NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- Gov. Terry McAuliffe joined Old Dominion University President John R. Broderick and Norfolk Mayor Kenny Alexander at a ceremonial ribbon-cutting and dedication for the Old Dominion University Innovation Center today.
The center was created through a partnership between ODU's Center for Enterprise Innovation and the City of Norfolk. it's purpose is to provide area entrepreneurs with collaboration space and services designed to grow a community of entrepreneurial businesses within Norfolk's Innovation Corridor, school officials say.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony, held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, included a keynote address from Gov. McAuliffe, along with remarks from ODU President John R. Broderick and International Software Sales CEO David Kern.
International Software Sales LLC is one of three companies currently receiving support services at the ODU Innovation Center. The others are DayWon, a software app intended to make Google programs more user-friendly; and Track Patch, a medical services product for Alzheimer patients and their families.
ODU President John R. Broderick and Chief Operating Officer David F. Harnage developed the Innovation Center's concept and worked with the City of Norfolk, along with several other Hampton Roads cities, to leverage expertise at the university to grow economic development across the region.
"We are eager to use our strengths to actively engage entrepreneurs, the future job creators of our region," Harnage said. "The ODU Innovation Center - Norfolk will help fuse the campus and Norfolk community, and provide a dedicated downtown location where we can offer business startup training, mentorship and space for entrepreneurs to innovate."