UC Innovate

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We are a student group at the University of Cincinnati exploring innovation outside of the classroom in which students will help organize two major events, Next Lives Here Innovation + Tech Summit and Warren Bennis Leadership Experience.

The mission of the organization is to engage students in an innovative and inspirational way to spark the next leaders and entrepreneurs on UC’s campus.

Our Events

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Join UC Innovate

We are always looking to grow our team! If you are interested in helping out please reach out.

Other Events


In addition to Spark UC we host other events!

This year, we

  • Were inspired by Scott Abbott of IBM. Over the course of his 20+ year career, Scott has successfully consulted, partnered with, and implemented business and technology solutions for hundreds of startups, midsize and Fortune 500 companies, including GM, Aon, IBM, Apple, Oracle, HP and Microsoft.
  • Hosted a Sports Business Innovation Panel with the Society of Sport Leaders. The panel included  Jeff Berding, President and GM, FC Cincinnati, Mike Bohn, Athletic Director, University of Cincinnati, Jackie Reau, CEO, Game Day Communications, Gregg Darbyshire, Chairman and Co-Founder, ProCamps

Last year, we 

  • Heard from Tim Brunk of Cladwell, a men’s fashion startup homegrown in Cincinnati.
  • Engaged with Brandon Bright of Hango, a startup out of San Francisco making music festivals easier for groups.
  • Talked with Dr. Jason Heikenfeld, Electrical Engineering professor at UC and leader of the Novel Devices Laboratory on campus. He holds more patents than any other professor on campus and is a leader in his field
  • Toured The Brandery, a top 15 business accelerator right in Over the Rhine
  • Went to Destination: Innovate, a Cincinnati startup tour where students from UC, Miami, and NKU heard from the best and brightest businesses in the Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky area
  • Attended Unpolished, a collaborative effort designed to encourage, educate and engage aspiring entrepreneurs

Additionally, we had a one-episode podcast series!