Whether learning or networking, Innovators can take advantage of the Center's events to obtain the resources and make the connections they need to start and and scale businesses. These interactions help Innovators become better-positioned for success.









Hybrid Events

Access to Capital Workshops
These monthly events (held every last Wednesday of the month) teach entrepreneurs how to earn investor funding, grants, and equity to scale and develop their businesses. Business owners will learn from experienced entrepreneurs and investors.

Access to capital refers to how difficult or simple it is for someone to obtain funds or resources for their business. When starting or running a business, most people want access to capital. Businesses in the United States have access to a variety of funding options. Obtaining funding for a business, on the other hand, can be difficult for anyone, let alone a member of a group that has endured discrimination and bias for decades.

The NSU Innovation Center (NSUIC) and the Small Business Development Council (SBDC) will provide you with information and requirements for acquiring funding, such as grants, debt/loans, equity/investors, and bootstrapping. Additionally, this Access to Capital program will include a non-bank SBA 504 financing program aimed at existing businesses.


Join us to learn about how to acquire funding, such as grants, debt/loans, equity/investors, and bootstrapping for your small business.

The Startup Series
The NSUIC and SBDC have partnered up to bring entrepreneurs the Startup Series for startup founders. This12-week incubator program 
will cover the main areas in business planning: money, markets, customers, and management. It begins on Monday, June 27 at 10 a.m. Each class will take place every Monday each week. Registration is ongoing.

This is a hybrid event. Participants can join via Zoom or come to the NSU Innovation Center located in downtown Norfolk to meet the NSUIC and SBDC networks and network with other entrepreneurs.

Register here.