UC 1819 Innovation Hub
Tenant: CINCINNATI BELL
The UC 1819 Innovation Hub, formerly the Sears Building, is the University of Cincinnati’s innovation and research accelerator, serving as the new “front door” for companies seeking to tap into the vast talent, research and educational expertise at UC. It provides space for interdisciplinary students and faculty to collaborate with industry partners and translate ideas to market. 1819 is home to innovation, serving start-ups as well as small, medium and large organizations, allowing company employees to interact with each other and with university talent to collaborate, accelerate and solve today’s complex problems.
In 2018 University President Neville Pinto and Cincinnati Bell CEO Leigh Fox signed a 10-year partnership agreement that includes a corporate innovation center within UC’s new 1819 Innovation Hub.
Cincinnati Bell’s corporate innovation center within the 1819 Innovation Hub will allow Cincinnati Bell employees to collaborate with UC students and faculty, resulting in innovative applications and products that leverage Cincinnati Bell’s deep fiber network and expertise in the region.
With more than $800 million invested in its local fiber network — which delivers high-speed internet service to consumers and businesses across the region — Cincinnati Bell is increasing its focus on developing new products to help customers maximize their connections. (Credit: University of Cincinnati)
VILLAGE LIFE PROJECT
In 2018 the Village Life Outreach Project located in the UC 1819 Innovation Hub in the Uptown Innovation Corridor. It's work unites communities to promote a life, health and education.
By partnering with the villages of Roche, Nyambogo, and Burere in the Rorya District of Tanzania, East Africa, Village Life implements sustainable projects to fight poverty and improve health, water quality and quantity, and educational outcomes. Lessons from Tanzania of love, global citizenship, and social responsibility are shared with the Cincinnati community and beyond through partnerships and service-learning initiatives at local schools and universities. The University of Cincinnati and UCHealth are primary project partners, and locating at the Innovation Hub promises further, sustainable connections that improve lives around the globe.
Tenant: LIVE WELL COLLABORATIVE (P&G-founded)
In 2018, the Live Well Collaborative moved to the UC 1819 Innovation Hub in the Uptown Innovation Corridor. The P&G-funded non-profit works with industry leaders and University of Cincinnati students and faculty to form multidisciplinary design project teams. Over the course of a semester the project team uses design thinking process, which incorporates in-depth user focused research, ideation of products and services, and concept refinement. Live Well Collaborative’s design-led approach, delivers innovative solutions across the lifespan.