Economic Development & Industry Collaboration

The University of Akron’s economic development efforts extend throughout Northeast Ohio as the University of Akron Research Foundation and its partner organizations provide enterprise and commercialization support, intellectual property management and sponsored research opportunities to community businesses and organizations.

UARF now provides technology transfer and intellectual property management services to:


UARF Resources for Businesses and Entrepreneurs

  • The Akron Regional CHange Angels (ARCHAngels) Network, which connects technology based Northeast Ohio businesses to venture capital and angel funding
  • Quarterly Open Innovation events, a forum for understanding how universities and industry can work together to achieve commercial success
  • Akron Innovation Campus, a two-building complex, just blocks from the University, that is home to UA spinout companies and Akron-based businesses of all size 
  • Stay connected to economic development in Northeast Ohio through the University of Akron Research Foundation's University Economic Development Blog
  • Learn about University of Akron entrepreneurship initiatives, including academic programs, student organizations and internships
  • Access Northeast Ohio funding and investment sources, as well as resources for women, minority and veteran owned businesses
  • Join the University Libraries Corporate Services Center to gain access to the largest library collection in Northern Ohio
  • Learn how The University of Akron’s research and technology are creating new business opportunities, startup companies and affiliates by visiting UA’s Patents and Licensing Page

UARF’s Partners:
Akron Innovation Campus
City of Akron
Cleveland State University
Greater Akron Chamber
LCCC Foundation
North Coast Angels
Ohio Venture Association
Summit County
University Park Alliance
Youngstown Business Incubator
Youngstown State University