Who's it for?
Inventors and entrepreneurs in Western North Carolina.
What problem does it solve?
It can be challenging to find the right tools and resources to help you move from concept to production.
How does it help?
We have worked with individuals and small businesses to turn designs into tangible products and to outline effective plans for mass production.
We often use commercial-grade 3D printing equipment when working with entrepreneurs. The Rapid Center's capabilities in both metal and plastic 3D imaging and printing helps us shorten the typical prototyping timeline and move products to production sooner, allowing entrepreneurs to get their business off the ground. In addition, The Rapid Center frequently parters with WCU's Corporation for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI), housed in Western Carolina's College of Business, to provide comprehensive assistance to start-ups. Working with both students and faculty, the CEI provides business and marketing planning, application design, and support identifying and securing capital. Our comprehensive support of entrepreneurs aligns with the university's mission to bolster regional economic development.