University of Charleston

University of Charleston

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Innovation at UC

Launch your next great idea here.

Innovation can change a life...a industry...the world.

And it happens here every day.


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 a scholarship to pursue their goals. Request Information on the Scholars Program.

We are members of the Global Innovation Management Institute – International Association of Innovation Professionals (GIMI-IAOIP), the world’s largest network of innovation professionals. GIMI-IAOIP offers our students and staff members the opportunity to become Certified Innovation Professionals.

UC students have had great success at several statewide innovation and business plan competitions, and each spring they get the chance to compete in the i3 Innovation Showcase. i3 is one of the largest collegiate innovation competitions in the state with over $17,000 in prizes awarded in 2024!

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?

  • Entrepreneurship Resources

    Fully Equipped Maker Lab

    Technology Infused Innovation Space

  • The UC Circuitry and Robotics Studio

    Rapid Prototyping and 3D Printing

    The BrickInvent Idea Lab

  • The Drone Flight and Construction Lab

    The UC Podcast Studio

    In-house Innovation & Leadership Coaching

  • The Digital Design and Publishing Studio

    Innovation Labs

    iMac Computer Lab