Square1, Inc.

SQUARE1, Inc. is an entrepreneur education and business startup nonprofit providing resources to a broad range of individuals interested in turning ideas and research into business start-ups. The mission is to work collaboratively at a community level to discover new entrepreneurs, educate them, validate their ideas, and introduce resources that can help in launching a successful business. SQUARE1 helps companies apply to accelerators and navigate the regional startup ecosystem.


Unpolished is a grassroots initiative designed to encourage, educate and engage aspiring entrepreneurs in the Cincinnati and Crossroads communities. The members of Unpolished had the vision for OCEAN, and continue to be an integral part of OCEAN’s development.

HCDC Business Center

As one of the largest and most successful incubators in the country, HCDC’s Business Center has been home to more than 300 innovative businesses including more than 60 current resident companies. Established by HCDC in 1989, the incubator helps entrepreneurs launch successful technology-oriented businesses through coaching, connections, innovative programming, access to capital, and a diverse learning environment with a success rate that is five times better than the national average.