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The Lab @ Cuyahoga County

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Make Cuyahoga County the Test Bed for Your Latest Innovation

The Lab @ Cuyahoga County connects local entrepreneurs and businesses with public sector partners to test new ideas, products, or services in a real-world environment for 12 to 16 weeks. Transforming Cuyahoga County into a living lab for the latest innovations, The Lab provides local entrepreneurs and businesses with the subject matter expertise, data, and customer feedback needed to make the jump from product ideation and validation to product launch.

Meeting Local Businesses and Entrepreneurs Where They Are

The Lab offers two program tracks based on the needs of entrepreneurs and businesses:

Product Ideation Track
  • Supports entrepreneurs and businesses that are in the formation stage and need additional information to develop a minimum viable product.
  • The public sector partner will provide access to subject matter experts to help answer the, what, to whom, why, and how questions that allow entrepreneurs and businesses to complete product ideation, laying the foundation for product development.

Download: Product Ideation Track Program Details
Product Validation Track
  • Supports entrepreneurs and businesses that are in the validation stage and need to test their product to validate their product before launch.
  • The public sector partner may provide access to the individuals, technology infrastructure, and facilities that allow entrepreneurs and businesses to test their product in a real-world setting, providing the feedback needed to validate or pivot a product before launch.

Download: Product Validation Track Program Details

Our 2020 Cohort


What It Is:
RoadPrintz uses advanced robotics, geolocation and sensor technology to apply street markings, like turn arrows or bike symbols, without stencils.

To reduce the costs and time regularly associated with applying street markings and to reduce injuries to road workers by eliminating the need for workers to be on the road.

Community Partner:
Working with the Cleveland Metroparks, RoadPrintz will test the efficiency and accuracy of their prototype at various parking lots in the Cleveland Metroparks Euclid Creek Reservation.

Watch Video: RoadPrintz


What It Is:
[unBail] is a simple, interactive, user-centric platform that guides defendants through the criminal legal system by providing users to court provided and external resources.

To become a trusted advisor for defendants and their families and encourage the best possible outcomes for defendants and democratize information about the criminal legal system.

Community Partner:
The [unBail] team will connect with Cuyahoga County subject matter experts to gather information to support application development.

Watch Video: [unBail]


What It Is:
CablePlant is a web-based software for documenting network infrastructure, ethernet cabling and other network assets.

Designed with simplicity in mind, CablePlant features include a centralized dashboard to display critical status, live maps to visualize pathways for outside infrastructure and a customer report generator.

Community Partner:
Working with Cuyahoga County subject matter experts, CablePlant will identify additional features and infrastructure documentation needs to support application development.

Recipe Re-Mix

What It Is:
Recipe Re-Mix is developing a technological product to expand healthy recipe programming and benefit enrollment assistance to seniors using smart devices (i.e. smart speakers like Amazon Alexa).

To bring positive culinary literacy programming to Cleveland’s urban population and remove barriers to healthy eating.

Community Partner:
Working with Cuyahoga County Public Library, Recipe Re-mix will gather information and expertise to identify potential audiences and expand program delivery.

Watch Video: Recipe Re-Mix


What It Is:
A smart growing solution, EvergreenCLE leverages IoT technology to provide an optimal indoor growing environment. Users can leverage technology to monitor and automate nutrients, PH, water, temperature, lights, and air exchange all from their smart device.

Turning unused indoor space into automated hydroponic farms, EvergreenCLE’s mission is to empower communities to become food independent.

Community Partner:
Beginning in September, EvergreenCLE will complete a pilot test of a 9-foot automated growing dome at Cleveland Public Library’s downtown branch to spark conversation about indoor urban farming as well as the use cases for tech-enabled agriculture.


What It Is:
AugTagger is a geo-spatial information delivery network that provides a platform for extended reality application development.

Using location-based messaging and functionality, applications built on AugTagger can provide users with information on the world around them.

Community Partner:
Working with the Cleveland Metroparks, AugTagger is gathering information to support product and business plan development for the non-profit and public sectors.

Our 2020 Partner Agencies

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Contact Us

If you have questions about The Lab, please contact us at thelab@cuyahogacounty.us.