Office Locations:

19 E. Circle Drive
Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740-593-2379



  • Early
  • Seed



  • Information Technology
  • Life Sciences & Healthcare



    TechGROWTH delivers intensive operational assistance through Executives in Residence who validate opportunities and prepare companies for investment. In addition, TechGROWTH provides small, competitive Growth Funding to qualifying companies to overcome targeted commercialization obstacles, pre-seed investments providing first-in funding for technology startups, and access to a regional network of angel investors for follow-on capital needs as well as access to venture capital markets to fund the scale up of production, sales, and marketing. TechGROWTH is funded by an Ohio Third Frontier grant with support from Ohio University and private capital. TechGROWTH's impact shows a leverage ratio of over $9 of follow-on resources acquired for client companies for every $1 of state money invested, achieving over $69.7 million flowing into the region over its first four years. TechGROWTH can help individuals and companies who have innovative technology, who have a substantial presence in the 20 counties of SE Ohio, and whose business (if it is already a business) has less than 50 employees and less than $5 million in annual revenues. TechGROWTH offers a limited number of highly competitive opportunities for pre-seed funding. Portfolio clients to date have received funding in the range of $200,000 to $400,000. The firm has $12.78 million under management.

    Investment Firm Key

       VC = Venture Capital
       PE = Private Equity
       A = Angel
       I = Incubator
       MB = Merchant Bank
       VD = Venture Debt
       FI = Family Investment Office
       FOF = Fund of Funds
       ED = Economic Development Office   
       TT = Technology Transfer Office
       CVC = Corporate Venture Capital
       SEC = Secondary Purchaser
       HF = Hedge Fund/Mutual Fund
    Venture Capital
    Seed Stage
    (includes "pre-seed," or
    concept stage)
    No Revenue
    Early StageMinimal
    Growth Stage
    (also called Mid-stage)
    Expansion Stage
    (also called Late-stage)
    $7M and greater
    Private Equity
    Lower Middle Market$10M-$249M
    Middle Market$250M-$499M
    Upper Middle Market$500M-$1B
    Large Cap>$1B

    Investment Team:

    Name   Title
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    Karen A. Davis Executive-In-Residence
    Lynn Gellermann Executive Director


    Portfolio companies include:

      Yost Labs
        web link


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