We are working to encourage the creation of new business in our community.
Shawnee State University will be a leader in regional entrepreneurism when our new Innovation Accelerator opens on Chillicothe Street in downtown Portsmouth in 2017. This is a landmark facility that will promote entrepreneurship, innovation, and creativity in the region.
The Innovation Accelerator will be housed in existing properties that the institution owns in the Portsmouth downtown main street area, immediately adjacent to campus. These properties will be renovated to showcase state-of-the-art technology including a physical delivery point for OARnet, immersive technology lab resources, and contemporary study and project rooms where students can work with faculty mentors, business leaders, and community members to conduct research, collaborate on business ventures, and develop team-building and leadership skills.
This shared campus-community facility will also serve as an outlet for (1) student research and proof of concept development, and (2) outreach programming supplied by our university resources and existing partners, including small business development workshops, mentoring and coaching, and commercialization. The physical facility will include collaborative workspace, state-of-art video conferencing and high-speed data access, tech development maker-space, and pre-seed incubation suites.
We are pleased to have a number of distinguished individuals serving on our Innovation
Accelerator Advisory Board.
View the list of advisory board members.
Connecting Downtown to Campus
University property on the corner of Chillicothe and 3rd Street was removed as part of the first phase of downtown renovations that include a streetscaped corridor to campus. The second phase of the project will include renovation of two buildings, 310 and 308 Chillicothe Street, to locate several existing university offices. Plans are also being developed to create a new Innovation Accelerator in this area to provide space and resources for students, faculty and regional businesses to promote entrepreneurship, provide unique educational opportunities and partnerships in the community, and collaborate on research and business start-ups.
Are you interested in starting your own business? Numerous resources and templates are available at the links below that can be utilized to start or expand your small business. These tools are provided through our partnership with the Ohio State University South Centers, Endeavor Center in Piketon, Ohio:
- Business Plan and Access to Capital Overview (PDF)
- Business Plan Template (DOC)
- Business Plan Template (PDF)
- Financial Model (XLS)
- Start Up Guide - A go to resource for starting up a business (PDF)
- Ohio Secretary of State's Business Publications