University of Charleston Innovation Center

Innovation can change a life…a community…an 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 home to InnovationWV, the West Virginia chapter of the International Association of Innovation Professionals (IAOIP), connecting innovators with available resources to help get new ideas off the ground. UC students have had great success at several statewide competitions, including the West Virginia Collegiate Business Plan Competition and the West Virginia Innovation and Business Model Competition.  The WV Business Plan Competition gives students the opportunity to make their business ideas reality, and the WV Innovation and Business Model Competition focuses on helping students apply their skills and strengths to solve an issue they are passionate about. 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.

Services Provided

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Development

Business Planning

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

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Leadership/Professional Development (Specialty)

Internship Programs and Student Services

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

Management Issues

  • Leadership/Professional Development (Specialty)

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • 3D Printing (Specialty)
  • Augmented / Virtual Reality and Holographics
  • CAD Design and Prototype
  • Quality Improvement (Supply Chain, Six Sigma) (Specialty)

Marketing and Sales

  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Student Marketing Projects (Specialty)
  • Website Development


  • Formal Mentoring Programs
  • One-on-One Counseling
  • Peer Mentoring

Networking and Associations

  • Geographically Based

Nonprofit and Social Enterprise

  • Entrepreneurship Services


  • Conference/Meeting and Event Space (Specialty)
  • Makerspace / Hackerspace (Specialty)

Starting a Business

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


  • Business Plan Training and Assistance (Specialty)
  • Startup Classes

Accelerators and Incubators

  • Incubator
  • Maker Space

Events and Community Building

  • Hackathon / Startup Week or Weekends
  • Pitch Events
Contact Information
Travis Kahle
2300 MacCorkle Ave. SE
Charleston, WV 25304