The Hurt Hub@Davidson

In 2014, Davidson College purchased industrial space in downtown Davidson, originally built as part of the Davidson Cotton Mill in 1920. Today, it is a beautiful 23,000 square foot, cutting-edge, LEED Gold-certified facility where campus and community collide to spark vibrant technology, innovation and entrepreneurship in the Lake Norman area.

Unlimited Potential

Business leader and venture philanthropist Jay Hurt ’88 committed $5 million to support these innovation and entrepreneurship efforts. “At first blush, this project didn’t seem like Davidson at all,” said Hurt. “But I quickly realized there is a need for students to have this opportunity, and companies can benefit from the engagement of talented students in their work. There is unlimited potential when this is done well.”

Van Deman Innovation Lab

The Van Deman Innovation Lab serves as the home for Davidson College’s innovation, entrepreneurship and emerging technology programs. Made possible with a $1 million gift from Ed Van Deman ’69, CEO of Financial Navigator, Inc., and his wife Dr. Nancie Fimbel, the Lab includes open collaboration space, student project rooms, and our Data CATS Lab.

Social Commons

Innovation thrives when serendipitous interactions are possible. Located just inside the main entrance, the Social Commons offers students, faculty, coworkers and technology entrepreneurs a place to come together, hang out, and collaborate. With plenty of comfortable seating, good music and delicious beverages, the Social Commons is a relaxed and inviting place for community to gather and conversations to spark. The space is also equipped with an integrated sound system and large-format mobile LED display which make it easily transformable for networking receptions, seated dinners and speaker events.

Coworking Community

We offer 16 private office suites, 36 open desks and 6 private phone rooms for local entrepreneurs and working professionals. Our space has capacity for more than 200 members. Amenities include high-speed wireless internet, meeting rooms equipped with ideation and display technologies, a print-copy workroom, and free coffee and beverages.


LaunchLKN, the region’s network to support startup growth, calls the Hurt Hub its home. Its offices are located within the coworking community and the organization regularly offers events and programs that educate the greater Charlotte community about emerging technologies that are impacting our world.