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Our Collaborators 


The University of Dayton

As the largest university-anchored innovation Hub in the country, UD students have resources and opportunities to learn at the most experimental level. The Hub houses the UD Crotty Center, which offers a distinctive approach to entrepreneurship education with experiences such as starting their own micro-businesses and regular contact with successful entrepreneurs. The Hub is also the new home for classes in the College of Arts and Sciences, entrepreneurship courses, and The GEM, which is a social innovation incubator for the Institute of Applied Creativity (IACT).

Entrepreneurs' Center

Dedicated to supporting all Miami Valley entrepreneurs, the Entrepreneurs' Center brings together resources for new ventures.  From small business, to high-tech, to research commercialization, the center offers free, game-changing opportunities to start-ups and scale-ups.  The Dayton region's entrepreneurs drive innovation, diversify the region's economy, and fuel prosperity.

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The Greater West Dayton Incubator's (GWDI) 

The Greater West Dayton Incubator's (GWDI) mission is to leverage students and collective impact partnerships to close opportunity and access gaps for diverse entrepreneurs through culturally-relevant education, experiences, and exposure. The GWDI is a collective impact partnership with The Entrepreneurs’ Center (EC) in Dayton and the incubator works in conjunction with the services, programs, and offerings provided through The Hub at The Arcade powered by PNC Bank.



Parallax is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that tackles global challenges by accelerating innovation and developing technology and solutions through strategic partnerships with government, industry and academia across Ohio and the Nation. Together with academia, Parallax accelerates innovation that leads to new breakthroughs. Together with government, Parallax tackles critical global challenges and delivers new solutions. Together with industry, Parallax develops groundbreaking ideas and speeds them to market. 

Launch Dayton

At Launch Dayton, we believe everyone, regardless of their background, should have the opportunity to determine their own economic prosperity. Launch Dayton is a collaborative effort to connect entrepreneurs to peers, resources, and supporters, and to tell the stories of our region’s thriving startup community. This community exists to support and inspire Daytonians who are building businesses.

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The Arcade

Cross Street Partners, Model Group, and McCormack Baron Salazar are redeveloping the historic Dayton Arcade, a collection of nine buildings totaling over 500,000 SF in the heart of downtown Dayton’s central business district. The full development plan will recast the Arcade in much the same way it was initially developed in the first decade of the 20th century—with a mix of retail, offices, event space and housing. The first phase of the project, the South Arcade, consists of an innovation center with the University of Dayton as a higher education partner. Included in the South Arcade are 110-unit residential LIHTC and market rate development for artists and creative entrepreneurs, a shared commercial kitchen program, multiple event spaces, and food and beverage-focused retail. The second phase, the North Arcade, will include a marketplace retail and restaurant environment as well as a boutique hotel.


The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) 

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the Entrepreneurs’ Center, in partnership with the State of Ohio and the Small Business Administration (SBA), provides business support, access to small business programming, coaching and mentoring to more than 800 main street businesses regionally. More specifically, they provide complimentary consulting and training to small business owners and potential entrepreneurs in the Dayton Region. They are here to help owners make sound decisions for the successful operation of their business.

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PNC Bank

PNC is one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States, but with a Main Street approach to serving our customers.   This approach is the cornerstone of our presence at The Hub Powered by PNC Bank.  

PNC Bank offers a wide range of services for all our customers, from individuals and small businesses, to corporations and government entities. No matter how simple or complicated your needs, PNC offers innovative tools, strategic insight and solutions to help you achieve your financial goals.  Our team of professionals are here to work with you at any stage of your business….from start-up and planning, to growing your business and managing your finances, to succession planning and navigating the transfer or sale of your business.  

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Dayton Arcade Events

Dayton Arcade Events brought to you by Cultureworks is ready to host your meeting, wedding, or special event.  From large events in the iconic Rotunda to smaller meetings and gatherings in "The Tank," Dayton Arcade Events has a variety of spaces available. Schedule your tour today, and be sure to follow @DaytonArcadeEvents on Facebook and Instagram for all the latest updates and event inspiration.

Startup Grounds

Startup Grounds is a coffee shop located in The Hub powered by PNC Bank with a menu featuring grab and go food items being curated by the University of Dayton’s Greater West Dayton Incubator. The back-office operations are run by UD’s Flyer Enterprises (FE), the sith largest student-run business in the United States. The roughly 1500-square-foot coffee shop is located at the main entrance of The Hub at 31 S. Main St in Downtown Dayton and is accessible to the general public and non-members of The Hub. Hours of operation are Monday - Friday 8:00am -3:00pm.

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Culture Works

Culture Works is the local arts council and united arts fund for the Dayton Region. We support local art and culture by funding artists and arts organizations; by promoting local performances and arts experiences; and by providing resources to local students and educators.

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