New Student Innovation Incubator The Generator Opens Its Doors October 17

Student Innovation IncubatorThe Student Innovation Incubator called The Generator, will have its Grand Opening on Saturday, October 17, at 1:00 p.m. (204 Tuscaloosa Street, off Pine Street, just a couple of blocks from campus). The Generator, assists students who desire to start a business or commercialize their innovations with resources and expertise. The Generator is open to all UNA students interested in starting or growing a business, who seek assistance in developing a working business model, establishing their company and progressing to independent operations. “The Generator will give participating students the tools to establish their own businesses while still in school,” Dean Carnes says. “by providing a total student experience beyond classroom and experiential learning. The Generator will also serve as a pipeline for the next generation of Shoals entrepreneurs by giving these students the opportunity to plant deeper roots and invest in our region’s economic development.”

Mitch Hamm, former Center Director of Alabama Technology Network and current Chairman of the Shoals Chamber of Commerce, joined the College of Business as Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship beginning September 21. “Personally, the new position at UNA as Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship is an opportunity for me to do meaningful work on something I am passionate about,” Hamm says. “Working with students and the Shoals community to help accelerate innovation will be my focus at the University. My hope is to create a culture that will drive non-traditional economic development through new business startups with students, and connecting them to resources to enhance their odds of success. In the long run, I’m so excited in doing cool things that matters not only to me but also to the students, University, and the Shoals community.”

Mr. Hamm will additionally teach one or two classes per semester, develop and help deliver programs through Continuing Education designed to aid new business start-ups, launch and run The Generator, and help the College of Business expand its efforts to become a leading platform for economic development in the region. “We are very pleased to have Mitch Hamm join our faculty in this new position,” Dean Carnes continues. “He brings invaluable experience, knowledge and community connections to the project, from which both the students and the Shoals region will greatly benefit.”

The Generator offers a space apart from the classroom, which is crucial to making entrepreneurship a more integral part of the total student experience. Students are encouraged to work together to promote the success of each other’s ventures and to demonstrate leadership by actively engaging and supporting entrepreneurial activities across campus.

Please contact Mitch Hamm to become involved in helping students with this innovative opportunity.

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