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Entrepreneurship at ODU News

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ODU’s Strome College of Business launching Opportunity Discovery Competition

Old Dominion University’s Strome College of Business, in partnership with the Strome Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, is rewarding problem solving and creative thinking among university students with its inaugural Opportunity Discovery Competition. (More)


ODU’s Hudgins Transitional Entrepreneurship Lab Seeks to Educate and Empower Underserved Communities

Launched in 2019 with a gift from Marsha Hudgins, the lab supports entrepreneurs who launch ventures to transform their lives or careers. (More)


ODU’s Virginia Institute for Spaceflight & Autonomy Envisions the Future of Unmanned Systems

The research center received two state grants to examine how air and water drones could offer solutions to transportation and staffing challenges. (More)

Will Powered Crafts


William Heine is the CEO and co-founder of Will Powered Crafts, a small business that makes handmade gifts, with a focus on wooden/acrylic pens. (More)

Blade Taylor

Blade Taylor - 3DXtremes

Blade Taylor is CEO of 3DXtremes, an end-to-end product development firm that offers in-house services such as Product Design, 3D Rendering, Physical Prototyping, and Launch + Manufacturing Strategy and an ODU Alumnus. (More)

Entrepreneurial Center

Entrepreneurial Resources on Campus

The makerspace isn’t the only place students can get their fill of hands-on learning on campus. There are many resources at Old Dominion University that promote entrepreneurship and engineering, one of which is within the new on-campus residence, Owens house. (More)

Christina Zhu


Christina Zhu is the founder of GradWYSE, an academic regalia business that began in 2015. (More)

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Interested in using Design Thinking?

using Design Thinking? Design thinking is a hands-on, user-centric approach to problem-solving. This allows participants to create solutions that address real problems as defined by the end-user, rather than the designer. (More)

Engineering Makerspace & Invention Center

Engineering Makerspace & Invention Center

Located on the 2nd floor of Monarch Hall, Room 2117, the Engineering Makerspace & Invention Center is an excellent resource for any student in the Batten College of Engineering & Technology looking to bring their entrepreneurial ideas to life. (More)


ODU Alum’s Business Named to Inc. Magazine 5000 List

TechArk Solutions, located in the Norfolk Innovation Corridor, is one of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. (More)


Strome Professor Publishes Article Mapping Out the Field of Transitional Entrepreneurship

Hudgins Lab professor Robert Pidduck’s paper in the Journal of Small Business Management is the first to formally define and map out the field in a major scholarly journal. (More)

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ODU’s OpenSeas Technology Innovation Hub Helps Launch Virginia Offshore Wind Landing

The venture, which includes the Hampton Roads Alliance and the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy, aims to position Hampton Roads as an innovation and supply chain hub for the offshore wind industry. (More)


ODU Student’s Business is Unparalleled

ODU student Anthony Whitaker, who built his own athleisure clothing company, keeps the entrepreneurial spirit alive. (More)

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Strome College of Business and Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (IIE) Receive $400,000 Grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

The award recognizes ODU's efforts to support entrepreneurship among diverse communities in transition. (More)


ODU Alum Leverages the Regeneration Superpower of a Salamander

Jamie Grooms ’84 has created a new material that is antimicrobial, antiviral, bacterial static, anesthetic, anti-inflammatory and has excelled in safety testing. (More)

Ardent Candles

Koby Lomax - Ardent Candle

A senior at ODU, Koby Lomax, is Founder and CEO of Ardent Candle, an e-commerce brand of high-fragrance candles. (More)

2019 Old Dominion Strome Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame

Four honored at Strome Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame Ceremony

Three ODU alums were inducted into the Hall, and the Entrepreneur of the Year was recognized. (More)

2019 Susan Youssef, Film Maker

Students and Faculty Find Deep Connections in Film by Arab American Filmmaker

Film and discussion panel address identity and racial struggles of Arab Americans (More)


ODU’s Constitution Day Celebration Set for Sept. 24

The theme will be freedom of speech on American university campuses. (More)

IIE Grand Opening

President Broderick Touts Economic Potential of Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new facility is held in downtown Norfolk. (More)


ODU Partners With Cox Communications and "Something in the Water" for "SPLASH! Pitch Competition"

Electrical engineering student David Gonzalez was Old Dominion's representative in the event, which was held April 26. (More)

John R. Broderick

President Broderick Earns National Honor

He is a co-recipient of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators' 2019 President's Award. (More)

Sitta Marattanachai

Entrepreneur from Thailand Explores Ways ODU Supports Social Innovation

Social entrepreneur Sitta Marattanachai visits ODU from Thailand to offer tips on how entrepreneurs can start more socially minded ventures on campus. (More)

2018 Strome Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame

Fifth Class of Strome Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame Inducted

Old Dominion University recently inducted its fifth class of business leaders in the Strome Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame on Nov. 1. (More)

Dr. Larry “Chip” Filer

Broderick Announces Formation of the Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

The Institute will consolidate the school's entrepreneurial efforts. (More)

Flooded Street

Hampton Roads Housing Prices Drop 5 Percent Following a Severe Weather Event, Says University Research

Properties in high-risk flood zones also remained on the market about five to eight days longer. (More)

Aydin Oksoy

Graduate Student Starts Textiles Company in Virginia

Aydin Oksoy, a Ph.D. candidate in the Strategic Management Program at Old Dominion University's Strome College of Business, introduces textile fabrics into the U.S. market. (More)

ODU Company Expo

ODU Company Expo Showcases Entrepreneur Startups

Nearly 30 student, faculty and staff company representatives showed off their businesses at the Strome Entrepreneurial Center on Nov. 9. (More)

Monarch Way Grand Opening

ODU Celebrates Official Opening of Student Retail Store, THE Monarch Way

University leaders, students and community members celebrated the official opening Nov. 2 of Old Dominion University’s new student retail store, THE Monarch Way.

The Monarch Way

ODU’s New Student Retail Store, THE Monarch Way, Opens Nov. 2

Old Dominion University will celebrate the opening of its new student retail store, THE Monarch Way on Thursday, Nov. 2. (More)

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