After hitting a COVID-19-size road bump, the Lab @ Cuyahoga County, a business development program that gives entrepreneurs and startups access to governmental infrastructure to test new ideas and technology in a real world environment, is officially underway.

The program, run by Rebecca Eby, innovation manager at Cuyahoga County’s Office of Innovation and Performance, offers a “living laboratory” of resources — including the county’s staff, its information systems and facilities — for three to four months to help scale up, test and commercialize innovative solutions and ideas.

“Local government has so much more to offer entrepreneurs — besides that traditional grant and loan funding that you typically see,” Eby said. “We have the people and the places and the information that in many cases entrepreneurs need to develop their products, particularly if their product has a community need or a community benefit.”

The Lab, inspired by similar programs in Kansas

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