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The Encova Center aims to promote entrepreneurial education, community engagement and economic development within our community and state.

What We Do


We seek to educate our students, faculty and staff about successfully identifying and navigating entrepreneurial opportunities. It is our goal to build better business leaders for the global market by providing the people of West Virginia with the resources they need to succeed.

Educational Programming

The Educational Programming Division promotes an entrepreneurial mindset in the next generation of West Virginians by supporting collaborative statewide initiatives and entrepreneurship curriculum, engaging in K-12 outreach, and hosting the annual Statewide Collegiate & High School Business Plan Competitions.

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Strategic Business Consulting

The Strategic Business Consulting arm of the Encova Center provides high-level strategic planning to West Virginia businesses, non-profit organizations, and government organizations through student experiential learning projects. Various faculty and students in the MBA program and undergraduate entrepreneurship major participate in these consulting projects. 

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Browse our list of resources for help on business plan writing, finding funding, developing a solid business strategy, and starting your business in West Virginia. 


Community Business

In collaboration with the West Virginia Small Business Development Center and similar organizations, the Community Business Division serves small business through direct coaching, targeted trainings, and informing policymakers to support small business growth. 

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Entrepreneurship Curriculum

The Center provides support for the Entrepreneurship and Innovation degree program as well as the Entrepreneurial Studies minor at WVU.

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Iconic Air

Kyle Gillis, James Carnes and Alan Brockman, past winners of the Business Plan Competition and team members of Iconic EDU (now known as Iconic Air) have been extremely successful in their ventures. Iconic Air serves as a mobile emissions mapping software and hardware solution. Their hardware detects pollution and emissions in the air. The software allows their customers to visualize, analyze, and report what is typically unseen by the human eye. They have earned over $90,000 in competition winnings and were recently awarded $50,000 from the National Science Foundation I-Corpsgrant.

Encova Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

UPlace North 2161 University Avenue,
Suite 450 Morgantown,
WV 26505