The University of Charleston (UC) will be creating the UC Downtown Innovation Hub (DIH) to help small businesses in the Kanawha Valley scale up and grow. The UC DIH co-locates a business coworking space, business accelerator, coaching, advising, employee training, and community event space at the corner of Capitol and Lee Streets in the heart of downtown Charleston, West Virginia’s capitol city. The services provided will assist small businesses in creating economic opportunities, create and retain jobs, and generate private investment.
The UC DIH fills a need for the entrepreneurial and innovation community. The business coworking space focuses on offering resources such as high-speed internet and conference meeting space to entrepreneurs and innovators who would otherwise not have those assets available. Remote workers will find the Hub to be a valuable information and networking resource. The business accelerator will concentrate on delivering programming and expertise to businesses with a proven business model who are ready to scale. The DIH will use a train, consult, and coaching model.