ODU Center for Enterprise Innovation Recognizes Two Hampton Roads Organizations with Grants

NORFOLK, Va. — Old Dominion University is taking more steps to drive innovation, economic development and millennial retention for the region by awarding two grants.

A $3,000 grant was awarded to the Hampton Roads Innovation Collaborative (HRIC) to help advance HRIC’s mission of expanding innovation, business success and regional economic competitiveness.

A $1,000 grant was awarded to Global Shapers Norfolk to help the millennial leadership group fund innovative projects to catalyze creative change in our region. 

Marty Kaszubowski, executive director of Old Dominion's Center for Enterprise Innovation (CEI) stated: “Old Dominion University is dedicated to creating a culture of innovation to diversify our economy and fuel economic growth in Hampton Roads. HRIC’s new leadership, new ideas and actionable programs are all intended to optimize area business success and job creation.  Additionally, attracting and retaining millennials to combat brain drain in our region is a challenge. We believe that Global Shapers Norfolk is a millennial organization focused on taking action through leading projects and we are proud to support their efforts.”

Dan Bell, president of HRIC stated; “We are very happy to collaborate with ODU and for their assistance in supporting our collective efforts.  We have worked together on cyber security, are launching a Women’s Forum of Coastal Virginia with ODU’s Women’s Business Center.  We are also working on a new co-branded series of technology forecasting to commercialization programs intended to start in early 2017.

In addition to ODU, the Hampton Roads Innovation Collaborative has also invested in Global Shapers Norfolk by serving as a program host for the organization. Speaking on the relationship, Dan Bell said: “We promote innovation of all forms, including social entrepreneurialism, within our region while building regional economic strength. We welcome and are honored to provide program hosting support for Global Shapers Norfolk. This group of millennial leaders is a tremendous addition to our regional fabric.”

“We are proud to have the support of Old Dominion University’s Center for Enterprise Innovation and the Hampton Roads Innovative Collaborative to help us continue to drive new projects to engage millennials. We believe in the tremendous potential of our region as a whole and that it is essential for millennial leaders to step up to help shape our future,” said Global Shapers Norfolk Curator Claire Winiarek.

The Hampton Roads Innovation Collaborative is the former Technology Council, formed in the late 1990s as a 510c6 established to support technology advancement in the region.  HRIC has historically been an early developer of business incubation programs, annual Tech Night awards to honor best in class technology business in the region and Critical Mass, a periodic gathering of tech companies to share ideas and network.  Learn more about HRIC HERE.

Global Shapers Norfolk, which was established in 2015 by millennials ages 20 to 29, is dedicated to leading projects to drive creative change in Hampton Roads. The Hub’s first project, the #WeAre757Millennials social media campaign, led to a report detailing the diverse perspectives of millennials and ways to attract and retain them in our region. The Global Shapers Community is a network of Hubs supported by the World Economic Forum (WEF); there are now Global Shapers Hubs in over 400 cities around the world, and the Norfolk hub is the first in Virginia.  Learn more about Global Shapers Norfolk HERE.

Recognizing the HRIC and Global Shapers Norfolk is one of many initiatives ODU is leading to promote entrepreneurialism. The University’s Center for Enterprise Innovation offers resources to help local businesses grow, and the new ODU Innovation Center — Norfolk acts as an incubator to expand the downtown startup community. On campus, the Strome Entrepreneurial Center guides students as they launch businesses and the Entsminger Fellows program educates faculty members about entrepreneurship. Learn more about The Center for Enterprise Innovation HERE.

Old Dominion University, located in Norfolk, Va., is Virginia's entrepreneurial-minded doctoral research university with 25,000 students, rigorous academics, an energetic residential community, and initiatives that contribute $2.1 billion annually to Virginia's economy. Old Dominion is a hub of innovative teaching and research. Under President John R. Broderick's leadership, the University has emerged as an international leader in sea level rise and flooding resiliency, bio electrics, and modeling and simulation-tying into Coastal Virginia's regional strengths and promoting job creation and retention.