Rep. Kathleen Clyde: State To Invest $100K In Portage County Tech Start-ups
Third Frontier funds encourage collaboration between KSU and local tech firms
December 14, 2015
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State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today announced the release of $100,000 in state Third Frontier funds to Flexible ITO Solutions of Kent, Ohio, for its Smart Windows project.

“Third Frontier support brings our state’s best and brightest minds together, leveraging innovative research from our universities and turning these ideas into valuable assets for local start-ups,” said Clyde.  “By supporting Third Frontier, we will create opportunities and add to Ohio’s legacy as a place that supports originality and innovation. 

The Ohio Third Frontier, a program approved overwhelmingly by Ohio voters multiple times, assists Ohio universities and research institutions in commercializing and transferring technologies to Ohio start-up companies. Third Frontier funds support the validation of unlicensed technologies at Ohio universities and not-for-profit research organizations, while also providing initial seed funding to Ohio start-ups that license a technology.

Flexible ITO Solutions’ project is for the development and commercialization of unique Flexible Indium Tin Oxide (FITO) films that be can be used in Smart Windows. Specifically, the FITO films will be used for touch screens, which work by sensing conductive properties of an object (usually skin on the fingertip) and become more responsive to gestures. The concept of this technology will be replacing the inferior resistive screens, which work on the basis of applied pressure, which is a costlier alternative.

Flexible ITO Solutions will provide $105,000.00 to match state funds

Rep. Clyde represents the 75th Ohio House District, serving Kent, Ravenna, Streetsboro, and Central and Southern Portage County. 

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