Make your dream a reality. Have you ever wanted to start your own business, but wasn’t exactly sure how to start?





Getting Started

We offer a variety of different programs and activities to help you get involved, start your own business, and improve the community of Southwest Virginia.

Our Team

Shankar Naskar

Director of Innovation

Josh Sawyers

Innovation Center Manager

McKenna Blevins

Program Coordinator


Our Story

The concept for The Nest was created by students at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. Members of the campus organization Innovators INC wanted to create a collaborative facility for students and community members to gather and create business ideas and generate innovative strategies for the better of the community. These students were passionate about encouraging entrepreneurship in the region, and felt there was an need for a facility in the town of Wise, Virginia.

What The Nest Has to Offer!

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For more information, please contact Josh Sawyers

News from The Nest

Find out the latest news from The Nest

2018 UVa-Wise ECup Concept Competition Sees Record Number of Submissions

The 2018 UVa-Wise ECup Concept Competition had a strong field this year vying for the $1,000 first place prize. University of Virginia’s College at Wise mathematics major Casey Taylor won this year’s UVa-Wise Entrepreneurship Cup Concept Competition. Each year since 2016, UVa-Wise has held the competition in the fall semester as part of an effort to […]

The Grand Opening of The Nest

Kingsport Times-News UVa-Wise opens ‘The Nest’ for fledgling entrepreneurs WISE — The University of Virginia’s College at Wise on Monday unveiled its small off-campus facility for entrepreneurial-minded students to pursue and bounce startup business venture ideas off one another, as well as faculty and area businessmen and women so inclined. Read more in the Kingsport […]