Originally launched in 2013 with funding from the State of Ohio, during the years 2014-2016, the program included over 300 teachers at more than 150 high schools in 50+ Ohio counties, with more than 10,000 students developing STEM Commercialization and STEM Business Plans for entry into local high school competitions. More than $1.2 million in cash awards and scholarships to Ohio colleges and universities were awarded to winners of Believe in Ohio state competitions during those years.
In addition, since 2014, more than 8,000 students and teachers have attended one of 43 STEM Entrepreneurship & Innovation Forums held at seventeen colleges and universities across Ohio. Students who attended Forums participated in an extraordinary program that opened their eyes to the future and inspired them to “think outside the box”. At the end of each Forum, students working in teams were given an opportunity to “pitch” their innovative product ideas and problem-solving solutions to their peers.
Due to 2017-2018 state budget shortfalls, Believe in Ohio did not receive continued funding and had to be suspended. However, with state funding restored in the recently approved state budget, the Believe in Ohio program is being relaunched for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years.