dayton/Miami Valley region is a great place for one to build their future.  If you are a student you should know about the robust venture development organizations in the Dayton Region that are building the region’s Innovation Economy.  How can you plan for your future if you don’t know how the future is being created right here in Ohio?”  Watch the videos below to learn more.


Note:  The West Central Ohio Entrepreneurial Ecosystem (as defined by the Ohio Third Frontier under its Entrepreneurial Signature Program) includes the following eight Ohio counties: Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Shelby.


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C01 An Introduction to the Innovation Economy of West Central Ohio Mr. Joel Ivers, Vice President of Entrepreneurial Development An Introduction to the Innovation Economy of West Central Ohio
This video provides an overview of the entrepreneurial ecosystem of the Dayton/Miami Valley region and an "Introduction to the Innovation Economy of West Central Ohio" which every Dayton region Ohio high school and college student should know about.
C02 Accelerant Mr. Joel Ivers, Vice President of Entrepreneurial Development About Accelerant, West Central Ohio's lead Venture Development Organization
Accelerant is the lead venture development organization for West Central Ohio under the Ohio Third Frontier's Entrepreneurial Signature program. Acceleratn is an initiative of the Dayton Development Coalition. In this video, Mr. Ivers discusses Accelerant's mission, work, programs and accomplishments.
C03 Crotty Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at the University of Dayton Mr. Jay Janney, Kern Faculty Fellow in Entrepreneurship & Chair of the Management & Marketing Dept. The Crotty Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at the University of Dayton is ranked among the Top 20 Entrepreneurship programs by the Princeton Review
Dr. Jay Janney discusses the extensive array of robust programs offered by the Crotty Center to the students at the University of Dayton
C04 National Composite Center, Manufacturing Accelerator & Business Incubator Ms. Lisa Novelli, President & CEO, National Composite Center Kettering's National Composite Center is the innovation center for the Composites Industry
Ms. Novelli discusses the many applied research & development, networking, incubation and other programs of the National Composite Center focused on the arena of advanced materials and composites.
C05 Sinclair Community College's Unmanned Aerial Systems Program Ms. Deborah Norris, VP, Workforce Development, Sinclair Community College The Dayton region is a national center for the Unmanned Aerial Systems industry and Sinclair Community College is at the heart of it all.
Ms. Norris discusses the many training and innovation programs at Sinclair Community College in support of the rapidly developing Unmanned Aerial Systems (i.e. drone) industry.
C06 Small Business Development Centers of Central Ohio Ms. Kim Plzak, Director, Small Business Development Center About the Small Business Development Centers of Central Ohio
Ms. Plzak discusses the extensive network of Small Business Development Centers in Ohio and the many free services that they provide help people start, sustain and grow their businesses. The SBDC has multiple centers is both Dayton and Springfield.
C07 The Entrepreneurship Center (TEC) Mr. Scott Koorndyk, TEC Executive For more than a decade, TEC has been the leading start-up business incubator in the Dayton region
Mr. Koorndyk discusses the mission, incubator services, resources and programs of The Entrepreneurship Center that are available to technology-based business start-ups in the Dayton/Miami Valley region.
C08 University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) (Part 1) Mr. John Leland, President of UDRI and a cadre of UDRI researchers With more than 400 researchers and staff, UDRI is a commercial research powerhouse that also taps into the research done within the U of Dayton itself. In addition to Mr. Leland discussing the mission and work of UDRI, this video takes you into a half dozen of UDRI's many research labs that do research in aeropropulsion, energy, human factors, mechanical systems, sensors, structures. Part 1 features an overview of the UDRI, while Part 2 features a virtual tour of the UDRI facility and programs.
C09 University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) (Part 2) Mr. John Leland, President of UDRI and a cadre of UDRI researchers With more than 400 researchers and staff, UDRI is a commercial research powerhouse that also taps into the research done within the U of Dayton itself. In addition to Mr. Leland discussing the mission and work of UDRI, this video takes you into a half dozen of UDRI's many research labs that do research in aeropropulsion, energy, human factors, mechanical systems, sensors, structures. Part 1 features an overview of the UDRI, while Part 2 features a virtual tour of the UDRI facility and programs.
c10 Wright Brothers Institute (WBI) Mr. Les McFawn, WBI Director and the team from WBI The WBI partners with the $4 billion Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) to energize world-class R&D collaboration and technology innovation
Mr. McFawn and his team discuss and showcase some of the many programs of the WBI including its Tec^Edge Innovation & Collaboration Center, Idea Lab, Discovery Lab and other programs.
c11 Wright Brothers Institute and Air Force Research Lab's Discovery Lab Program Dr. Rob Williams, AFRL Discovery Lab Research Director The AFRL/WBI Discovery Lab brings together multidisciplinary teams from government, university, small business & industry researchers to find solutions to challenges and opportunities. It also provides many student programs.
Dr. Williams discusses the mission, work & programs of Discovery Lab (including its student internship program). He then reviews technology by technology the wide range of research programs that Discovery Lab is involved with.
c12 Wright State Research Institute (WSRI) Dr. David Hopkins, President, Wright State University and the team from the WSRI The WSRI provides innovative technology based solutions to challenges and opportunities through a large portfolio of sponsored research for the principal benefit of the Dayton Region and the State of Ohio
With experts in more than 100 programs of study, WSRI conducts a broad array of research, with a particular focus on aerospace, neuroscience and medical imaging, human factors and industrial systems, as well as modeling and simulation. In this video. Dr. Hopkins and the team from the WSRI discuss the mission, many programs and wide range of works of the WSRI.
c13 Bio Ohio Mr. John Lewis, President & CEO, Bio Ohio BioOhio builds/accelerates bioscience industry, research & education in Ohio.
Mr. Lewis discusses the mission, work, programs and success stories of Bio Ohio which is a lead organization for the bioscience community in Ohio.
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