President's Buckeye Accelerator

President Johnson walking through group of students

"The greatest challenge Ohio State faces in research and creative expression is not generating ideas – our students and faculty do that as naturally as breathing. It is making sure that those ideas move quickly into the world where they can do the best." - President Kristina M. Johnson

If the impossible became possible, what would you attempt to do?

The President’s Buckeye Accelerator supports student founders prepare a startup for launch. The accelerator combines entrepreneurship skill building, deep mentorship, community building and funding with a structured process. Accelerator applicants first must complete a six-week Boost Camp. Six student ventures from the camp will then be selected for the year-long accelerator.

Image of full group of Holocron with Grace Wang and Brutus with check at Pitch Finale.

Cohort 2 applications due November 20

The program is for student founders that are serious about pursuing a business idea and are committed to a structured and rigorous program. Review the information below - if the program aligns with your goals, please complete the application to be considered to participate in Boost Camp. The application closes on November 20, 2022.

Program Support


Access to capital and additional funding upon graduation from the program

Skill Building

Commercial excellence, customer centricity, leadership, team building, lifestyle coaching, financial acumen (budgets, forecast, proformas), governance, and controls

Deep Mentorship

Intentional access to coaches, champions and domain expertise

Structured  Process

Validate, build, test and commercialize in parallel to pursuing degree


Connecting cohort to fellow students, faculty, and staff, the local start up ecosystem and global community of Ohio State founders


Digital, market and communication support to promote idea to investors and potential partners