A historic, $110 million gift from the Timashev Family Foundation to The Ohio State University established the Center for Software Innovation, which is expanding opportunities for students in entrepreneurship and advancing education in software innovation, product management, sales and marketing.

The center brings together the College of Engineering, Fisher College of Business and other partners in creative new ways, including through the creation of endowed professorships, cutting-edge academic offerings and hands-on industry experience for students. The Center for Software Innovation aims to catalyze efforts across the region to create a hub for innovation, entrepreneurship and product development activity.

The Center for Software Innovation maintains a fund to assist professors teaching software innovation, offer student scholarships and internships, and is launching an accelerator program to support students and faculty. In addition, the gift provides initial funding for the center to be housed on two floors of a new, state-of-the-art entrepreneurship and research-focused building. The center will eventually be housed in the growing Carmenton community.