Channel Partners

Our partners are vital to our operations as Ohio’s only energy incubator. Their support, through channel partnerships and donations, allows us to provide valuable services to startups and founders.

Academic Partnership Engagement Experiment

The Academic Partnership Engagement Experiment (APEX) cultivates innovation by expanding the American research enterprise for the USAF. APEX does this by engaging and collaborating with innovators across academia, industry and the Department of Defense (DoD) and who possess capabilities of interest to the USAF; utilizing data analytics to identify transformational operational defense solutions in academia, industry and government sectors; providing high-touch coaching for business startups and proposals; and engaging with DoD programs to connect universities, businesses and government entities in a way that moves defense technology from discovery to reality. Learn more about APEX here.

America Makes

As the national accelerator for additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing (3DP), America Makes is the nation’s leading and collaborative partner in AM and 3DP technology research, discovery, creation, and innovation. Structured as a public-private partnership with member organizations from industry, academia, government, non-government agencies, and workforce and economic development resources, we are working together to innovate and accelerate AM and 3DP to increase our nation’s global manufacturing competitiveness. Learn more about America Makes here.

Clean Energy Trust

BRITE works with the Clean Energy Trust to provide tech and energy startups with a greater array of support and development options. Clean Energy Trust (CET) brings cleantech innovation to market by finding, funding, and growing high-impact cleantech startups from the Midwest. Structured as a nonprofit, we make seed investments and provide mentorship, coaching, access to a national network, and patient, hands-on support to help entrepreneurs scale and succeed. Learn more about the Clean Energy Trust here.

Cleantech Open

BRITE refers clean tech startups to join the Cleantech Open and receive additional assistance receiving support for and developing their energy solutions. Since 2005 Cleantech Open (CTO) has trained over 1200 early-stage clean technology startup entrepreneurs through its annual business accelerator. A majority of CTO alumni have survived the merciless technology startup “valley of death” and gone on to raise $1.2 billion and create over 3,000 clean economy jobs. Learn more about the Cleantech Open here.

Great Lakes Energy Institute

BRITE has worked with the Great Lakes Energy Institute to assist startups coming out of the extensive research and development performed there. Catalyzing breakthroughs in energy sustainability that address the most pressing problems facing our world by empowering their faculty, students, and partners. Research is at the heart of their work at Case Western Reserve University. Their faculty, staff and students are driven to expand knowledge, deepen understanding and contribute to the well-being of society. They consistently rank in the top 20 private research institutions. In 2013-2014, CWRU received more than $310 million to fund 1,600 projects. Creating sustainable energy solutions is unlike any challenge our society has ever faced. The ramifications reach into every aspect of our lives, from international relations and economic development to ecological wellness. To meet this challenge, we need innovative approaches to research across a broad range of disciplines. CWRU and the Great Lakes Energy Institute helps foster a collaborative, translational research model that more rapidly filters innovative ideas and integrates them into the marketplace. Learn more about the Great Lakes Energy Institute here.


BRITE assists tech-enabled energy startups with validation through a network of technical experts in energy storage, IoT, and grid integration. Thought leaders from industry and academia are accessible through BRITE’s network, including IN2 channel partners. BRITE also helps its clients connect with first customers such as public and private utilities. Learn more about IN2 here.

Innovation Fund Northeast Ohio

BRITE works with Innovation Fund Northeast Ohio and Innovation Fund America to connect entrepreneurs with the funds necessary to apply their developed technologies. Innovation Fund America is a nonprofit partnering with community colleges to accelerate the growth of technology startups through early-stage funding and education. Innovation Fund Northeast Ohio was founded by the Lorain County Community College Foundation in 2007 to fill the capital needs of Northeast Ohio startups at the earliest stage of development. They think like investors, but their return on investment is a little different. They support startups so they can impact our economy and inspire future innovators. Learn more about Innovation Fund Northeast Ohio here.

JumpStart Inc. 

