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K-12 Education

The Encova Center promotes an entrepreneurial mindset in the next generation of West Virginians by supporting collaborative K-12 statewide initiatives and entrepreneurship curriculum and by hosting the annual Statewide High School Business Plan Competition.

COVID-19 Resource: Hyperloop at Home

Virgin Hyperloop One is providing families with weekly STEM activities to "bring a smile to our day and keep our children occupied for 30 minutes." 

Hyperloop at Home 

West Virginia Statewide High School Business Plan Competition

Encouraging young minds to solve West Virginia's greatest issues. The West Virginia Business Plan Competition provides high school students around the state the unique opportunity to learn how to move a business idea from conception to action with the support of the state institutions. make a business idea come to life with the support of state institutions of higher education and seasoned business professionals from around the country.

Business Plan WV  

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.

Impact Challenge Weekend

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.

Impact Challenge Weekend

Forge Ahead Pitch Competition 

Engaging West Virginia's youth to pitch ideas to improve their community by forging ahead. This pitch competition is open to students K-12 in West Virginia. 

Learn More about Forge Ahead 


Health Sciences & Technology Academy (HSTA) 

The Encova Center partners with HSTA each year to teach students about entrepreneurship, business models, and how to pitch a business idea. High school students during their annual summer camp learn important business concepts in a hands-on environment.

Learn More about HSTA  


Lemonade Day

Elementary and middle-school students learn the basics of how a business is run and   then put that knowledge into action by running a lemonade stand for a day to benefit a local charity. The Encova Center partners with the CEO Club to host Lemonade Day every spring.


WV Science Adventure School
The Science Adventure School is a 4-day, 3-night program offered at the beginning of a student's 6th grade year. Students should be prepared to step out of their comfort zone, get to know their new friends, and find the scientist that lies within.



Teen Entrepreneurship Summit at Camp Horseshoe
7th-12th graders from across West Virginia convene at beautiful Camp Horseshoe (near Blackwater Falls) to explore, challenge, collaborate, and create business ideas to solve real-world community issues. This week-long, immersive program emphasizes leadership, character, service, and philanthropy along with entrepreneurship, and includes a field trip to the thriving start-up businesses and economy of Thomas and Davis, WV. Join us for our 44th Annual Summit, Jun13-19, 2021.



StandWatch Academy

StandWatch Academy's i3 Entrepreneurship Course teaches the agility, self-reliance, and innovation skills that every high school student needs to succeed in today's world. Using a tested curriculum developed over the last four years, StandWatch Academy's i3 gives students the confidence they need to set goals, become leaders, start businesses, and do the hard things that make the world a better place. 

Learn More about StandWatch



Proud Partner of Junior Achievement 

Junior Achievement of West Virginia is a volunteer-delivered, kindergarten-12th grade program designed to foster workforce development, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire students in our community to dream big and reach their potential. 



Innovation Tours 

Students of all ages are welcome to tour WVU! Students and teachers can tour the WVU Crossings Building which includes the HIT Lab, Media Innovation Center, Maker Space and LaunchLab. Tours of Vantages Ventures are also available upon request.