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Programs and Initiatives


Through new, leading-edge academic programs, Ohio State students and rising entrepreneurs will harness skills in business, engineering, sales, marketing and product management — empowering them to innovate within startups and large corporations alike.

Academic programs are in development at the undergraduate and graduate level that will integrate offerings and expertise from the Fisher College of Business and College of Engineering and provide enhanced experiences through internships, seminars and experiential learning.

Techstars Columbus Powered by The Ohio State University

Techstars, the largest pre-seed investor in the world, and Ohio State are partnering to bring a new accelerator program to drive growth in Columbus and the greater region by investing in the most promising software startups and innovators. Every six months, Techstars Columbus Powered by The Ohio State University will select 10-12 startups and founders from hundreds of applicants from across the world. Selected entrepreneurs will come to Columbus, access funding, receive training and mentorship by top experts in software, and gain access to the combined networks of Ohio State and Techstars. The program will help founders define their product, core customer and market, and go-to-market strategy, in addition to getting additional support in raising seed or A-round venture capital funding. Startups interested in the accelerator are encouraged to learn more on the Techstars Columbus website.

Kyiv School of Economics partnership

The Center for Software Innovation will implement an agreement between Ohio State and the Kyiv School of Economics (KSE) to collaborate on research and share knowledge to support educational efforts. This partnership will provide new opportunities for students and faculty from both universities to exchange experience and opportunities, including through collaborative research and innovation; visiting faculty and scholar programs; joint workshops and symposia on topics of mutual interest; teaching materials and other scientific and technological literature; and more.