For Entrepreneurs


Additional Startup Support

BRITE offers complimentary entrepreneur support services for qualifying startups.

Contact us to see how we can collaborate to support your success.

If you wish to apply, BRITE may be able to assist you or direct you to a partner for more resources.

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Academic Partnership Engagement Experiment (APEX)

The APEX program provides process navigation and support for Department of the Air Force related SBIR/STTRs. Process navigation services involve team matchmaking and consulting. Team matchmaking entails locating and connecting potential collaborators within the APEX network. Consulting entails supporting entrepreneurial and academic researchers the best support possible during their pursuit for Department of the Air Force SBIR/STTR funding, from pre-proposal to post-award.

Cleantech Open

Cleantech Open runs the world’s largest clean technology accelerator program. Cleantech Open provides funding and programming for over 150 companies annually.

Department of Energy (DOE) Announcements

DOE has numerous newsletters and email alerts for funding announcements.

Empower Innovation

Empower Innovation is a Californian initiative to advance clean energy. The site maintains a funding directory.

Evergreen Climate Innovations

Evergreen Climate Innovations brings cleantech innovation to market by finding, funding, and growing high-impact cleantech startups from the Midwest.

Federal Grant Database

All federal opportunities are listed through Sign up for email alerts on funding opportunities.

Greentown Labs

Greentown Labs’ newsletter keeps up-to-date information on recent funding announcements.

New Energy Nexus

New Energy Nexus is a global network of accelerators and funders empowering diverse entrepreneurs to drive innovation and build equity with climate solutions. New Energy Nexus maintains a dynamic community and robust collection of opportunities.

Next Energy

Next Energy’s website includes information on recent lab calls and other unique announcements for energy-tech funding.


JumpStart provides entrepreneur support services, programming and funding to startup companies around Ohio. Jumpstart deploys pre-seed and seed venture capital to help entrepreneurs turn their innovative ideas into high-growth companies.

Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI)

OAI is a non-profit organization that enhances the aerospace competitiveness of its corporate, federal agency, non-profit and university members through research and technology development, workforce preparedness and engagement with networks for innovation.

Ohio Federal Research Network (OFRN)

OFRN connects Ohio’s federal laboratories to the commercial sector to identify opportunities for companies to partner with university, state and federal entities for research.

The Innovation Fund

The Innovation Fund is Northeast Ohio’s pre-seed fund that supports technology-based entrepreneurial companies. It awards early-stage capital to businesses in Northeast Ohio, including A awards of up to $25,000 to validate the technology.

SBIR/STTR Navigation

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funding programs award approximately $3.7 billion annually in non-dilutive funding to small, high-tech, innovative businesses. BRITE works with state and federal networks to help companies navigate this process through workshops, opportunity identification, application review, pitch review and partner introductions.

Vertue Lab

Vertue Lab’s website and newsletter have in-depth information for energy-tech funding opportunities.

University of Akron Research Foundation (UARF)

UARF was established in 2001 to promote and support university/industry collaboration and to provide effective mechanisms by which UA discoveries and inventions are developed and commercialized. UARF runs I-Corps and other programming to help early stage companies.

Youngstown Business Incubator

YBI helps accelerate emerging businesses by providing an array of invaluable services. Facilities, equipment, resource networks, entrepreneurial counseling, and networking opportunities – all of which are critical to successful business development.

MAGNET Incubation Center

At the MAGNET Incubation Center (MIC), members receive assistance turning manufactured product ideas into growing businesses.