In an effort to more easily connect the University with the community and revamp the way it interacts with industry, Cleveland State University (CSU) has launched a new Innovation Portal—and is inviting entrepreneurs and inventors to engage with CSU on research projects.
The webpage offers a keyword search function that lets users access CSU’s catalog of research results and publications, explore its faculty expertise database, and obtain information for partnering with faculty, staff and students at any stage of product development.
“CSU wants the Innovation Portal to both generate new ideas and to help us connect with the communities we serve,” says Jerzy Sawicki, CSU’s vice president for research. “The Portal’s resources support industry and community innovators from the spark of an idea to launching a product or company with a sound business plan.”
With its collaborative approach, the portal ties together a broad range of resources and facilities at CSU that support new idea generation (Weston Ideation Lab), prototype creation (Dan T. Moore Makerspace), technology spin-out and early commercialization (Technology Transfer Office), and small business growth (Small Business Development Center).
Building on its experience leading statewide innovation and technology transfer for the Ohio Federal Research Network (OFRN), Cleveland State is also deploying the Innovation Portal to help established companies to meet their research and development needs through the school’s broad knowledge base and connections to Ohio’s research institutions.
CSU President Harlan Sands is enthusiastic about the potential impact. “Cleveland State has been educating Northeast Ohio’s workforce since 1964,” he says. “Jobs, technology, education, even the way we live, are all changing rapidly, and CSU is transforming how we collaborate to keep pace and help the region take a leading position in all these areas.”