• Destination. Opportunity.

    The University of Charleston Innovation Center is a resource center for entrepreneurs and innovators.

    At the Wehrle Innovation Center we offer:

    • Entrepreneurship Curriculum
    • Design Thinking Curriculum
    • Fully-equipped MakerLab
    • Technology-infused Innovation Space
    • littleBits Circuitry Studio
    • Rapid Prototyping and 3-D Printing
    • Business Model Canvas Training
    • Business Plan Competitions
    • Business Planning Software
    • One-Button Studio
    • In-House Mentoring Network
    • Patent Trademark and Copyright Services
    • Introduction to Coding
    • Hosting Campus Projects
    • Student-Run Businesses
    • iMac Design Studio
    • Innovative Escape Rooms
    • Innovation Scholars Program
    • UC Shines at the 12th Annual West Virginia Collegiate Student Business Plan Competition

      Out of the 30 teams of finalists moving on in the 2017 West Virginia Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition, 21 come from the University of Charleston.

      More than 128 University of Charleston students entered their ideas in the Competition. Entries included concepts in three categories – Hospitality & Tourism, Lifestyle & Innovation, and, Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM).

      “UC’s Innovation Center is changing how students think,” said Dr. Edwin Welch, President of the University of Charleston. “It’s exciting and rewarding for UC to be West Virginia’s higher education leader in generating so many new business plans and ideas. We wish our students continuing success as the competition goes forward to the selection of the ultimate winners!”

      UC participants come from a wide range of programs, including pharmacy, MBA, undergraduate business programs as well as students from arts & sciences and health sciences. Competitors include UC innovation scholars, Welch Colleagues, athletes, and graduate students from across the university.

      “We are educating not just entrepreneurs. We are educating innovators,” stated Fonda Holehouse, UC vice president and Chief Innovation Executive. “Utilizing design thinking aids the students in problem solving; the communications skills they develop will help them perform future jobs with excellence. Our students also have the benefit of the UC faculty who have embraced innovation, embedding its principles in their core subject matter.”

      The goal of the annual West Virginia Business Plan Competition is to provide students with the education, skills, contacts and motivation to create a viable, start-up company in West Virginia. Grand prize packages are awarded to the top team in each of three categories, and includes a $10,000 cash prize, accounting, legal and virtual or physical incubator space.

      Other schools with finalists in the Competition include WVU (4 semifinalists), Glenville State (1), Shepherd University (2), Bridge Valley (1) and Concord University (1).

      The semi-finals will take place November 10, 2017 on the campus of Concord University.

      UC Statistics

      The University of Charleston has 21 of the 30 semifinals teams (70%).

      Since entries can have multiple team members, we actually have 25 students on those teams.

      • 2 freshmen, 2 sophomore, 3 juniors, 4 seniors, 8 pharmacy, 6 MBA
      • 3 innovation scholars
      • 6 present or former athletes
      • 9 programs represented in the semifinals


        • No. Semifinalists Program
          1 Sport business
          1 Business Administration
          6 MBA
          2 Nursing
          2 Biology
          5 Pharmacy
          1 Pharm/MBA
          1 Integrated Communications
          1 Political Science
          1 Health Promotions
         

      In the STEM category, UC has 8 out of 10 entries

      IIn the Hospitality & Tourism Category, UC has 5 out of 10 entries

      IIn the Lifestyle & Innovation Category, UC has 8 out of 10 entries