The TBEIC Network

The TechBelt is home to a broad range of world-class players in the field of advanced energy technology development.

As a regional resource, TBEIC enjoys support from its collaborative relationships with Industry, Academia, Economic Development and national utilities.

TBEIC Network

   Phase 1 Network

The TBEIC steering committee and Board of Directors is actively engaged in the planning, fundraising and implementation efforts to get the TBEIC up and running and sustainable in the long-term.  Steering Committee members represent NorTech, the Fund for Our Economic Future, the Cleveland Foundation, the Wean Foundation, the Trumbull 100, Youngstown State and Kent State Universities, the Advanced Manufacturing Initiative, the Youngstown Business Incubator, JumpStart Techlift, the Ohio Department of Development, Trumbull County, the City of Warren and representatives from local labor and community development organizations.  Together, this network of organizations is well positioned help the City successfully implement this project.  Once initial staff are hired to run the TBEIC (a newly-formed Ohio non-profit awaiting 501(c)(3) designation from the IRS), it will assume operational responsibility, working with the Steering Committee and the City to carry out the tasks set forth in this proposal.   The following technology-based economic development organizations are deeply connected with TBEIC and will actively participate in making this project a success
Through direct partnerships with NorTech, JumpStart, JumpStart TechLift Advisors, MAGNET, AMI and others, TBEIC staff will counsel, coach and guide firms and their management toward potential by engaging in a range of activities including:

  1. Providing tenants and members with access to financing and capitalization;
  2. Connecting with professional support, including accounting, legal, business administrative and technical education (see above).
  3. Cultivating Building Community and Industry support for emerging business. 
  4. Delivering entrepreneurial education and business planning and coaching with a specific emphasis on the energy field.
  5. Providing Access to a core technological infrastructure that will help a broad range of early stage energy businesses define and refine their path to a fully-functional product or service.

Collaboration Network Partner Services:  It is anticipated that Collaboration Network Partners will wish to associate with the Center due to its focused activity in technology areas of interest to them.  Network Partners will gain insight to emerging commercial technology opportunities, potential new collaborators required for research grant funding, and commercialization outlets for institutional, or corporate embedded technologies.  Network Partner services need to revolve around these themes to bring real value to these Center participants.  Network Partner services include:

  • Facility Access
  • “Dial-up” Collaborations and Proposal Coordination
  • Technology Scouting
  • Commercialization and Corporate Spin-out Services

Network Partners will have reserved access to the TBEIC facility for use of conference, research or engineering needs.  The Center will maintain a database of capabilities of all Clients, Partners and interested supporters of Center programs wishing to collaborate on research projects.  Network Partners will be able to dial into this database through appropriate Center personnel to fill gaps in grant proposals, or conversely, will be notified when a collaboration is available that suits their capabilities.  TBEIC will also have a resident commercialization function that continually scans for technologies around which new start-up activity can be generated.  This resident function can be made available to Network Partners wishing to spin-out technologies for license or for start-up potential, and to help scan for technologies of particular interest to the Network Partner.
Fees for Services:  A certain level of service would be provided in consideration for the Master Services Agreement required of the Network Partner.  It is likely facility access for conferences and certain limited access for instrumentation would be provided at no cost.  “Dial-up” collaborations would also be a benefit of association with the Center and grant coordination could be available at nominal fees.  Technology scouting and commercialization services however would have to be negotiated depending on the depth and complexity of the service requested.  Terms of those negotiated fees could include equity for the Center or nominal charges plus success bonuses.  It depends upon the structure of the relationship between the Center and the provider of the commercialization services (whether these are internal services of the Center or offered through another entity in relationship with the Center).