Local corporations, nonprofits team up for Tri-State's innovation hub at University of Cincinnati

CINCINNATI -- The University of Cincinnati is creating a hub of innovation right here in the Tri-State. UC hopes to bring students, businesses and ideas together to spark ground-breaking creations.

"(We have) huddle rooms, conference rooms, classrooms and then we also provide an opportunity for companies to locate within the space as well," UC 1819 Innovation Hub director of outreach Tony Almaguer said.

UC's 1819 innovation hub holds its grand opening tomorrow, hoping to become the birthplace of innovation, engineering and design in the Tri-State.

"As organizations in the future are thinking about where they want to innovate, they think about Cincinnati and they think about the University of Cincinnati as one of those key locations," University of Cincinnati chief innovation officer David Adams said.

Cincinnati Bell's innovation hub moved in this spring, and a collaborative simulation center with P&G opened a year ago.

"Having pioneers like Kroger and Cincinnati Bell and Cincy Tech and others step forward, to actually demonstrate what's possible will also be great examples for the rest of our community," Adams said.

For many, the innovation center is a notable landmark in Avondale.

"This building was constructed in 1929 as a Sears Department Store," Almaguer said.

Now, it's a first-of-its-kind attraction for start-ups and talent development.

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