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Hear from experts (at the EC & in our community) and get the latest tips and news about what’s happening in the entrepreneurial ecosystem!

The Entrepreneurs’ Center Quarterly Update

Posted by Scott Koorndyk on September 29, 2023

It’s hard to believe that fall is already here, but this may be our favorite season for the Entrepreneurs’ Center (EC) Team. At the very least, it’s mine! I’ve always found that the fall is the perfect time to reflect on what we’ve accomplished, but it's not too late to impact our trajectory over the remainder of the year.

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Lunnie is Innovating Postpartum Products for Nursing Mothers

Posted by Leslie Klenke on

Entrepreneurs' Center client and Dayton startup Lunnie is working to revolutionize the postpartum industry for moms by moms, with nursing bras that are functional and leakproof.

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Hybridworks Just Secured a $3.2 Million Seed-Series Equity Investment

Posted by Kim Frazier on September 27, 2023

"The Entrepreneurs' Center has been with us from the start, including helping us find those initial investors. I appreciate all their support as we advanced Hybridworks from vision to reality," commented Hybridworks Founder Bud Honshell. 

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Don’t Blindly Build Your Idea

Posted by Mike McCann on September 25, 2023

Ideas are great, but they’re just a fraction of what it takes to create a valuable business. What really matters is finding an urgent customer problem so you can define a solution that addresses their needs. This is product-market fit, and it’s the most essential first step in starting your company.

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Three Tech Startups Take Home $22,500 at Pitch Competition

Posted by Leslie Klenke on September 21, 2023

This year, the pitch competition, powered by the Entrepreneurs’ Center (EC), featured $22,500 in cash prizes. The funding was made available by the EC's Entrepreneurial Services Provider (ESP) program, run in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Development's Third Frontier Commission.

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Better Water for Coffee Leads to Better Prices for Farmers

Posted by Leslie Klenke on August 29, 2023

Entrepreneurs’ Center client, Third Wave Water’s (TWW), emphasizes the importance of the correct water profile for coffee’s quality for cupping coffee and...

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Entrepreneurs’ Center Tech Start-ups Secure $350,000 in Grant Funding

Posted by Leslie Klenke on August 23, 2023

Dayton’s startup ecosystem gains momentum as Kilele Health, Medical Interface Solutions, and Raider Technologies lead the way. DAYTON, OH, August 23, 2023...

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Tech, Talent and Culture: Why Dayton Entrepreneurs Never Stop Innovating

Posted by Leslie Klenke on August 20, 2023

“I think there are three things that the Dayton region has,” said Scott Koorndyk, president of the Entrepreneurs’ Center (EC) in Dayton....

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$8M Economic Development Organization Welcomes New VP of Innovation

Posted by Leslie Klenke on August 8, 2023

Entrepreneurs’ Center recently appointed Mike McCann as Vice President of Innovation, focusing on growing engagement and connectivity within the Dayton community, specifically...

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Meet Lauren Gay, Owner of Joui Wine

Posted by Alison Corder on August 1, 2023

Get ready to savor an exclusive interview with the dynamic Lauren Gay, General Manager/Wine Director at Sueño and Tender Mercy, and more...

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Sustaining Success: How to Combat Decision Fatigue in Small Business Leadership

Posted by Alison Corder on

In the fast-paced world of small business leadership and entrepreneurship, decision-making is an ever-present challenge. As visionary leaders of startups and small...

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Tier-one Takes Additional Equity Stake in SAAM

Posted by Leslie Klenke on July 31, 2023

Entrepreneurs’ Center client, SAAM Inc., announces the company has entered into a second Investment Agreement with a global tier-one. The SAAM Board...

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Three Local Strategies to Help Your Entrepreneurial Journey

Posted by Scott Koorndyk on July 6, 2023

Dayton has a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem with a variety of resources and networks available to support business owners. Take advantage of organizations like the Entrepreneurs’ Center, Launch Dayton, and others.

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The Mental Health Crisis in Entrepreneurship

Posted by Lauren Tiffan on May 1, 2023

Too often, founders associate their identity with the success of their business. And its easy to see why! A startup requires a founder to put their full heart into their efforts. They give it their all.

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The Yins and Yangs of Entrepreneurship

Posted by Jordan Roe on April 3, 2023

The quest to exploit a new opportunity is a journey filled with challenges, risks, and rewards. It will sometimes kick you down when you’re already on the ground thinking you can’t possibly go lower. But if you take a breath and decide to stand back up, there are prevailing aspects of entrepreneurship that make it an incredibly fulfilling and a wonderful way of life.

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Balance Does Exist, You Define It

Posted by LeKeisha Grant on March 1, 2023

Let’s start off by level setting. There is no such thing as work/life balance. We have one life and inside of there...

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The Entrepreneurs’ Center Launches “Pitch AM” Monthly Series in February

Posted by Leslie Klenke on February 13, 2023

Giving Dayton’s new startups exposure to financing and strategic partnerships while boosting the local economy. DAYTON, OH, February 13, 2023 – The...

