What was the Believe In Order statewide program?

The Believe in Ohio program was a statewide Ohio STEM and entrepreneurship program for high school and middle school students that integrated entrepreneurship and innovation as pathways to create future jobs.  The program was developed by Entrepreneurial Engagement Ohio, in collaboration with The Ohio Academy of Science, with support from the 130th Ohio General Assembly and The Ohio Board of Regents.

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Some history about the Believe in Ohio Program

-  Believe in Ohio operated during the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 school years, and during the 2016-2017 school year until funding ran out on December 31, 2016.  

-  The Ohio General Assembly provided $5 million in funding in 2013 to launch the program.  Despite the support of 15 members of the Ohio House of Representatives and several Ohio State Senators, continued program funding was a casualty of Ohio's 2017-2018 state budget shortfalls.

Believe in Ohio was a highly successful statewide program.  During its first three years:

1)  More than 6,000 students, teachers and guests attended one of 28 STEM Commercialization & Entrepreneurship Forums held at universities and schools around Ohio.

2)  More than 300 teachers from more than 150 schools across Ohio, including more than 10,000 students, participated in STEM Commercialization and STEM Business Plan competitions at their schools.

3)  More than $1.2 million in cash awards and scholarships to Ohio colleges & universities were awarded in Believe in Ohio's State Competitions in 2015 and 2016.

4)  Altogether, during the 2015-2016 school year, approximately 11,000 high school and middle school students participated in either a STEM Plan Competition and/or a STEM Forum.

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