Who We Are

We help entrepreneurs start and lead sustainable businesses without the pressure of figuring it out alone.

Entrepreneurs are both full of potential and proportionally more at-risk.

These creative leaders are at-risk emotionally, relationally, and spiritually. Higher than average instances of anxiety, depression, divorce, and suicide make entrepreneurship a harrowing choice.

Conversely, the capacity to create jobs, produce wealth, establish cultures, and transform communities and industries make entrepreneurship an attractive path and a critical function of the economy. Combining this potential with faith and entrepreneurship will help you along the journey.

OCEAN exists to serve entrepreneurs at this critical intersection of their faith and their entrepreneurial journey. There is a deep belief among OCEAN’s founding partners, leadership, staff, and passionate volunteer base, that the world needs more healthy founders launching healthy businesses and creating healthy cultures, and that the path forward toward that reality is training that integrates biblical principles and marketplace acumen.

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What is a healthy entrepreneur?

Skills + Character = Success

We’re often asked if the combination of skills + character can yield business success.

$1M

average seed round raised by OCEAN Accelerator
Alumni

62

high-tech
businesses have
been launched

348

small businesses
trained through
OCEAN Programs

12

countries represented
among OCEAN
alumni

Founder skills + character, combined with strong ideas and technology, have yielded higher success rates. 90% of high-technology startups close the door within 18 months while 60% of our accelerator alumni are operating and growing.

Our Leadership

Luke Dooley
President + CEO
Christy Johnson
COO
James Mathews
Accelerator Managing Director

History

The Beginning

Established as a 501c3 in 2014, OCEAN opened its high-tech accelerator in 2015. The launch attracted national media attention given it was one of the earliest Global Accelerator Network (GAN) recognized programs that integrated faith into the content. The publicity attracted founders seeking OCEAN’s unique combination of spiritual and commercial training. Applications more than doubled the subsequent year and dramatically diversified with 33% coming from outside the US, and 40% from states beyond Ohio.

Early Years

OCEAN evolved from a singular high-tech focus to also include main street entrepreneurs in 2017. We launched Genesis: Small Business Training and also assumed ownership of the Unpolished Faith & Entrepreneurship Conference (which became the OCEAN Conference). The OCEAN Conference attracted close to 1,000 leaders from across the country for a two-day focus on the intersection of faith + entrepreneurship. The Genesis content was designed to meet the needs of early-stage entrepreneurs. Cohorts meet once a week for 9 weeks where they focus on business training, building a business on biblical wisdom, and connecting with community,

Today

In 2021-2022, OCEAN trained more entrepreneurs than at any other point in our history. To date, OCEAN has launched 62 high-tech companies and 317 small businesses through Genesis. 12 countries and 26 states are now represented among OCEAN alumni. As of June 2022, we wrapped our 8th high-tech accelerator cohort and hosted our first demo day outside of Cincinnati—in Atlanta, GA. Accelerator alumni have raised a total of $120M and 3 companies have exited. We have also resurrected and redesigned the Unpolished brand and are taking it on the road in ’22-’23 to bring discussions about entrepreneurship to 11 major cities across the US. OCEAN continues to grow its reach and impact and we are excited for the many new projects we have in the works for the rest of 2022 and beyond.

GENESIS

Sign up for Genesis, a 9-week digital program focused on training early-stage entrepreneurs. You'll build a business plan, connect with community,
& grow your faith.

EVENTS

Register for one of our upcoming events where you'll connect with others in the OCEAN community while gaining skills to help your business grow.

HI-TECH ACCELERATOR

Apply for OCEAN Accelerator, a 16-week program that helps founders build venture-backable startups through a unique curriculum, rich mentorship, & seed funding.

ORGANIZATIONS

Launch early-stage entrepreneurs from your community with proven, one-of-a-kind training programs that integrate practical skills with biblical wisdom.

GENESIS

Sign up for Genesis, a 9-week digital program focused on training early-stage entrepreneurs. You'll build a business plan, connect with community,
& grow your faith.

EVENTS

Register for one of our upcoming events where you'll connect with others in the OCEAN community while gaining skills to help your business grow.

HI-TECH ACCELERATOR

Apply for OCEAN Accelerator, a 16-week program that helps founders build venture-backable startups through a unique curriculum, rich mentorship, & seed funding.

ORGANIZATIONS

Launch early-stage entrepreneurs from your community with proven, one-of-a-kind training programs that integrate practical skills with biblical wisdom.

Interested?

Complete the form below, and we will let you know when future High-Tech Accelerator cohorts are open for applications.