Robert C. Byrd Institute at Marshall University

The Robert C. Byrd Institute provides leading-edge equipment, specialized training and expertise so entrepreneurs and manufacturers can innovate, create jobs and thrive. We have multiple locations in WV and can bring our resources to your site.


The Business Services of RCBI at Marshall University are committed to supporting you and your entrepreneurial ideas. Our goal is to provide resources to help entrepreneurs create, sustain, deliver and expand their products. In addition to design assistance and technical support in developing rapid prototypes, we also help develop business models and make connections to other valuable resources available in West Virginia’s entrepreneurship ecosystem. Our services include:

  • Supporting development of a business plan or model
  • Designing and creating a functional prototype, through 3D printing or traditional manufacturing
  • Arranging small-batch manufacturing
  • Assisting with early-stage startup planning
  • Connecting you with other resource organizations

Services Provided

Accelerators and Incubators

  • Maker Space
  • Accelerator

Business Planning

  • Diversification

Events and Community Building

  • Hackathon / Startup Week or Weekends
  • Pitch Events

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Technology Grant Providers

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Youth Entrepreneurship Education

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Commercialization
  • Industrial Technology Research
  • Technology Transfer
  • Quality Improvement (Supply Chain, Six Sigma)
  • CAD Design and Prototype
  • 3D Printing

Marketing and Sales

  • Market Research

Product Development

  • R&D Support

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Obtaining Corporate Contracts
  • Obtaining Government Contracts


  • Makerspace / Hackerspace

Starting a Business

  • Startup Business Counseling

Technical Assistance

  • Commercialization
Primary Contact
Derek Scarbro
1050 4th Avenue
Huntington, WV 25701