High Profile Tenants Move to Innovation Hub


The UC 1819 Innovation Hub is a state-of-the-art facility that connects external organizations with UC’s students and faculty. Located in the Uptown Innovation Corridor, it provides a multi-disciplinary, collaborative environment to create real-world solutions and products while producing a talent pipeline from the university to companies. In the last year, the 1819 Innovation Hub has announced several business and non-profit tenants for its leasable space.

Below is a round-up of current tenants:

1.     Procter & Gamble: Last year UC and P&G announced the opening of the UC Simulation Center in the 1819 Innovation Hub. The Center’s collaborative teams of P&G employees, UC faculty and students work on real-world industrial projects. The partnership is credited with expediting solutions to critical commercial problems at a fraction of the cost of more traditional approaches. P&G is the inaugural tenant in the 1819 Innovation Hub and has already commenced using its completed space.

2.     Cincinnati Bell: In March, UC and Cincinnati Bell signed a 10-year partnership agreement locating a corporate innovation center within the 1819 Innovation Hub. This center will connect UC faculty and students with Cincinnati Bell’s technical talent to create innovative applications and products leveraging the company’s deep fiber network. The Cincinnati Bell team will begin working in the space in the 2018-2019 school year.

3.     Village Life Outreach Project: Village Life, a non-profit organization that fights poverty and improves lives in three remote villages in Tanzania, occupies a 1,500-square-foot suite. Funded by UC Health, UC and private contributions, the organization has more than 800 students and faculty participate in its program. The project hopes to create more opportunities for industry, community and academic collaboration to increase its impact. Village Life moved into the facility in May 2018 and plans to have an open house for students in the fall.

4.     Live Well Collaborative: The successful, multi-disciplinary Collaborative moved into its 5,100-square-foot suite last month. The decade-old organization utilizes a design-led approach to translate user-focused research for products, services and system solutions for industry clients including P&G, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Citi Bank and General Mills. In the 1819 Innovation Hub, the group hopes to expand its portfolio, form new business relationships and create more opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration.

5.     UC Office of Innovation: Earlier this spring, the Office of Innovation at the University of Cincinnati moved its offices to the 1819 Innovation Hub. Led by David J. Adams, UC’s chief innovation officer, the Office of Innovation will leverage the building to help facilitate talent development and innovative solutions for its tenants, UC faculty and students.

Interest is high for space within the building, so additional announcements are imminent. In addition to its leasable space, the building also includes classrooms, an entrepreneurial accelerator and a 12,000 square-foot makerspace. The 1819 Innovation Hub officially opens for the fall semester.