Oak Hill Collaborative is a unique nonprofit organization on Youngstown, Ohio’s south side. Youngstown Game Developers and Coal Creek Game Developers use the space for meetups and various events. YGD and CCGD also work with Oak Hill to interact with local schools, colleges, businesses, and city officials to work together in order to build Youngstown into a technology and game development powerhouse. We’ve codenamed it “Silicorn Valley”.
Oak Hill Collaborative Provides:
- small business incubation services
- a Maker Space that has tools and resources to grow ideas into viable inventions, market products and/or goods
- resources to help bridge the Digital Divide
- a meeting space for community organizations and revitalization efforts.
Small Business Incubator
The Oak Hill Collaborative Small Business Incubator Program accelerates the start-up and expansion of local small businesses. The program provides guidance and consulting to make sure those start-up and expanding firms have the tools necessary to succeed. Services include legal consultation, business planning, and marketing classes, while shared office space allows for low-overhead and access to relationship-building and networking opportunities.
The Oak Hill MakerSpace supports start-up businesses in the incubator that cannot afford to own and maintain expensive, but essential, equipment. Interested and motivated people can utilize the available tools and equipment provided, borrowed, and donated. Weekly Makerspace meetings and ongoing classes and events that are free and open to the public, aim to bridge the “digital divide” by encouraging local teens and adults to collaborate, innovate, and make.
Oak Hill collaborates with organizations and individuals to develop resident-led initiatives for the improvement of our neighborhoods through community organizing and development. This includes neighborhood beautification; creating a garden and small farm plots, arranging for the demolition of dilapidated structures, and other revitalization efforts. Local organizations are welcome and encouraged to utilize our community space for meetings, events, and activities.
Digital Advantage Programs
The Oak Hill is helping Bridge the Digital Divide in Youngstown. We are trying to increase broadband capacity, both coverage and download speeds, reduce cost of Internet service, provide computer skills education and provide more economical hardware and software.