Ohio University Innovation Center
Job Type
Contact Name
Stacy Strauss
Street Address
340 West State Street


This position provides high quality management, strategic, and technical services/assistance to client companies, entrepreneurs, and faculty within the Southeast Ohio region. This position serves as a major component in providing direct business assistance as part of the team at the internationally recognized Ohio University Innovation Center. The Innovation Center was named the 2019 Incubator of the Year for its efforts in supporting entrepreneurship and economic development.

This position will engage with, analyze, and diagnose the needs of entrepreneurs and client companies on an on-going basis to achieve a deep understanding of each company’s needs. The Innovation Center and its client companies value diversity and cultural competency.

This position assists in the creation of viable, scalable, and sustainable businesses in the region by advising, directly managing (as needed), and facilitating access to relevant connections required to move companies through the early phases of the commercialization process.

Specifically, this position consists of the following: providing curriculum development and delivery for start-up and early stage companies on a variety of topics; assessing and assisting with customer validation; evaluating market potential of early stage businesses; developing initial business cases for early stage businesses; assisting in the development of intellectual property strategy; establishing stage of commercialization for businesses and novel technologies; creating business plans, marketing plans, and strategic plans; developing financial strategy and projections; assisting with equity investment and debt funding presentation and generation; developing commercialization strategy and plans; assisting with product development; working with pre-seed, angel, and network funds to qualify companies for investment; assisting with tracking client success metrics for grant reporting requirements.

This position also includes some Innovation Center administrative duties such as the management of a digital marketing campaign including analytics review and resulting strategy; new inquiry management; marketing; management of a third-party service provider roster; management of a client toolkit; recruitment of new clients; stakeholder communication; and student staff supervision.

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree or equivalent work experience. At least 8 years of professional and managerial experience required. Understanding of Lean Launch methodologies and commercialization stages. At least 3 years of experience working within or in support of early-stage companies.

Preferred Qualifications

MBA; at least 3 years of experience working within or in support of biotechnology or life science early-stage companies.

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