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Access to Funding

Northeast Ohio's seed funding landscape has changed dramatically in the last 10 years. There are many types of funding available to entrepreneurs, but finding the right seed funding for your business can be difficult. GLIDE can help you decide what funding source is best for you and then navigate you through the application process.

Innovation Fund

Innovation Fund Northeast OhioGLIDE administers the Innovation Fund, Northeast Ohio's pre-seed fund founded by the Lorain County Community College Foundation that supports technology-based entrepreneurial companies. It awards early-stage capital to business in Northeast Ohio, filling the gap between friends and family funding and angel or venture capital funding.

The Innovation Fund has two levels of funding:
  • A awards provide up to $25,000 to help validate the technology
  • B awards provide up to $100,000 to help validate the business model

Learn more about the Innovation Fund or Request an appointment with GLIDE.

Other Northeast Ohio Funds

GLIDE can also help prepare entrepreneurs to get funding from within Northeast Ohio's entrepreneurial ecosystem. Request an appointment with GLIDE to learn more about Northeast Ohio's funding options.