Located in the former “Frank’s Produce” building, Innovation District HQ serves as the central hub of the Canton innovation District—a 12-block neighborhood within downtown Canton designed to attract and facilitate the growth of technology-oriented businesses in Stark County.
The Stark County Impact Program
Are you interested in taking your business to the next level? If so, our Stark County Impact Program can provide you with the tools to do so.
5 Companies. 12 Weeks. $20,000.
Twice a year, a cohort of five high-potential businesses join the Stark County Impact Program, an intensive 12-week business assistance program designed to provide focused business advising, industry-specific mentoring and collaborative learning.
Each Impact Program cohort culminates in a demo day-style competition where every participant pitches to a panel of judges for a chance to take home a $10,000 grand prize (all other cohort participants receive $2,500).
The Stark County Pitch Competition
Whether you’re brand new to pitching or a seasoned veteran, we welcome you to participate!
A CHANCE TO WIN $2,500 TO GROW YOUR BUSINESS
Enter the Innovation District HQ Stark County Pitch Competition today!
We will select up to 10 finalists to pitch their business or startup idea in front of a live (virtual) audience for a chance to win up to $2,500.
The best part? All participants will walk away with at least $500!
Support for Stark County Entrepreneurs
JumpStart is a nationally recognized investing and entrepreneurial support organization dedicated to unlocking the full potential of diverse and ambitious entrepreneurs to economically transform entire communities.
JumpStart helped fund the launch of the Canton Innovation District and maintains an office in Innovation District HQ, where it holds programming and offers technical assistance for entrepreneurs and small business owners across Stark County.
Since 2004, ECDI has assisted Ohio’s entrepreneurs through their one-stop-shop business services model, suited to meet the needs of all entrepreneurs,
A statewide SBA lender, ECDI started in Columbus in 2004 and expanded to Cleveland in 2012 and Akron in 2014. ECDI also has Field Offices in Toledo and maintains a presence in Innovation District HQ to assist stark county entrepreneurs.
Join The Innovation District HQ Incubator
Located in Canton at 309 Court Avenue NW, the Innovation District HQ Incubator is a launchpad for you to grow your business and hopefully stay in the District.
Founders of tech or tech-enabled companies looking for access to technical business services and use of space are encouraged to apply today!