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.

 
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.

 
Minority Business Development Center 
(MBDC)
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).                
 
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.
 
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.

 

The Wright Center for Photovoltaics 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.  
 
Last Updated: 11/21/17