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Department of General Business

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

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Why Business?

At West Virginia University's John Chambers College of Business and Economics we're doing things differently. Take the first step today to transform your future. We will help you get to where you want to be in the business world. Join today and be a part of our story.

Do you dream up business ideas or want to learn how to turn your vision into an actual business?

Our Entrepreneurship and Innovation program provides you with the skills and knowledge you need to start new ventures, and contribute to organizations that launch new products and enter new markets. Not only will you learn how to think like a smart entrepreneur, but you will also learn how to support and manage existing organizations, including small and medium- sized enterprises, large corporations and family businesses.

West Virginia Business Support

Our Entrepreneurship and Innovation program is supported, in part, by the James Clark Coffman Foundation, the Morris L. Hayhurst Launch Lab, West Virginia University’s Encova Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship through IgniteWV (formerly known as West Virginia Collegiate Business Plan Competition), Bridging Innovation, the Experiential Learning Pavilion, the Experiential Learning Center, the Entrepreneurship Club, Vantage Ventures and the entrepreneurship education and academic programs.



Placement Rate

Of our undergraduates get placed within 6 months of graduation.

Based on class of '22 - 80% response/knowledge rate



Over 1,000 businesses have started with the support of the Encova Center

  • Students with a business idea have the opportunity to participate in at least 6 campus-wide competitions throughout the academic year
  • Get support from WVU’s Morris L. Hayhurst LaunchLab, a portal for students offering guidance and assistance through pitch competitions, grant applications, workshops and more
  • Available as a minor

Latest News

  1. Three Visionary Executives Inducted into West Virginia Business Hall of Fame 2024 Class

    The West Virginia Business Hall of Fame has chosen three accomplished leaders in adventure tourism, insurance and human resources as inductees into its 2024 class:

  2. May 2024 Graduation: A New Journey Begins

    The close of a semester brings the commencement of another class of future business leaders. 

  3. WVU Students Unlock Cybersecurity Potential in NATO-Sponsored International Competition

    In April 2024, a team of West Virginia University students participated in one of the world’s premier cybersecurity competitions, held for the first time on WVU’s campus. 


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