Marshall University Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation (iCenter)

The Marshall University Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation (iCenter) is part of the Lewis College of Business and Brad D. Smith Schools of Business. Our mission is to inspire the inner-entrepreneur in everyone and empower them with the innovation knowledge they need to reframe the future of our state and region. We imagine a day when an entrepreneurial mindset drives inspiration, innovation, and impact across the Lewis College of Business and Brad D. Smith Schools of Business, the Marshall University campus, and our community.

About

The Marshall University Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation (iCenter) is part of the Lewis College of Business and Brad D. Smith Schools of Business. Our mission is to inspire innovation and entrepreneurship on campus and beyond using Design for Delight, Intuit’s approach to design thinking. This customer-driven process for solving complex problems is one of the common threads between all of the disruptive companies in Silicon Valley today like Intuit, Amazon, Google, Apple, and Uber. 
We offer group design thinking workshops to teach people how to do it on their own and we are also available to help facilitate design thinking projects for entrepreneurs and businesses or organizations in need of corporate innovation. We also do 1:1 coaching sessions with entrepreneurs with new ideas to help them achieve problem-solution fit. 

Services Provided

Accelerators and Incubators

  • Accelerator

Business Planning

  • Forming a Business
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research
  • Business Plan Consulting

Events and Community Building

  • Hackathon / Startup Week or Weekends
  • Pitch Events

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Angel Investment Providers
  • Grant Funding Providers

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Student Marketing Projects

Legal Services

  • Forming a Business
  • Patent, Trademark & Copyright Information

Management Issues

  • Leadership/Professional Development

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • High Tech Development

Marketing and Sales

  • Market Research
  • Student Marketing Projects
  • Website Development
  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Feasibility Studies
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Advertising/Brochure Design

Mentoring

  • One-on-One Counseling
  • Peer Mentoring

Networking and Associations

  • Small Business/General

Nonprofit and Social Enterprise

  • Entrepreneurship Services
  • Strategic Planning
  • Technical Services

Starting a Business

  • Startup Classes
  • Startup Business Counseling
  • Forming a Business
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Business Research Resources

Technical Assistance

  • Coding Schools, Bootcamps, Classes
  • Virtual Consulting and Online Services
  • Website Development

Training

  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Marketing Plan Training
  • Online Courses and Videos
  • Social Media
  • Startup Classes
Primary Contact
Paige Leonard