Over the past four years, a number of Central Ohio startups have gotten up and running thanks to a unique collaboration that brings together university licensing efforts at Ohio State University with the academic teachings of master's level business courses at the Fisher College of Business and the commercialization expertise of TechColumbus.

Over the past four years, a number of Central Ohio startups have gotten up and running thanks to a unique collaboration that brings together university licensing efforts at Ohio State University with the academic teachings of master's level business courses at the Fisher College of Business and the commercialization expertise of TechColumbus.

This collaboration begins with the licensing experts and staff at Ohio State who actively seek out research and innovations across every college of the university, looking for technologies that represent platforms from which successful startups can potentially be launched.

Once identified, these technologies are submitted to the Center for Entrepreneurship at Fisher as part of its BUS-MHR 890 and 891 class sequence. These master level courses bring together graduate students from multiple disciplines - including business, engineering, the basic sciences and medicine - for an in-depth study of how to transform technologies and research into viable commercial entities. At the end of the class sequence, student teams may choose to enter their startup in the annual Deloitte business plan competition at Ohio State.

That's where the commercialization specialists at TechColumbus come in. The winning team receives up to $15,000 in business services and office space from TechColumbus as part of the competition prize package. In addition, the winning team, and often the runners-up, are coached and prepped by TechColumbus specialists to apply for imagining grants through the TechGenesis fund to help them further flesh out and validate their business propositions.

This unique collaboration not only represents a best practice in commercializing institutional and university-driven research, but it has helped launch six startups over the last four years which cumulatively have been awarded over three-quarters of a million dollars from TechColumbus and attracted millions more from other sources.

This is yet another example of how the resources of central Ohio are working together in collaboration to uplift the region as a technology hub.