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Dayton’s Smart Response Technologies Wins $100,000 Grant to Enhance New Cloud-Based Intelligence Software

Posted by Leslie Klenke on February 9, 2023

Revolutionizing first responder emergency dispatchers and control centers nationwide to save lives. DAYTON, OH, February 9, 2023 – Smart Response Technologies (SRT)...

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2023: From Anxiety to Excitement

Posted by Kim Frazier on January 31, 2023

The economic climate of 2023 has been much discussed, with anxiety around a potential economic recession, lingering pandemic issues in economies across...

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Ohio-Based Tech Pioneer FlexEnergy LLC Signs Important Patent License Agreements With Air Force Research Laboratory

Posted by Leslie Klenke on June 8, 2022

Fulfills the final obligation for receiving the prestigious $100K grant awarded from Ohio Third Frontier Technology Validation & Start-Up Fund Announced today,...

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Alumni New Venture Challenge Awards First Place to UNLISTED, a Startup Connecting Home Buyers with Off-Market Properties

Posted by Katie Ausdenmoore on May 16, 2022

The winner of the Polsky Center’s 4th annual Alumni New Venture Challenge (ANVC) is a Midwest startup that helps home buyers find...

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Community Gem: ‘You don’t do this work because you want notoriety’

Posted by Katie Ausdenmoore on May 2, 2022

Over the years, when hundreds of Dayton-area small businesses trying to commercialize a technology-oriented product or service needed a champion, they turned...

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New ally for Dayton startups: EC Angels

Posted by Katie Ausdenmoore on April 15, 2022

The Entrepreneurs’ Center (EC) has launched EC Angels, a regional network of support for local startups. These accredited investors can provide capital...

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Angel investor network launches in Dayton

Posted by Katie Ausdenmoore on

A regional network of angel investors who will provide capital and counsel to local entrepreneurs is launching in Dayton.

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Four area companies to receive Spark Awards for business innovation

Posted by Katie Ausdenmoore on

Better Business Bureau, serving Dayton and Miami Valley, will present its fourth annual Spark Awards at the Torch Awards for Ethics on...

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Entrepreneurs’ Center Launches Regional Network of Angel Investors

Posted by Kim Frazier on April 7, 2022

Strengthening support for local entrepreneurs by increasing engagement of local investors Dayton, OH, April 6, 2022 – Announced today, the Entrepreneurs’ Center...

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Dayton-based Nursing Apparel Company, Lunnie, Launches Limited Presale for Debut Product

Posted by Katie Ausdenmoore on March 4, 2022

Lunnie, a Dayton-based company redefining postpartum, launched their limited presale for their debut product. The Lunnie Everyday Nursing Bra is chic, comfortable,...

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Ohio-Based Tech Pioneer FlexEnergy LLC Signs Important Patent License Agreements With Air Force Research Laboratory

Posted by Leslie Klenke on February 24, 2022

COLUMBUS, OH, February 16, 2022 – Announced today, the minority-owned Ohio-based start-up FlexEnergy LLC, founded to create and commercialize both flexible and...

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Dayton’s Entrepreneurs Center unveils new investment fund

Posted by Katie Ausdenmoore on February 11, 2022

The Entrepreneurs’ Center has announced the launch of the Rotunda Fund, a revenue-based investment fund for area entrepreneurs and small businesses that...

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Economic Development Groups Ranked by Operating budget

Posted by Katie Ausdenmoore on

Data from organizations listed. Some organizations contacted did not respond. Secondary ranking by employees. Data subject to change.

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Entrepreneurs Thrive in Miami Valley

Posted by Katie Ausdenmoore on

Entrepreneurs have played a pivotal role in the growth of the U.S. economy since the founding of the country, when risk-taking settlers...

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VOICES: A path for small businesses in 2022

Posted by Katie Ausdenmoore on

Like most of you, I was happy to see 2021 in the rearview mirror. The past two years have been filled with...

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The Entrepreneurs’ Center at New Hub Offers Tools and Resources

Posted by Katie Ausdenmoore on January 10, 2022

Entrepreneurs Thrive in the Miami Valley By Beth Langfels Entrepreneurs have played a pivotal role in the growth of the U.S. economy...

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Ohio-based AgTech Firm Global Neighbor, Inc. Secures Over $1.1M With More On The Way

Posted by Leslie Klenke on January 5, 2022

A victory for farmers and the environment Dayton, OH, January 5, 2022 – Global Neighbor, Inc. (GNI), a growing Ohio-based innovation leader...

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Revenue-Based Investment Fund Being Launched for Dayton Area Entrepreneurs

Posted by Kim Frazier on December 1, 2021

The first of its kind for investors and entrepreneurs  Dayton, OH, December 1, 2021 – The Entrepreneurs’ Center in Dayton, Ohio, announces...

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Dayton-Based, MilTech Pioneer Battle Sight Technologies, Spearheading Technology for Frontline, Awarded Prestigious Grant From Ohio Third Frontier Technology Validation & Start-Up Fund

Posted by Sunny Kapka on October 7, 2021

A notable accomplishment as the first company ever to receive this grant two times Dayton, OH, October 7, 2021 – Battle Sight...

