Innovation will return once again to the site
of the former Sanford, Varner & Co. Factory Building
at Third & Chillicothe Streets. Find out more about the building's history here.


We are working to encourage the creation of new business in our community.

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Shawnee State University will be a leader in regional entrepreneurism when our new Kricker Innovation Hub opens at 221 Chillicothe Street in downtown Portsmouth during Homecoming Weekend.  This is a landmark facility that will promote entrepreneurship, innovation, and creativity in the region. Please join us for our ribbon cutting on Friday, September 28, 2018, at 11 a.m.

KrickerThe Kricker Innovation Hub will be housed in existing property that the institution owns in the Portsmouth downtown main street area, immediately adjacent to campus.  This property will be renovated to showcase state-of-the-art technology including a physical delivery point for OARnet, immersive technology lab resources, and contemporary study and project rooms where students can work with faculty mentors, business leaders, and community members to conduct research, collaborate on business ventures, and develop team-building and leadership skills.

This shared campus-community facility will also serve as an outlet for (1) student research and proof of concept development, and (2) outreach programming supplied by our university resources and existing partners, including small business development workshops, mentoring and coaching, and commercialization.  The physical facility will include collaborative workspace, state-of-art video conferencing and high-speed data access, tech development maker-space, and pre-seed incubation suites.

We are pleased to have a number of distinguished individuals serving on our Innovation Hub Advisory Board.  View the list of advisory board members.


Entrepreneurial Journey Speaker Series
Features Sam Peters on September 27



You are invited to attend our next Entrepreneurial Journey Speaker Series to hear Sam Peters' story about how Patter Fam Sauces began in his kitchen. He and his wife, Joyce, also operate the Pastor's Pantry Cooking School and Simply Coffee in Wheelersburg. Find out more at patterfamsauces.com.

This program is made possible by a grant from the Shawnee State University Development Foundation.






AEP Foundation Presents Second Installment
to Kricker Innovation Hub




On March 5, 2018, the Shawnee State University Development Foundation received the second installment of a $200,000 commitment from the American Electric Power (AEP) Foundation to fund SSU's Kricker Innovation Hub project. The funds from this contribution will be dedicated to interior renovations, with an emphasis on high-tech meeting and planning rooms - providing an opportunity for collaboration and use of advanced technology.

Pictured from left to right: Julie Sloat - President & COO of AEP; Anthony DeBord - Comm. & Customer Experience Account Manager of AEP; Butch Kotcamp - SSU Director of Facilities, Planning & Construction; Rick Kurtz - SSU President

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