University of Charleston Downtown Innovation Hub

The University of Charleston Downtown Innovation Hub is home to Charleston’s only business accelerator program. This program contributes to the economic growth of our state and provides opportunities for West Virginia businesses to reach new heights.


At the UC Downtown Innovation Hub (DIH) we know you strive to be a sophisticated business owner. To do that, you need a systematic way to grow your business. The problem is that many hats make you feel like you are not keeping up, let alone getting ahead. We know you started your business with a passion for what you do. We know you want to grow your business into the vision that inspired your startup. Life is too short for that passion and vision to be drowned out by the constant struggle to stay on top of your competing responsibilities. We can relate. After working with dozens of growth companies from startups to multi-million-dollar enterprises, we have developed a systems approach that brings clarity to business management, enabling you to scale up and grow your business.

Services Provided

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Development

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Buying or Selling a Franchise
  • Purchasing or Selling an Existing Business
  • Valuation

Business Planning

  • Business Succession Planning (Specialty)
  • Diversification
  • Business Plan Consulting
  • Forming a Business
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Financial Statement and Cash Flow
  • Debt Funding Preparation
  • Equity Funding Preparation
  • Government Funding
  • Technology Grant Providers
  • Grant Funding Providers
  • Financial Modeling

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Leadership/Professional Development (Specialty)
  • Workforce Training
  • Employee Development
  • Policies and Templates
  • Workforce Incentives

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Internship Program
  • Student Placement

Management Issues

  • Human Resources
  • Leadership/Professional Development (Specialty)

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Commercialization
  • High Tech Development
  • Quality Improvement (Supply Chain, Six Sigma)
  • Technology Transfer
  • Small Batch Manufacturing

Marketing and Sales

  • Competitive Analysis
  • Demographics/Census Data
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing (Specialty)
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Market Research
  • Student Marketing Projects
  • Website Development


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

Networking and Associations

  • Geographically Based
  • Small Business/General

Nonprofit and Social Enterprise

  • Strategic Planning
  • Technical Services
  • Entrepreneurship Services


  • Conference/Meeting and Event Space
  • Coworking

Operations and Logistics

  • Quality Improvement (Supply Chain, Six Sigma)

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Home-Based Business Training
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Site Location
  • Startup Business Counseling
  • Startup Classes


  • Online Courses and Videos
  • Budget, Cash Flow and Financial Statements Training
  • Business Management Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Marketing Plan Training
  • Startup Classes
  • Social Media

Accelerators and Incubators

  • Accelerator (Specialty)
  • Co Working
Contact Information
David Ramsburg
240 Capitol Street
Suite 100
Charleston, WV 25301