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One building. Infinite possibilities.

This is a place to unleash ideas, free from typical institutional and bureaucratic barriers that hinder innovation.

This 100,000-square-foot building is outfitted with state-of-the-art technology and incorporates a 12,000 square foot makerspace, shared office spaces, classrooms, huddle rooms, and gathering spaces. The place where next happens.


The 12,000-square-foot prototyping and microfactory facility is a space for research, exploration, and creation of new ideas, objects, and products. It is outfitted with a broad array of tools from traditional to state of the art – including high-performing 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC router, and a waterjet cutter.

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A leading model for urban-centered universities, the Venture Lab activates a high density of rapidly curated startup opportunities that attract outside entrepreneurial talent and investors. We connect university students, faculty, staff, and alumni to talent and funding to help launch new companies. Our team includes Office of Innovation staff as well as Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EIRs), coaches, curated service providers, and subject matter experts.

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Corporate and community partners who co-locate in 1819 can access shared facilities and front-door service to the university’s resources, including students, faculty, research and continuing education.

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"1819, the Heart of Cincinnati Innovation District"


In 1819, in the very heart of this still-young nation, in a period of revolution that was transforming every level of society, a place of learning was founded that would become The University of Cincinnati.

200 years later, that institution is poised to lead urban public universities into a new era of inclusion, innovation and impact. This new revolution begins here: at The University of Cincinnati 1819 Innovation Hub.

The heart of the Cincinnati Innovation District, The 1819 Innovation Hub stands as a beacon to talent and the businesses that seek out that talent.

1819 is a place of thinking, making and doing, of discovery and delivery, for the University and its community, for the city and the world beyond. It is the one-stop destination where industry meets the University’s talent. The University of Cincinnati is where next lives. The 1819 Innovation Hub is where next happens. Welcome.

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UC named 2021 IEP Talent Award winner by APLU

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) named the University of Cincinnati as its 2021 Innovation & Economic Prosperity (IEP) Awardee. The IEP awards recognize innovative projects or programs in economic engagement.

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Proximity to top talent can help you stay relevant in an era of continual disruption. So get closer.

UC has created a space and policies for people to come together to spark more groundbreaking ideas and solve today’s most complex problems—for industry, our community, and the world. We have created the following documents and terms:

Industry Research Tiers – for industry looking to collaborate on sponsored research, we have developed these potential IP terms

Tier 1 – Non-Exclusive Royalty Free License (NERF)

Tier 2 – Exclusive License with Pre-Set Royalty

Tier 3 – Ownership Assigned to Sponsor

Express License/Option – for faculty and entrepreneurs looking to collaborate on a startup based on UC owned IP, we have developed these terms and agreements for recent graduates of our Venture Lab

Option Agreement – first right of refusal to align UC’s interests with the startup team and fix licensing terms for when the startup is ready to launch

License Agreement – terms that the university is prepared to sign for any technology having graduated from the venture lab

Join us, and tap into the kind of innovative thinking that only comes from dynamic, cross-disciplinary collaborations. Current building partners include Kroger, Cincinnati Bell, Procter & Gamble, CincyTech, Village Life Outreach Project and the Live Well Collaborative.


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