The Hitchhiker's Guide to Dayton Tech & Startups

The Hitchhiker's Guide to Dayton Tech & Startups

The Dayton community is here to support you and your product idea from a coffee shop sketch to prototype to product launch and beyond.

The service providers below are broken down by the stage of the product to help you navigate our community. 

IDEA exploration

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Maker/Hacker Space

Dayton Diode: An open community workshop for learning, making and hacking Android, Arduino microcontrollers, robots, metal casting, carpentry, CNC, etc.

Code for Dayton: We are a local chapter of Code for America Brigade supporting civic hacking in Dayton, Ohio.

Proto BuildBar: This amazing creative and technology experience center is part 3D printing lab, part electronic maker space, and part café.

STEAM Works Labs: Stengthening the Community by Integrating Science, Technology, Entrepreneurship, Arts and Maker Spaces.

IDEA VETTING/PITCHING

Miami Valley Venture Association "Feedback Forum":  Ready to pitch your idea? The Feedback Forum gives you a stage to pitch your ideas to an audience of business experts. Vet your concept, improve your presentation skills and network with the region’s sharpest executives.

UD Business Plan Competition: The University of Dayton Business Plan Competition is a three-round competition that presents an opportunity for ambitious students to win funding for their business plans.

Wright Venture: Students participating in the Wright Venture program collaborate to develop ideas, pool resources and submit actual executable business plans. Submissions follow a strict path through three stages of judging to determine which plan(s) is worthy of the Start-up Funding Award of up to a $5,000 line of credit. 

Early risers: Monthly opportunity for startup to pitch in front of businesses 

Technology identification

Looking for a technology to build a business around? Check out our Find Technology page to see technologies available for licensing from our university research institutes, the Air Force Research Lab, and NASA Glenn Research Center.


Idea Validation

MARKET ASSESSMENT

The Entrepreneurs Center's SBIR TAP program.

The Entrepreneurs Center's SBIR TAP program.

Start-up TAP: Start-Up TAP  assembles student groups from local colleges and universities. These Students work with the technology expert and community business mentors to evaluate the technology and complete an extensive market assessment. 

SBIR TAP: SBIR TAP assembles companies that have received Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants from the federal government and identifies promising SBIR Technology that has not been brought to market or has not been developed for a commercial market. Company’s receive training based on the Wendy Kennedy “So what? who cares? why you?” approached to commercial success.

Technology Assessment

FASTLANE: A team of specialized manufacturing and engineering consultants, solving technical challenges, and delivering innovative solutions to increase your competitive advantage and accelerate manufacturing success.  FASTLANE is the greater Dayton region Manufacturing Extension Partnership affiliate and located within the University of Dayton’s Research Institute (UDRI).

IDCAST: The Institute for Development and Commercialization of Advanced Sensor Technology (IDCAST) provides the framework to bring together technologies, innovations and collaborations to develop and integrate advanced sensor technology in areas such as defense, homeland security and commercials applications.

TechSolve: With a focus on process improvement, machining, and innovation, we help businesses find long-term solutions and cultivate problem-solving cultures.

Prototyping

Bastech: Bastech specializes in Additive Manufacturing solutions for business.

Tangible Solutions: If you have questions about the performance of your prototype, we will help you discover the answer.

Tec^Edge Works: Tec^Edge Works serves as a collaborative environment for hands-on rapid prototyping among government, industry, and academia.

UD Rapid Prototyping Center: The Rapid Prototyping Center (RPC) at the University of Dayton opened in 2014 as part of our School of Engineering Innovation Center, which is located on campus in the Eugene W. Kettering Laboratories building.

IP PROTECTION RESOURCES

Patent and Trademark Resource Center @ Wright State University: As an official PTRC of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) we have a formal agreement to provide assistance to the general public in the use of patent and trademark resources provided by the USPTO. 

The Entrepreneurship and Intellectual Property Law Clinic: A University of Dayton teaching law firm staffed by upper-level Dayton Law students with an interest in business and intellectual property law issues. 

IP PROTECTION LAWFIRMS

Bieser, Greer & Landis

Coolidge Wall

Dinsmore

Faruki Ireland & Cox

Porter Wright

Richard Allen Killworth Esq

Stevens & Showalter LLP

Taft

Thomas E. Lees, LLC

Thompson Hine


Launch

Coworking

Nucleus Co-Share, located in the Oregon District.

