Innovation Hub Open

Valpo students now have a place to explore and develop their entrepreneurial ideas and projects, with the opening of THE INNOVATION HUB AT MCMILLAN HALL

The Innovation Hub is a joint venture of the College of Business and the College of Engineering and is open to every Valpo student. “We are committed to fostering an innovative and entrepreneurial culture,” said James D. Brodzinski, Ph.D., College of Business dean. “The Innovation Hub at McMillan Hall will act as a catalyst for nurturing new ideas from every college on campus by injecting an entrepreneurial vigor into both academic and life pursuits.”

The facility became a reality with the support of a late alumna and a Valpo businessman. It is located at 1806 Lincolnway, on the northern edge of campus, just west of Sturdy Road.

The late Deborah “Deb” A. Tschetter ’71 Spannraft, donated nearly $1.4 million to the University, which will be used as the initial investment to establish an endowed fund to support the programs and operation of the Innovation Hub. Deb received a bachelor of science in business administration with a major in accounting from Valpo’s College of Business and worked for the Miller Brewing Company for more than 20 years, until retiring as director of accounting in 1995.

Stewart McMillan, CEO of Task Force Tips, donated the building which formerly housed a bank. It will be named McMillan Hall, in memory of Stewart’s father and founder of Task Force Tips, Chief Clyde McMillan.

Students will gain practical experience working on business and organization projects, obtain the skills required to bring products and services to the marketplace, and acquire managerial experience. They will also participate in entrepreneurial startups, business plans, market studies, financing, and other critical areas essential to a successful business startup.

“Valpo students are arriving on campus with the expectation that they will have the opportunity to start thinking about their own business,” said Eric W. Johnson ’87, Ph.D., College of Engineering dean. “Even before the official announcement, there was a definite buzz at the College. In fact, one of our first-year engineering students presented me with a multi-page proposal of what he thought would foster and support entrepreneurial learning.”