The Hitchhiker's Guide to Dayton Tech & Startups

The Hitchhiker's Guide to Dayton Tech & Startups

R&D and Technology Development

Ohio Third Frontier Technology Validation Fund: Supports protected technologies developed at Ohio research institutions that need validation/proof that will directly impact and enhance their commercial viability and ability to support a start-up company and support the startups that licenses these technologies.

Ohio Third Frontier Commercial Acceleration Loan Fund: Provides early-stage funding to investment-validated Ohio companies developing next generation products or services.


Ohio Tech Internship: The program provides eligible businesses with up to $10,000 to support each internship position, and assists in identifying potential intern candidates. 


Angel Investors

Flyer Angels: Flyer Angels is a seven-figure private equity fund led and managed by students.

Ohio Tech Angels: Ohio TechAngels Funds are a group of for-profit investor funds that invest in highly promising early stage Ohio-based C-Corporations in IT, advanced materials, and life sciences.

Queen City Angels: We seek entrepreneurs with great business ideas and prospective investors that love to support startups.

X Squared Angels: If your company has at least one woman in a C-level position, it may be a good candidate for an X Squared Angels investment. X Squared Angels invests primarily in high-potential early-stage companies in IT, software, bioscience, advanced materials, medical devices, and most other markets located in Ohio as well as the rest of North America.

Investment firms

Accelerant: Accelerant provides capital in the form of Convertible Debt to assist entrepreneurs in the implementation of their commercialization strategies and plans.

Allos Ventures: Allos invests primarily in early stage, B2B software & technology-enabled business services companies within a 4-5 hour drive of Cincinnati and Indianapolis.

CincyTech: CincyTech is a public-private seed-stage investor whose mission is to strengthen the regional economy by driving talent and capital into scalable technology-based companies in Southwest Ohio. 

Drive Capital: We believe that innovation and greatness come from unexpected places, including the general inbox. If you have a product that solves a real problem, if only for a few customers, email us 

Ikove Venture Partners: Ikove Venture Partners (IVP) is a "Startup Nursery" focusing on identifying high potential "Concept" technologies currently in development at leading US Universities and creating the right ecosystem for those technologies to develop into successful startups.

SPG Capital: Evaluates and selects the best innovations, technologies and management teams from government and university research labs as well as the private sector and connects them to discriminating investors seeking returns difficult to achieve in the public markets.

Vine St. Ventures: Vine Street Ventures is a Cincinnati-based capital investment firm dedicated to investing in internet and mobile businesses.  

Maywood Capital: Maywood is an Ohio-based acquisition and development firm that invests capital in exchange for equity ownership in high growth potential start-up companies and established businesses. 

Mezzanine Debt Funding

Great Oak Funding: Great Oak Funding provides capital through mezzanine financing to existing companies with a track record of revenue.

Associations & Services

Miami Valley Venture Association: The Miami Valley Venture Association is a local organization dating back to the early 1970s and serving entrepreneurs, business owners, and investors by educating and improving the awareness of new ventures in the Miami Valley region.

VentureOhio: VentureOhio’s number one goal is ensuring there is adequate capital in Ohio to support high potential companies at all stages. 

Ross, Sinclaire & Associates: RSA provides advisory and placement services for companies seeking private equity or debt financing.