A Brief History of the Believe in Ohio Program

June 27, 2012

The Ohio Board of Regents (OBOR) approved its Commercialization Task Force report entitled, The Condition of Higher Education in Ohio: Advancing Ohio’s Innovation Economy. The Task Force was convened in direct response to the Governor’s call for increased job creation and economic growth in Ohio by advancing the state’s innovation economy. While the report dealt mainly with activities within the University System of Ohio, it also included the following recommendations relative to pathways from K-12 education:

  • “The next generation of technology innovation will come from today’s students who should be exposed to an entrepreneurial curriculum, provided with real life experiences and supported in promoting their intellectual ideas” (Page 6)
  • “Ohio’s Higher Education Institutions should … (work) directly with Pre K-12 systems to increase the pipeline of (high school students) who are qualified in the STEM disciplines” (Page 22)
  • Ohio should “promote business plan competitions with meaningful preparations awards and follow-up benefits. (Page 44)
  • Ohio should “offer competitive full and partial tuition ‘Entrepreneurship Scholarships’ for promising students who plans to study and engage in entrepreneurship, akin to athletic scholarships” (Page 44) Essentially, the Believe in Ohio Program implements these recommendations.

January 23, 2013

The Believe in Ohio team presented its implementation plan to the Ohio Board of Regents at their meeting at the University of Cincinnati. With the support of the Regents, the Believe in Ohio team approached the General Assembly to seek $5,000,000 in funding for the 2014-2015 Biennial Budget.

June 30, 2013

On this date, Governor Kasich signed into law the 2014-2015 Biennial Budget that included $5,000,000 in funding for the Believe in Ohio program.

December 16, 2013

On this date, the Believe in Ohio program was announced, roughly half way through the 2013-2014 school year. The late start in getting the program started was caused by unavoidable delays in getting State Controlling Board approval.

January 2014

With funding approved and the program announced, development of the Believe in Ohio program begins.

April 9, 2015

Following 15 months of intensive development (and quarterly reporting to the OBOR), on this date, the Believe in Ohio team presented its accomplishments to Chancellor John Carey and OBOR staff. Essentially, the Believe in Ohio team has accomplished virtually everything that it stated it would do in its January 23, 2013 presentation to the OBOR.