The Wise Innovation Ecosystem received the funding from the University of Virginia’s Strategic Investment Fund.
“The Strategic Investment Fund is an extraordinary opportunity for the University of Virginia community to dream big and exercise creative license to design and implement high-impact, high-value initiatives,” UVa-Wise Chancellor Donna P. Henry said. “The University of Virginia’s College at Wise is grateful for this award. This is truly a transformative opportunity which will strengthen innovation and entrepreneurship in our curriculum while reinforcing student outcomes and economic development.”
Approval was announced Friday by the Board of Visitors.
“One goal of the Wise Innovation Ecosystem is to diversify the region’s economy by boosting enrollment in the software engineering, computer science and management of information systems programs,” said Shannon Blevins, assistant vice chancellor for economic development and engagement. “Another goal is to give students the skills needed to be relevant and competitive in the emerging economy by creating a center for innovation for students to collaborate and develop entrepreneurial skills through hands-on learning experiences.”