A: The Mill is a regional platform to connect startups with the resources they need to be successful – i.e. mentors, funding, employees, customers, etc….. The Mill spawned from Biztech and its mission and goal is to build and develop the startup community in Hamilton and the surrounding region, with a focus on clean energy solutions, including water, clean fuels and other sustainable technologies such as digital and advanced manufacturing. We are considered an incubator.
A: Biztech is now The Mill. There was a realization that Biztech did not have clear brand recognition throughout the region, so we moved forward with a brand that reflects on the history and character of Hamilton – a character that was….and still is built on making things.
A: An incubator is a program designed to assist startup companies in the growth and success of their business. This includes providing them with the resources (funding, mentorship, customers, and connectivity) and the critical feedback that they need to be successful. The length of stay can vary significantly depending on market acceptance and following through with business plan objectives.
A: An accelerator is a faster-paced program environment that takes on startups that are in similar stages of development and graduates them within 6-9 months. Funding is usually part of the package in exchange for equity.
A: We are unique in the fact that our focus is on clean technology, including water technology, clean fuels, and sustainable technologies. We are leveraging the award winning work that the City of Hamilton has undertaken in developing a green community – everything from harnessing hydroelectric power to powering a clean-fueled city fleet. It is impressive for any business to say that their business is powered by 100% renewable energy, and we are actually doing that in Hamilton. In addition, we are providing to Mill clients the opportunity to use the city as a lab. We believe in testing and proving good ideas and one way to do this is to introduce those ideas to the crowd and let them have their say – that’s how innovation works. We complement the other incubators, accelerators, business development centers throughout the region.
A: No. Come to us with a good idea and we will listen. Of course there is an application process, but we are all about harnessing and cultivating all the great ideas that are flowing throughout our region.
A: This is one facet of an effective economic development strategy. Small businesses and the startup community are a grassroots approach to developing your local economy. The days of attracting the three thousand job manufacturing facility are long behind us. We need to identify and develop our regional assets leveraging the commodities and expertise that we have in our own backyard.
A: No – there are no requirements that ensure graduated companies will stay in the region, but we will do everything within our control to entice them to stay. Can you say microbrew?
A: Fill out our application
and we will be in touch with you as soon as possible. We appreciate your passion and we hope to give you the opportunity to make your idea a reality.
A: There are programs that would allow you access to the great resources at The Mill without having to invest in office space. We have flexible space program called The Sandbox
– call (513)737-6543 or email email us
for more details.
A: We have constructed a board that offers mentorship, expertise, and representation from across the region. These are all factors that will help you be successful in your startup endeavor. The following are board members and staff that will take you to the next level.
- Tim Cameron – Board Chairman (Interim) – Miami University
- Tom O’Neill – Butler Tech
- Jody Gunderson – City of Hamilton
- Tim Derickson – Ohio House of Representatives
- Don Wright – Clarigent Health
- Pat Moeller – Hamilton Mayor
- Marni Durham – Butler Tech
- Jon Simon – Miami University
- Marvin Abrinica – Wunderfund
- Dave Fehr – Butler County
- Jack Whalen – Hamilton Community Foundation
- Tyler Bridge – J.D. Candidate
- Chris Lawson – Director, Hamilton Mill
We are continuously looking to build this partnership network, so if you are interested in jumping on board please email us