Funding Sources

 Archangels logo

ARCHAngels Investment Network is a resource for owners of technology-based businesses who have exhausted all of their personal resources and who have “skin in the game.”

  • Provide connections to entrepreneurial mentors and service providers
  • Syndicates with other Ohio angel funds to identify the best investment opportunities
  • Offers 3-4 businesses each quarter an opportunity to present in front of more than 100 investors, mentors and service providers

Neosvf logo

The Northeast Ohio Student Venture Fund (NEOSVF) is a student run non-profit investment firm.

  • Up to $25,000 per award as a convertible loan
  • Intensive due diligence for two finalists with feedback to all presenters
  • To be eligible, startup companies must be based in the Northeast Ohio area and plan on remaining there for the next three years

Innovation fund logo

Innovation Fund is a non-profit fund with a focus on education and economic growth.

  • Early-stage Technology Validation "A" Grants of $25,000 and Business Validation "B" Loans of $100,000
  • Funding recipients must give at least one student from a Northeast Ohio college or university an internship with experiential learning opportunities
  • Founders must be willing to accept mentorship and oversight of the business opportunity and financial performance

Contact University of Akron Research Foundation

Phone: 330-972-7840 • Fax: 330-972-2368 • Email: uarf@uakron.eduŸŸ

170 University Circle, Suite 312, Akron, Ohio 44325-2103

Courtney Gras and business partner Tom Vo

Engineer and entrepreneur, all in one

Since childhood, Courtney Gras has loved roller coasters — so much so that she dreamed of designing them someday. She figured out, pretty early on, that the best way to do that would be to become an engineer. Roller coasters twist and turn and so do even the best-laid career plans.

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