The Encova Center hosts the annual Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition and supports other programming to promote entrepreneurship and innovation in higher education throughout the state. The Encova Center also provides support to the Entrepreneurship Curriculum, student experiential projects, and student organizations at WVU.
West Virginia Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition
The West Virginia Business Plan Competition affords college students around the
state the unique opportunity to make a business idea come to life with the support
of state institutions of higher education and seasoned business professionals
from around the country.
The WVU Impact Challenge is an immersive weekend experience that gives students the opportunity to work in teams to define solutions for West Virginia’s most pressing challenges. Students learn how to create profitable, scalable business models to solve important problems, and pitch their ideas to judges to compete for prize money. One credit is awarded to participants who complete necessary coursework.
The LaunchLab is a portal for students, offering guidance and assistance
with opportunities through pitch competitions, grant applications, workshops and
The Encova Center provides support for the Entrepreneurship and Innovation degree program as well as the Entrepreneurial Studies minor at WVU.Entrepreneurship Curriculum
Impact Challenge Resource Package
Working in multidisciplinary teams, students consider Appalachia's greatest challenges and crate scalable, innovative pathways to help move WV Forward. This program was designed to be implemented into any school or classroom.
Contact us for a free playbook and assistance launching.
Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO Club)
The CEO Club is a national organization to encourage college students to seek out entrepreneurial opportunities. WVU’s chapter meets regularly to explore entrepreneurial ventures, as well as host guest speakers from the business world.Find on CEO Club on WVUEngage
The Healthy Hippies exist to create an environment for students to practice living in the moment, inspire people to engage in an active lifestyle, and to help the community by coordinating local service projects.Find on Healthy Hippies on WVUEngage