The Brad D. Smith Student Incubator is designed for budding entrepreneurs who are seeking to launch their start-ups off the ground. The program was established in 2019 through a partnership between the Brad D. Smith Schools of Business and the Marshall University Advanced Manufacturing Center, and named for Marshall alum, benefactor and now university President, Brad D. Smith, whose successful career as a Silicon Valley executive inspired a passion for uplifting his home state of West Virginia. Students accepted into the incubator program receive best practices in entrepreneurship, mentorship from experienced StartUp mentors, and guidance and support as they test, adapt, and validate their business ideas in the market.
Liam is a junior from Barboursville, WV. He is majoring in Civil Engineering with a minor in Piano. Liam is passionate about sailing, playing the piano, and writing music. He holds a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and is a U.S. Sailing Certified Instructor. A fun fact about Liam is that he can solve a variety of different Rubik’s cubes.
Olivia is a junior from Ann Arbor, MI. She is majoring in Political Science and International Affairs. One of her achievements is being a Marshall University Yeager Scholar. A fun fact about Olivia is that she first applied to college as an Environmental Science major.
Evan is a junior from Portsmouth, OH. He is double majoring in Journalism and Psychology. Evan is the Executive Editor for The Parthenon and a Yeager Scholar. A fun fact about Evan is that he is has been writing for the newspaper since he was 16.
Aaron is a sophomore from Fayetteville, WV, majoring in Chemistry. Aaron is currently a Student Government Association Senator, and a fun fact about him is that he can play piano!
Isabel is a junior from Charles Town, WV. She is majoring in Marketing. One of her accomplishments is making the Dean’s list. Isabel is passionate about swimming, design, and volunteering. Some fun facts about Isabel are that she was named after a Steeleye Span song and her birthday is the day before Halloween.
Luke is a junior from Logan, WV. He is double majoring in Accounting and Marketing. His accomplishments include being an Eagle Scout and Yeager Scholar. He is passionate about learning and sharing knowledge with others. Some fun facts about Luke are that he can wiggle his ears and he’s beat guitar hero on expert more than once.
Josh is a senior from South Charleston, WV. He is majoring in Computer Science, and recently completed a Summer Undergraduate Research Experience. His other achievements include being a Summer Creative Discovery participant this past summer and receiving the 1st Place Maier Award for 1st Year Research. A fun fact about josh is that he loves jigsaw puzzles, 1000+ pieces especially!
Bella is a senior from Huntington, WV. She is double majoring in Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Management and Technology with minors in Engineering Sciences, Economics, and Marketing. Bella is an intern at the iCenter and a Yeager Scholar. A fun fact about Bella is that she has been a Marshall Social Media Ambassador every year of college!
Emma is a freshman from Milton, WV. She is double majoring in Political Science and Entrepreneurship. Emma is also a part of the women's soccer team here at Marshall. A fun fact about Emma is that she is 1 of 6 siblings
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Since graduating from Marshall University in 1986, Brad D. Smith has been an ally to the school and the West Virginia community at large. Following his obtainment of a Master’s Degree from Aquinas College, Brad went on to have a prominent business career, holding leadership positions at ADVO, Inc. and ADP before spending nineteen years at Intuit, Inc. where he acted as President and CEO for many years before being promoted to Executive Chairman.
Brad always knew he would one day return home to West Virginia. In 2019, he co-founded the Wing 2 Wing Foundation alongside his wife Alys as a means of uplifting the people of Appalachia. Wing 2 Wing is perhaps best known for its remote worker program, Ascend West Virginia, which offers incentives for working professionals to relocate to the Mountain State. Brad's commitment to West Virginia was further solidified when, in 2021, he was selected as Marshall University’s 38th President.
Brad has continually shown his support for Marshall over the years. Brad and Alys established a scholarship fund at MU and, in 2018, made a $25 million dollar gift to the Lewis College of Business, since renamed to reciprocate the Smiths’ generosity.
Learn more about Brad by visiting his website or by following him on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. To learn more about his philanthropic work in West Virginia, visit https://wing2wingfoundation.org/.