Research and Sponsored Programs

Economic Development at The University of Toledo

The University of Toledo is actively involved in the Northwest Ohio region’s economic development efforts. Many centers and institutes have joined the economic development endeavors to help strengthen and grow the community in and around Toledo.

Wright Center for Photovoltaics Innovation and Commercialization (PVIC) The Wright Center for Photovoltaics Innovation and Commercialization (PVIC) is a means whereby the State of Ohio will expand its high technology research base in Ohio’s core competency of advanced manufacturing using advanced materials.  PVIC supports the generation of employment opportunities for Ohio’s workforce through innovation and commercialization activities centered on eliminating commercialization barriers currently facing Ohio companies in the photovoltaics (PV) sector.  Companies active in the PV industry, from those researching advanced materials development to those deploying the energy producing devices, advise and coordinate experts in Ohio universities and national laboratories in their PVIC contributions. 

LaunchPad Incubation at
The University of Toledo (LPI)
The LaunchPad Incubation Program (LPI) at The University of Toledo provides intensive entrepreneurial assistance, state-of-the-art facilities and other valuable resources to early-stage, technology-based start up companies. The program is focused on taking business ventures from concept to commercialization and providing a framework for companies to become thriving, self-sustaining members of the community. LPI works to bolster innovation in Northwest Ohio by providing access to capital, business development resources and expertise focused on enhancing community collaboration and communication for entrepreneurial development.

Rocket Innovations (RI) Rocket Innovations promotes relationships between the University of Toledo researchers and business leaders and to spur technological discoveries and commercialization and assists UT in coordinating economic development related activities for the economic growth of the region. RI support UT through the development, support and investment in services for public and private economic development projects.

Technology Clusters in
Northwest Ohio
The Jack Ford Urban Affairs Center, working collaboratively with Bowling Green State University's Center for Policy Analysis and Public Service, identified a number of technology clusters for Northwest Ohio that are the focus of a coordinated economic development program involving the Regional Growth Partnership, the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, the City of Toledo, and Lucas County.

Jack Ford Urban Affairs Center

Jack Ford Urban Affairs Center is an applied research unit of The University of Toledo within the Office of Research and a member of the Ohio Urban University Program. Their mission is to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life of Toledo and its metropolitan region.


Center for Family and
Privately-Held Business

The Center for Family and Privately-Held Business recognizes excellence in locally owned family businesses and encourages greater understanding, provides resources and support, and keeps family businesses informed. Programs are offered annually to provide information on family business topics of interest to members by employing nationally known speakers, case studies, family business owners and other experts to discuss business issues and challenges from their personal perspective or professional experience.

The University of Toledo University Transportation Center (UTUTC) The UT-UTC focuses on economic development through transportation research and education. The initial plan for the Center was articulated by businesses that depend on transportation to compete successfully in a global economy.

The Global Business
Development Institute

The International Business Institute (IBI) at The University of Toledo is dedicated to strengthening the global competitiveness of firms in the Great Lakes region through educational programs, contract research, training services, management consulting, and timely publications.  The IBI is committed to advancing international programs at UT through faculty development, international business co-ops/internships, study-abroad programs, and a world class curriculum.

Lake Erie Western Alliance
for Sustainability (LEWAS)
The LEWAS has come together as an alliance to address growing concerns about climate change and to come up with ideas about how the community can respond to the challenges associated with climate change.

Minority Business Development Center 
The University of Toledo Minority Business Development Center (MBDC) fosters an environment that offers assistance for minority-owned, early-stage firms. THE MBDC helps nurture entrepreneurial and economic development in the Toledo community by providing office space, training, mentoring and a network of professional advisors. 

Minority Business Assistance Center Programs (MBAC)

The Minority Business Assistance Center (MBAC) Program serves the needs of Ohio’s small, minority and disadvantaged businesses by providing important services at no cost. The MBAC provides MBE and EDGE entrepreneurs with management, technical, financial, certification assistance and contract procurement assistance in addition to loan and bond packaging services.

The MBAC Programs are housed in community-based non-profit organizations and work in partnership with the Ohio Development Services Agency (DSA).                

The University of Toledo also has research centers that work with community economic development resources, including (but not limited to):
Last Updated: 5/25/17