WVU Morris L. Hayhurst LaunchLab

The WVU LaunchLab and MakerLab are applied innovation centers for all WVU students. We work with your creative ideas to make them a reality. From ideation through commercialization, the LaunchLab team helps students find the resources they need.


The WVU LaunchLab Network consists of an ideation lab, prototyping lab, mobile maker lab and video/recording lab.  The LaunchLab and MakerLab team includes professional staff and students with expertise in business advising and coaching, engineering, design, media and marketing, computer science, graphics, videography and more! We work with students from every academic discipline who have ideas for commercialization utilizing the Business Model Canvas. Ideas consist of engineered new products, product redesign, artwork, performance art, business storefronts, fashion brands, agricultural products and services, and much more.  We help with research, customer discovery, design, prototyping, manufacturing, marketing, pitching to investors, intellectual property search and registration, business registration and advisory committee formation.  The award winning LaunchLab network has been operating at West Virginia University since 2014.

Services Provided

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting
  • Forming a Business
  • Market Research

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Internship Program (Specialty)
  • Student Marketing Projects (Specialty)
  • Student Research Projects (Specialty)
  • Youth Entrepreneurship Education (Specialty)
  • Student Placement (Specialty)
  • Student Training (Specialty)
  • Business Degree Program (Specialty)

Legal Services

  • Forming a Business
  • Patent, Trademark & Copyright Information

Marketing and Sales

  • Advertising/Brochure Design
  • Market Research
  • Student Marketing Projects


  • Formal Mentoring Programs (Specialty)
  • One-on-One Counseling (Specialty)
  • Peer Mentoring (Specialty)

Networking and Associations

  • Industry Specific

Nonprofit and Social Enterprise

  • Entrepreneurship Services


  • Makerspace / Hackerspace
  • Lab Space

Product Development

  • Patent Information
  • Prototype Development (Specialty)

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources (Specialty)
  • Startup Business Counseling (Specialty)
  • Startup Classes (Specialty)

Technical Assistance

  • Design Services
  • Website Development

Accelerators and Incubators

  • Maker Space

Events and Community Building

  • Hackathon / Startup Week or Weekends (Specialty)
  • Pitch Events (Specialty)
Contact Information
Carrie White
413 Evansdale Crossing
West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV 26506