The ODU Innovation Center is a hub for entrepreneurial activity. Situated conveniently in downtown Norfolk, we provide space and programming to startups and service providers within the Hampton Roads ecosystem. We seek to engage with scalable, innovation-driven startups, as well as freelancers and service providers engaged in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
The “community” aspect of the Center is our most important asset. It is the community that will enable us to ultimately achieve our vision.
We are supported by, and in partnership with, Old Dominion University and the City of Norfolk.
Martin J. “Marty” Kaszubowski has over 30 years experience with a broad spectrum of public-sector and private-sector organizations in technology assessment, strategic planning, business model design, marketing, program management, mergers and acquisitions, financial management, and starting/expanding companies.
Marty serves as Executive Director of the new Center for Enterprise Innovation at Old Dominion University (ODU). The Center offers a collection of integrated services for existing and new businesses.
Marty is also an effective, widely recognized advocate for innovation-led economic development and entrepreneurship at the local, state, and national levels and is routinely asked to speak on related topics to groups of entrepreneurs, economic development professionals, and policy-makers.
Specialties: Technology commercialization,Technology transfer, Technology policy, Space Policy, Technology Forecasting, Technology-based Economic Development, Entrepreneurship, start-up ventures, aerospace and defense, commercial space, Venture Capital, Management Consulting, Seed Capital
Christopher Shelton is the Managing Director of the ODU Innovation Center. An alum of ODU (2007, BSBA, Finance/Economics), he started his career as a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch where he spent over 5 years helping to support a $750+ million book of business. In 2010, he co-founded Cure Coffeehouse & Brasserie, a cafe located in the historic Freemason neighborhood of downtown Norfolk, in which he continues to be heavily involved.
Chris pivoted away from the suit-and-tie financial services lifestyle to pursue a less-structured yet perhaps more rewarding career in entrepreneurship. He received an Entrepreneurship MBA at the University of Louisville in 2015, a program which led him across the U.S. and Canada on “Shark Tank”-style business plan competitions, winning $42,000 in non-dilutive capital tech startup. It failed, and that's okay.
Chris returned home after B-school committed to finding his niche in the developing Hampton Roads entrepreneurial ecosystem. As Managing Director of the ODU Innovation Center, he provides startup consulting services to scalable, high-growth, innovation-driven ventures based on lean startup best practices.
In addition, our incubator clients and coworking members are an engaging bunch. Their experiences cannot be understated as a resource within our community. We encourage each and every one of our members to share their stories of success and failure with the world.