What the Center Provides

The Center combines a talented and dedicated COBE faculty, an innovative and technology-rich learning environment, and a robust analytics capability into a “go-to” resource for innovation and analytics. It is a place where faculty, students, alumni, and the business community can collaborate for success.

Students learn lifelong skills and processes by which they can turn data and information into innovative ideas. They are able to focus on projects that support their innovative or analytic learning with the help of faculty and industry mentors. This collaboration creates an environment where students learn to combine innovation and analytics to create solutions using data to optimize managerial decisions.

The Center offers a variety of unique and valuable programs that assist students in obtaining and improving innovative and analytic skills – “Lunch and Learn” sessions, elevator pitch competitions, business plan competitions, analytics competitions, case studies, seminars, workshops, lectures, and experiential/active learning opportunities. Collaboration with Radford University’s Innovation Lab brings the power of ideas and technology together to create and nurture innovative ideas.

Every semester, the Center provides certifications for students in Microsoft Office products, Bloomberg, Excel, SQL, SAS (including Base SAS and Enterprise Miner), SPSS (including SPSS Statistics, Modeler, and CoreMetrics), Web/Google Analytics, Access, R, and Cognos.