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Rare Active, Local Female-owned Small Business, Becomes First to Engage Dayton Women’s Basketball Players Under Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL)

Posted by Leslie Klenke on July 2, 2021

Friday, July 2, 2021 — Dayton, OH — Today, Rare Active, a Dayton-based, female-owned small business becomes the first company to engage...

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TEC Launches Marketplace Initiative

Posted by Katie Ausdenmoore on August 26, 2020

Dedicated to Boosting Awareness The Entrepreneurs Center (TEC) today announced the TEC Marketplace initiative, an e-commerce platform linked to TEC’s website that...

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Engaging All Entrepreneurial Talent to Ensure a Vibrant Economic Future

Posted by Scott Koorndyk on May 22, 2020

A few months ago, the Entrepreneurs Center (TEC) launched the #CovidPivot campaign to share the stories of entrepreneurs and how they are...

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Getting Out of My Own Way

Posted by Kim Frazier on May 8, 2020

While my business required a very fast pivot, what has been more important for me was my own pivot. As the owner...

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Disciplined Innovation Through Uncertain Times

Posted by Robert Slater on May 4, 2020

Robert Slater is Innovation Strategist at SlickLabs Innovation who leads motivated teams through the innovation process to deliver engineered solutions. Today he...

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T3 Goes Digital

Posted by Lauren Tiffan on April 30, 2020

I didn’t accept the calendar invite, because I didn’t think we’d still be working remotely for the April 7th pitch practice. Our...

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Turn Up Your Efficiency – Give Each Day a Theme!

Posted by Gail Francis Johnson on April 27, 2020

Gail Francis Johnson is President/CEO of Talent One Advisors and serves as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at The Entrepreneurs Center.  Today she shares a few...

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Entrepreneurs: Keep Going

Posted by Scott Koorndyk on April 24, 2020

The past month has been a challenging one for our client companies, the region’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. Being an entrepreneur...

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Entrepreneurial Resilience

Posted by Jordan Roe on April 17, 2020

Entrepreneurial Resilience. These are the two words that come to mind when thinking about #covidpivot. See, I am someone who lives and...

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Support Small Businesses

Posted by Scott Koorndyk on March 27, 2020

I have the absolute privilege of leading an organization that focuses entirely on entrepreneurs – so this is personal for us. Almost...

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Building Jobs in the Dayton Region, Together

Posted by Scott Koorndyk on January 13, 2020

The Entrepreneurs Center (TEC) got some fantastic news this past November: an award of $10.8 million from the Ohio Third Frontier for the next...

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The Entrepreneurs Center lands $10.8M to support startups

Posted by Katie Ausdenmoore on November 21, 2019

State nearly doubles the region’s funding to invest in high-tech companies The Ohio Third Frontier Commission has awarded The Entrepreneurs Center $10.8M...

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The Entrepreneurs Center Hires ESP Director

Posted by Katie Hill on January 7, 2019

“We are thrilled to have someone as sophisticated and talented as Chris Wallace join our team,” said Scott Koorndyk, president of TEC....

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Nucleus CoShare Announces Acquisition by The Entrepreneurs Center

Posted by Katie Hill on May 9, 2018

Nucleus CoShare moving to @444 to continue momentum in Dayton co-working Dayton, May 9, 2018: Nucleus CoShare announced today its acquisition by The Entrepreneurs...

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Congressman Turner and Air Force Research Laboratory Executive Director

Posted by Katie Hill on March 29, 2018

Promote Exceptional Partnerships and Regional Innovation in Dayton Region Backed by Air Force Research Laboratory leadership and lawmakers, the partnership between The...

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University of Dayton Crotty Center Recognizes TEC President as Volunteer of the Year

Posted by Katie Hill on March 28, 2018

Partnership between UD and TEC bolsters top-ranked pitch competition for entrepreneurship students around the globe Dayton, March 28, 2018: The Entrepreneurs Center (TEC)...

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Battle Sight Technologies Wins $100k Start-up Grant

Posted by Katie Hill on March 22, 2018

Award continues The Entrepreneurs Center’s wave of commercialization success in the Miami Valley Dayton, March 22, 2018: The Entrepreneurs Center (TEC) announced...

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University of Dayton, Entrepreneurs Center to Develop Innovation Hub to Anchor Downtown Arcade

Posted by Katie Hill on April 5, 2017

Dayton, April 5, 2017: The University of Dayton and The Entrepreneurs Center have joined in partnership and submitted a letter of intent to become the...

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The Entrepreneurs Center Wins $2.9 million in New Third Frontier Funding to Support Technology Start-Ups

Posted by Katie Hill on March 29, 2017

Dayton, March 29, 2017: The Ohio Third Frontier Commission selected The Entrepreneurs Center (TEC) as the Dayton Region’s Entrepreneurial Services Provider (ESP). This...

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