About the Center

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About the Center

The Center for Entrepreneurship at Appalachian State University helps students, faculty, staff and alumni conceive, develop, incubate and launch new ventures. We help turn ideas into reality.

The Center was created in 2006 to support a rapidly increasing group of student entrepreneurs. In 2011, the Center was rebranded to include Transportation Insight in the name to acknowledge a $1 million gift that enabled the Center's renovation in 2018 Peacock Hall and 10 years of funding. Transportation Insight is a nationally recognized third-party logistics (3PL) company specializing in supply chain management.

Since 2011, the Center has expanded its offerings to include the FastTrack accelerator program and built upon existing programs such as the Carole Moore McLeod Entrepreneur Summit, Big Idea Pitch Contests, and the Dale Tweedy Mentoring Program.

In 2014, the Center expanded its mission to include support for faculty, staff and alumni interested in starting or growing for-profit and nonprofit businesses.

Mission

CONCEIVE.  DEVELOP.  INCUBATE.  LAUNCH.

  • Conceive ideas that solve problems worth solving.
  • Develop viable business models to implement solutions.
  • Incubate businesses by providing resources required for start-up.
  • Launch the startup as a sustainable business venture.