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The incubator program, including both the Brad D. Smith Student Incubator and Podcasters in Residence, immerses students as well community members in entrepreneurship and innovation. Students in the Brad D. Smith Student Incubator are able to test, adapt, and validate their business ideas in the market. Those in the Podcasters in Residence program are provided with the neccessary equipment to start their own podcasts, as well as mentorship along the way.

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Design thinking workshops are central to the iCenter's mission of inspiring the inner innovator in everyone. The iCenter teaches Intuit's version of design thinking, Design for Delight (D4D), through hands-on workshops that allow participants to learn and apply deep customer empathy, go broad to go narrow, and complete rapid experiments with customers. The iCenter has spread D4D to more than 500 individuals across the state and region through its hands-on workshops that range from one hour to multiple days.

Two high school students in the SWEEP (Simulated Workplace Entrepreneurship Education Pathway) Program building a prototype while learning design thinking.
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The Simulated Workplace Entrepreneurship Education Pathway (SWEEP) delivers an experiential entrepreneurship curriculum framework for West Virginia Career and Technical Education (CTE) students. This four-year course sequence provides theoretical and practical instruction and experience in developing and enriching entrepreneurship skills.