BRITE is an Entrepreneurial Services Provider (ESP) through JumpStart Inc., a venture development organization that combines the principles of (private) venture capital and (non-profit) economic development to help entrepreneurs start and grow companies. BRITE is one of 12 partner organizations in the Northeast Ohio Startup Network. However, because BRITE is the only energy incubator in the state, BRITE can work in all 88 Ohio counties as part of the Ohio Third Frontier. The ESP program includes Entrepreneurs in Residence, who mentor and provide industry experience to startups at no cost to clients. Learn more about JumpStart here.

Kent State University

BRITE and Kent State University partnership allows for and encourages collaboration between BRITE portfolio companies and Kent State on research and the commercialization of the intellectual properties of that research. Kent State has a strong interest in developing new collaborations in the energy and cleantech space, and BRITE assists them by connecting them to new startups to complement their efforts. Learn more about Kent State University here.

NASA Glenn Research Center

BRITE works closely with the NASA Glenn Research Center to connect them with startups making strides in technology and energy solutions. NASA Glenn has aided BRITE startups in further developing and applying the technologies they have developed in the areas of power, energy storage and conversion. Learn more about the NASA Glenn Research Center here.

Ohio Development Services Agency

Through a partnership with ODSA, BRITE houses a Minority Business Assistance Center (MBAC) focused on providing business development support and guidance to minority-owned businesses in Northeast Ohio. To learn more about the Ohio Development Services Agency click here.

Ohio Third Frontier

BRITE provides entrepreneurial services through the Ohio Third Frontier program. Third Frontier aims to support innovative startup companies across the state, making Ohio the destination for technology entrepreneurs. Providers in this robust network of resources help take advanced ideas and turn them into new technology businesses. Learn more about Ohio Third Frontier here.

Team NEO

BRITE works with Team NEO to anticipate the impact of the changing energy industry on Northeast Ohio. Team NEO is a business development organization focused on accelerating economic growth and job creation throughout the 18 counties of Northeast Ohio. They do this by building partnerships among local organizations, businesses and government and marketing the region as a whole. Drawing on the combined strength of our 18 counties, they represent a $200+ billion economy with a regional workforce of 2 million and more than 25 higher education institutions. Learn more about Team NEO here.


Logo for TechGROWTH Ohio

TechGROWTH Ohio is a $62 million public-private partnership composed of the Ohio Third Frontier program, Ohio University and the private investment community. It is one of the regional entrepreneurial signature programs funded by the Ohio Third Frontier program to provide business expertise, services and investments for startup companies in the 19-county Southeastern Ohio area. As one of the premier programs of the Ohio University Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, TechGROWTH Ohio is part of an entrepreneurial ecosystem that includes programs supporting university and regional technology commercialization and small business incubation. Learn more about TechGROWTH Ohio here.

University of Akron

BRITE works with the University of Akron, through a memorandum of understanding, on grant writing projects that support the research and development of energy solutions and related technologies. Learn more about the University of Akron here.

Valley Growth Ventures

BRITE is a matchmaker for startups seeking capital from a variety of sources including individuals, the state, venture firms, and others. BRITE is a founding partner of Valley Growth Ventures, a for profit investment fund. Since inception, BRITE has helped its clients raise over $60 million in private investment. Learn more about Valley Growth Ventures here.

Youngstown Business Incubator

BRITE works with the Youngstown Business Incubator to jointly house support for minority-owned businesses by providing State of Ohio Minority Business Assistance Centers (MBAC). YBI also uses its affiliation with Youngstown State University to focus on supporting companies developing implementations for software and additive manufacturing and offering rigorous programs to drive entrepreneurship. You can learn more about YBI and their programs here.

Youngstown State University

BRITE has worked with Youngstown State University since its inception to provide a resource for students with ideas to develop them into technologies and solutions with real world applications. Youngstown State University has also brought together the resources of YBI, BRITE and America Makes to create a community of innovation within the Mahoning Valley which aims to bring new strides in the fields of energy, technology and advanced manufacturing. Learn more about Youngstown State University here.