Creating Impact. Building Dreams.

TechGrowth Ohio is a public-private partnership composed of the Ohio Third Frontier program, Ohio University, and the private investment community. It is one of the regional Venture Development Organizations (VDOs) funded by the Ohio Third Frontier program to provide business expertise, services, and investments for startup companies in the 19-county Southeastern Ohio area. As one of the premier programs of the Ohio University Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, TechGrowth Ohio is part of an entrepreneurial ecosystem that includes programs supporting university and regional technology commercialization and small business incubation.

Supporting startup technology companies generates jobs and builds the economy of Southeastern Ohio. Small businesses create the majority of new employment, and focusing on providing assistance to startups has a major economic impact.

From a history of self-reliance comes a culture of entrepreneurialism. The regional system of entrepreneurial support built by TechGrowth Ohio has integrated existing programs, infused them with increased capacity, and added new layers of service and sophistication. The result is a rapidly growing entrepreneurial culture, backed by professional support services that accelerate venture development and the commercialization process.

This is evidenced by the sheer number of companies assisted by TechGrowth Ohio. These include entrepreneurs who qualify for intensive operational assistance and companies that receive financial support to speed their path toward sustainable businesses, creating wealth, jobs, and economic activity in Appalachian Ohio.

Take a look at TechGrowth’s impact on the region.

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Meet Our Team

Meet our team! We are a diverse group of individuals with different backgrounds and expertise, united by our passion for innovation and making a positive impact in our communities. Our team is composed of experts in technology, business development, marketing, and more, who bring unique perspectives and skills to the table. Together, we work towards achieving our common goals and helping our clients succeed.

Jessica Kopelwitz

Jessica Kopelwitz

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Lynn Gellermann

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Jeff McElroy

Emmah Thuo

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Karen Davis

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Ron Lachey

Paul J. Mass

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Karen Sullivan

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Ron Moss

Rob Painter

Rob Painter

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Tony von Sadovszky

We were once just a small group of inventors.  Now, we plan to grow to about 100 employees, all based out of our Athens facility.”

Innovation Doesn’t Wait.

Discover the growth potential for your technology startup in Southeast Ohio.