Overview

Interested in starting a business in West Virginia or the Tri-State region?

The Brad D. Smith Business Incubator is expected to open to tenants in August 2019 and will provide dedicated space to entrepreneurs in Marshall University’s Visual Arts Center in downtown Huntington, West Virginia. A partnership between Marshall’s Brad D. Smith Schools of Business and Robert C. Byrd Institute, the incubator will offer mentorship and support to early-stage startups, helping them start their business, achieve critical milestones and grow into sustainable companies.

The Brad D. Smith Business Incubator is for ambitious startups that are built to scale quickly. Teams committed and equipped with the skills necessary to solve an important problem for a large number of users are encouraged to apply. For teams that have a prototype built, a team in place, and are up and running, our incubator is a great option.

Startups accepted into the Brad D. Smith Business Incubator will get to work with and learn from other committed entrepreneurs and will receive the following benefits:

  • Community:  Opportunities to network and learn from other incubator companies, and to be active in the Marshall University and Huntington communities;
  • Ecosystem:  Access to the university innovation ecosystems and interns from Marshall University;
  • Mentoring:  Individual sessions with experienced startup CEOs and executives-in-residence, focused on business plans, product development, goal setting and accountability;
  • Introductions:  Customized introductions to experts in their field through the university’s extensive networks; and
  • Business Services:  Dedicated desk, storage space, mail/print/fax services, and access to conference rooms for conducting business activities.

Incubator design renderings


Photographs from the incubator kick-off celebration – April 16, 2019


Marshall University’s Brad D. Smith Business Incubator is named for a Marshall alumnus and benefactor who serves as executive board chairman of Intuit and chairman of Nordstrom. Read more