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THE UNIVERSITY OF AKRON    240_F_132692421_uAAJjI2q1Y98vtLmafcHhrebMDq0I8b2

UARF was established in 2001 to promote and support
university/industry collaboration and to provide effective
mechanisms by which UA discoveries and inventions are 
developed and commercialized. UARF’s unique initiatives 

Seniors Fellows program through which former
industry executives mentor faculty, facilitate industry
collaboration, advise startup companies, and encourage
innovation and regional economic development

Akron Innovation Campus, a new model of mixed-use
buildings where university startups and independent
companies share space adjacent to campus

Advice for startup formation, including supporting the
creation of more than 50 technology-based startup

Founder of the $33 million Exxon/YANPET elastomer
training program





Working with UA and its Research Foundation

The University of Akron's research services offer support for:​

  • Entrepreneurs and startups:

    • Conducting customer discovery and market research

    • Mentorship by experienced UARF Senior Fellows

    • Providing paths to funding

    • Adding student interns to supplement your team

  • Faculty:

    • Supporting grant applications

    • Helping with technology commercialization

    • Partnering to reach out to customers and learn about markets

    • Patenting and licensing new technologies

  • Students:

    • Providing internships and unique opportunities

    • Forming teams to learn what its like to launch a product through I-Corps Sites

    • Making investment recommendations on real companies through NEOSVF

    • Supporting area businesses through internship partnerships

IRS documents are available for inspection at the UARF office: Goodyear Polymer Building, Suite 312, Akron, Ohio 44325. 

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