The REDIzone

Research, Entrepreneurship, Discovery & Innovation Zone

Entrepreneurial Support

The REDIzone is a partner in the JumpStart Entrepreneurial Services Program funded by a grant from the Ohio Third Frontier. The JumpStart network connects the multiple economic development partners in the region to support start-up companies with advisory support and accessing capital.

REgional Partners

The REDIzone provides companies with access and support to our regional partners in the JumpStart Entrepreneurial Services Program.

Great Lakes Innovation and Development Enterprise (GLIDE)

The Great Lakes Innovation and Development Enterprise (GLIDE) helps Northeast Ohio entrepreneurs wrap sound business practices around great business ideas. GLIDE’s experienced Entrepreneurs-in-Residence provide professional business assistance to companies at every stage of development and connect entrepreneurs with the tools and resources they need to succeed.

MAGNET: The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network

Founded in 1984, MAGNET: The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network is an organization dedicated to helping manufacturers grow and compete in Northeast Ohio. As part of the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), we also support, educate, and champion Northeast Ohio manufacturing with the goal of transforming our regional economy into a powerful, global player.

University of Akron Research Foundation (UARF)

Growing new companies to benefit the region is central to the missions of The University of Akron and its Research Foundation (UARF). The group currently offers many ways to assist entrepreneurs and train future innovators.

Bounce Innovation Hub

Bounce Innovation Hub is the region’s first open innovation hub serving northeast Ohio’s entrepreneurial and innovation community. Bounce encourages open collaboration among diverse groups through unique opportunities, programs and events that engage anyone and everyone with a mind for innovation.

Ohio Aerospace Institute

The Ohio Aerospace Institute’s mission is to enhance small business competitiveness through research and technology development, workforce preparedness, and engagement with global networks for innovation and advocacy. As the Ohio SBA FAST program recipient, OAI supports companies with assistance accessing SBIR and STTR funding to support their technology development.


Jordan Walker
Entrepreneurial Program Specialist