Innovation at UC
Launch your next great idea here.
The Russell and Martha Wehrle Innovation Center offers 6500 square feet of technology-infused space with room for UC students to study, learn, explore, and discover.
Our Innovation Scholars program provides high-achieving students with professional opportunities, personal coaching, leadership opportunities, and an $80,000 scholarship ($20,000 for four years) to pursue their goals.
We are home to InnovationWV, the West Virginia chapter of the International Association of Innovation Professionals (IAOIP), connecting innovators with available resources to help get new ideas off the ground.
UC students have had great success at several statewide competitions, including the West Virginia Collegiate Business Plan Competition and the West Virginia Innovation and Business Model Competition. The WV Business Plan Competition gives students the opportunity to make their business ideas reality, and the WV Innovation and Business Model Competition focuses on helping students apply their skills and strengths to solve an issue they are passionate about.
The Innovation Center is also where DREAAM, a student-run organization, offers communication and graphic design training opportunities across various programs.
First launched in Fall 2018, the Innovation Center is also home to the University of Charleston Innovation Competition (UC*IC), which engages faculty, staff, administrators, students, and trustees in the process of institutional creativity, innovation, and effectiveness.
UC I3 (Ideas, Innovation, Invention) Day
UC I3 (Ideas, Innovation, Invention) Day gives students, faculty and staff a chance to win cash prizes for new solutions to challenges, innovative processes, research, new business concepts or start ups, artwork and more.
What does the Innovation Center Offer?
Design Thinking Curriculum
Technology-infused Innovation Space
littleBits Circuitry Studio
Rapid Prototyping and 3-D Printing
Business Model Canvas Training
Business Plan Competitions
Business Planning Software
In-House Mentoring Network
Patent Trademark and Copyright Services
Introduction to Coding
Hosting Campus Projects
iMac Design Studio