ODU and Norfolk Open Center for Innovation
Thursday, July 21, 2016
The Old Dominion University Innovation Center was created through a partnership between ODU's Center for Enterprise Innovation (CEI) and the City of Norfolk. The center provides area entrepreneurs with collaboration space and a comprehensive program of services designed to grow a community of s entrepreneurial businesses within Norfolk's Innovation Corridor. The broad range of available services ensures the center will remain a valuable resource to startup companies throughout the Hampton Roads region.
"We are eager to use our strengths to actively engage entrepreneurs, the future job creators of our region," says ODU COO David Harnage said. "The ODU Innovation Center - Norfolk will help fuse the campus and Norfolk community, and provide a dedicated downtown location where we can offer business startup training, mentorship and space for entrepreneurs to innovate."
The ODU Innovation Center - Norfolk will also be an extension of programs offered by the University's Strome Entrepreneurial Center and the College of Continuing Education and Professional Development. It will be a place where Old Dominion students, faculty and alumni can gather to build relationships with local businesses, staff members of the city's Department of Economic Development and like-minded students and faculty from partner institutions.
Governor McAuliffee, Norfolk Mayor, Kenny Alexander and ODU President, John Broderick, dedicated the space at 501B Boush St. in downtown Norfolk on July 20, 2016.