The Don Ryan Center for Innovation is a business incubator charged with growing Bluffton's and the surrounding regions economic base by helping innovative start-up or early stage companies. The DRCI offers two 11-week classroom acceleration cohorts annually ½ day each week called LAUNCH. The program combines components from Kauffman FastTrac, experiences as co-founders, entrepreneurs and technologists, and weekly office hours with mentors, supplemented with guest speakers. It finishes with a pitch fest to a panel of educators, investors and seasoned entrepreneurs. Graduates have the opportunity to apply to join & continue in the Incubator at The HUB. The HUB opens in June 2019 providing innovators co-working space, a place to find community, resources, and links to business mentors, technology evaluation, product development services, marketing services, intellectual property research, and when ready seed financing introduction. The HUB inspires creativity, focus, and connection where people innovate together and good things happen.