Nucleus Co-Share, located in the Oregon District.

Nucleus Coshare: Nucleus is a non-profit co-share facility that provides an encouraging and supportive work environment for freelancers, micro-businesses, entrepreneurs, and "creators" of all kinds.

The Collabaratory: The Collaboratory is open to the public on weekdays to provide an escape from your home office or a change of pace from your usual work day. It’s a great way to energize your imagination and make new connections to people and resources.

INCUBATION

The Entrepreneurs Center: For more than a decade, The Entrepreneurs Center (TEC) has provided incubation services and leased space for technology-oriented entrepreneurs in the Dayton Region.

Customer identification

AFRL Small Business Hub: The AFRL Small business hub is the front door to partnering with the Air Force Research Laboratory. 

International Trade Assistance Center @ WSU: First point of contact for new-to-export businesses, as well as those businesses expanding into new international areas. Free, confidential, in-depth, one-on-one counseling and low- or no-cost training.

Materials and Manufacturing Aerospace Technology Hub: Ohio has pledged a three-year, $1.5 million commitment for the Materials and Manufacturing Aerospace Technology Hub (MMATH) program, which will facilitate connections with, and support to, Ohio businesses that have the desire and potential to become qualified aerospace suppliers. 

Business Counseling

Action Masters Network: A platform that provides a structured approach to entrepreneurship incorporating learning, mentorship, accountability and recognition.

Dayton Metro Library: The Dayton Metro Library's Business Resource Specialist can help companies with market research, customer identification, and how to start a business. The library also hosts a number of entrepreneurial events.

Greater Dayton Minority Business Assistance Center: A component of the State of Ohio Development Services Agency, MBAC provides management and technical assistance, procurement information, organizational assessments, and certification assistance to minority-owned, women-owned and small disadvantaged businesses.

Ohio Small Business Development Center @ The Entrepreneurs Center: Comprehensive business management and education services. Free, confidential, in-depth, one-on-one counseling and low-cost training. 

Ohio Small Business Development Center @ Wright State: Comprehensive business management and education services. Free, confidential, in-depth, one-on-one counseling and low-cost training. 

SCORE: The Dayton Chapter of SCORE, a national network of experienced entrepreneurs and corporate managers, offer free one-on-one mentoring sessions for anyone who is considering starting their own business or needs assistance with an existing business.

WBI's Idea Lab: The Idea Lab offers unique methods for exploring complex problems and experimenting, including it's Divergent Collaboration program which brings together thought leaders from different specialties to solve Air Force and industry problems.

WSU Faculty-Guided Class Projects: Your organization can benefit from new and different perspectives while giving students an opportunity to solve real-world business problems. Class projects can also be customized to address your organization's unique challenges and opportunities. As a result of evaluating students in action, many employers often hire top-performing graduates who already understand their business.

Talent

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. 


Growth

Growth counseling

Aileron: As businesses reach and seek to move beyond the second stage, professional management is critical to sustainable growth.  As a 501 c3 non-profit founded in 1996, Aileron continues to grow and develop to serve this purpose.

MANUFACTURING/INNOVATION ASSESSMENT

FASTLANE: A team of specialized manufacturing and engineering consultants, solving technical challenges, and delivering innovative solutions to increase your competitive advantage and accelerate manufacturing success.  FASTLANE is the greater Dayton region Manufacturing Extension Partnership affiliate and located within the University of Dayton’s Research Institute (UDRI).

IDCAST: The Institute for Development and Commercialization of Advanced Sensor Technology (IDCAST) provides the framework to bring together technologies, innovations and collaborations to develop and integrate advanced sensor technology in areas such as defense, homeland security and commercials applications.

Idea Lab: The Idea Lab provides innovation products and services to collaboratively explore problem and solutions spaces for technologies, insights, solutions, and partnerships.

Innovation Center at the University of Dayton: Since 1996, student teams have solved over 1000 industry challenges and have met or exceeded our client expectations over 85 percent of the time.

TechSolve: With a focus on process improvement, machining, and innovation, we help businesses find long-term solutions and cultivate problem-solving cultures.