Ohio Third Frontier

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The following programs are currently available through the Ohio Third Frontier in CY 2014

The Ohio Third Frontier supports a comprehensive portfolio of program activities.


Accepting Applications Entrepreneurial Signature Program (ESP) to establish robust networks of entrepreneurial services and capital within six geographies to accelerate the growth of early-stage Ohio technology companies.

Open Innovation Incentive (OII) to assist Ohio middle market companies that are new to Open Innovation, leading to an accelerated time to market of Ohio technology products, processes, or services, and increasing national and global competitiveness of Ohio industry.


Accepting Applications Industrial Research and Development Center Program to make Ohio organizations more competitive for the attraction of major corporate, non-profit or federal research and Development centers.

Technology Validation and Start-up Fund to create greater economic growth in Ohio based on start-up companies that commercialize technologies developed by Ohio research institutions.

Accepting Applications Technology Asset Grant Program to provide support for the creation of highly specialized technical equipment or unique technical facilities that Ohio for-profit companies or federal procurement agencies in Ohio have determined to be critical to realizing the near-term commercial or government usage of new tech-based products or services that will be developed and produced in Ohio.

Accepting Applications Technology Commercialization Centers to support accelerated commercialization of technologies in existing core technology focus areas that (1) are concentrated within a primary Ohio university, medical center or other nonprofit research institution, (2) are focused on a Third Frontier targeted industry sector, (3) lend themselves to commercialization in Ohio, and (4) have a deep pipeline of opportunity in the way of new technologies with clear near-term market applications.

Capital and Talent

Pre-Seed Fund Capitalization Program (PFCP) to increase the availability of professionally managed capital and associated services to accelerate the growth of early-stage Ohio technology companies.

NEW! Pre-Screening Companies Commercial Acceleration Loan Fund (CALF) to support Ohio for-profit companies addressing the technical and cost barriers to commercialization in Ohio of high-tech products and processes.