Overview

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

The Brad D. Smith Business Incubator is for ambitious startups that are built to scale quickly. Teams or individuals 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.

The Brad D. Smith Business Incubator provides dedicated office and conference room space to entrepreneurs in the Marshall University Visual Arts Center in downtown Huntington, West Virginia. A partnership with Marshall’s Brad D. Smith Schools of Business and iCenter, and the Robert C. Byrd Institute allows the incubator to deliver state of the art startup business support systems that will help early-stage businesses achieve critical milestones and grow into sustainable companies.

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:Rendering of Business School Facility

  • 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.
  • Expertise: Access to workshops and seminars led by faculty and staff from the Marshall University Brad D. Smith Schools of Business and iCenter, the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI), the WV Small Business Development Corp (WVSBDC) and other related organizations committed to our entrepreneurial ecosystem and the launching and sustainability of small businesses in our city, state and region.
  • Business Services:  Dedicated desk, storage space, mail/print/fax services, and access to conference rooms for conducting business activities.

Interior Photos of the Incubator space


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

Brad D. Smith, Executive Board Chairman of Intuit
Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of, who do the things no one can imagine.
Brad D. Smith