Grant $$ available to boost innovation among small Ohio manufacturers

Are you a small manufacturer who wants to get into the innovation space?

The State of Ohio wants to give you up to $25K to kickstart this work.

The grant is supported by the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership to pay for services from TechSolve in Cincinnati and Eureka! Ranch in Newton. The parties are seeking Ohio manufacturing companies with fewer than 250 employees.

Over the past 30 years, the Eureka! Ranch team has conducted quantitative research and live experiments on over 26,000 innovation concepts, over 15,000 teams and over 100,000 individuals during the process of creating and commercializing innovations in an effort to develop reproducible systems of innovation.

TechSolve leverages a deep understanding of machining, data extraction & manufacturing processes to help companies confidently adopt and integrate current and emerging technologies.

Potential ways to spend the money include a leadership summit for your company’s leadership team so they can learn about and engage in innovation strategic planning; project innovation, where 8 to 20 members of your staff will complete an innovation certification and immediately jump into a project to move your company to the next level; and innovation system, where 1 or 2 members of your staff will be trained as innovation experts and receive a year of coaching to lead innovation efforts within your company.

Have another idea to jumpstart innovation in your company? Elaborate in your application and the partners could create a custom solution for you to tackle your manufacturing goal.

The deadline to apply is Aug. 31, but funds will be awarded on a rolling basis — after all, innovation waits for no one! TechSolve & Eureka! Ranch will evaluate requests in real time and aim to reply within a week.

Funds are not available to companies who have worked with TechSolve in the past three years.

For more information, or to apply, click here.

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