The Lab @ Cuyahoga County Application


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Make Cuyahoga County the test bed for your latest innovation.

  

Application Criteria

To be considered for The Lab, interested entrepreneurs and businesses must:

  1. Acknowledge review of The Lab Rules & Regulations for their associated program track (i.e. Product Ideation or Product Validation),
  2. Complete all sections of the program application,
  3. Commit to participate for the full length of the program,
  4. Be headquartered in Northeast Ohio as defined by the boundaries of the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (Cuyahoga County based preferred), and
  5. Meet the minimum criteria for their program track of interest:

Product Ideation Track
Product Validation Track
  • Applicant entrepreneurs and businesses for this track must have a potential scalable product or service idea and an initial idea on how it would create value.
  • With the primary deliverable of this program track being subject matter expertise, applicant product or service ideas should be civic-minded.

  • Applicant businesses for this track must have a working, pilot-ready MVP ready to be tested at the County or another public sector partner agency.
  • Applicant businesses must be incorporated and carry insurance.

Legal Requirements

The Lab Rules and Regulations will go into effect on a entrepreneur or business is invited in the program.

Read and acknowledge the rules and regulations: Additional rules, regulations, and requirements may be required based on the proposal and public sector agency partner. These will be identified and provided to the entrepreneur or business once selected for the Cohort.

Application Assessment

The Lab Application Evaluation Committee will base the selection process according to the following:

Product Ideation Track Product Validation Track
Idea
  • Is the idea and its business case clearly defined?
  • Does the idea provide an innovative solution to a civic problem?
  • Does the idea already exist?
  • Is the idea aligned with the work of a public sector partner agency included in The Lab?

Impact
  • Does the proposed idea have the potential to benefit the people of Cuyahoga County?
  • Does the proposed idea have the potential to improve the quality or efficiency of The Lab’s public sector agencies?
 Product
  • Does the MVP creatively contribute to the selected test environment?
  • Is the proposed pilot well thought out and defined with key metric?
  • Does the product already exist?
  • Is the idea aligned with the work of a public sector partner agency included in The Lab?

Impact
  • Does the proposed product have the potential to benefit the people of Cuyahoga County?
  • Would the product have the potential to improve the quality or efficiency of The Lab’s public sector agencies?

Inclusion 
  • Does the business have diverse hiring practices?
  • Is the business supportive of the local economy (e.g. hiring of Cuyahoga County residents, doing business with local vendors, etc.)?

Feasibility
  • What action is required from The Lab's public sector agencies to make the pilot successful?


Professional qualifications, education, and recent relevant experience of all applicants, regardless of program track, will also be assessed during the evaluation process.

Timeline


Application OpensJanuary 6, 2020
Application ClosesFebruary 7, 2020 (@ 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time)
Cohort SelectionMarch 2020
Cohort AnnouncementMarch 2020
Pilot PeriodApril 2020 - July 2020
The Lab Celebration EventJuly/August 2020

Office Hours

Interested in applying to The Lab, but have questions about the program or application process? Join us for The Lab 2020 Office Hours! In January 2020, Office of Innovation and Performance staff will be available at local co-working spaces to meet with local entrepreneurs and businesses interested in learning more about The Lab.

View the details on The Lab 2020 Office Hours. No appointment is necessary, however if you would like to schedule an appointment please contact thelab@cuyahogacounty.us.