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The Hurt Hub@Davidson

The Hurt Hub@Davidson

The Jay Hurt Hub for innovation and entrepreneurship at Davidson College
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.
The Jay Hurt Hub for innovation and entrepreneurship at Davidson College
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.”
The Jay Hurt Hub for innovation and entrepreneurship at Davidson College
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.
The Jay Hurt Hub for innovation and entrepreneurship at Davidson College
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.
The Jay Hurt Hub for innovation and entrepreneurship at Davidson College
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.
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LaunchLKN
LaunchLKN, the region’s network to support startup growth, calls the Hurt Hub@Davidson 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.

Our Community

The Hurt Hub@Davidson is proud to be the home of two anchor companies:

Everblue and Quoin, Inc. Both companies occupy private office suites inside the building, as well as collaborate with faculty and students on projects and internships.

The Jay Hurt Hub for innovation and entrepreneurship at Davidson College
The Jay Hurt Hub for innovation and entrepreneurship at Davidson College
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.
The Jay Hurt Hub for innovation and entrepreneurship at Davidson College
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.”
The Jay Hurt Hub for innovation and entrepreneurship at Davidson College
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.

Our Team

The Jay Hurt Hub for innovation and entrepreneurship at Davidson College

Liz Brigham

Director
The Jay Hurt Hub for innovation and entrepreneurship at Davidson College

Kevin Cook

Coordinator of Student Engagement
The Jay Hurt Hub for innovation and entrepreneurship at Davidson College

Laurie Heyer

Faculty Director
The Jay Hurt Hub for innovation and entrepreneurship at Davidson College

Zee Holmes

Community Manager
The Jay Hurt Hub for innovation and entrepreneurship at Davidson College

Chris Langford

Venture Capitalist in Residence, IDEA Fund Partners
The Jay Hurt Hub for innovation and entrepreneurship at Davidson College

Erin Moreau

Operations Manager
The Jay Hurt Hub for innovation and entrepreneurship at Davidson College

Kelly Weaver

Program Coordinator, Gig-Hub

Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Davidson College