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Silicon Valley entrepreneur launches startup engine at WVU

November 9, 2018

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A Silicon Valley entrepreneur is helping launch a business startup engine at West Virginia University’s College of Business and Economics.

The business college will be renamed the John Chambers College of Business and Economics.

Chambers, a West Virginia native, says schools need to be reinvented for “a new, digital era.” He is the former CEO and chairman of Cisco Systems.

Chambers’ financial donation was not disclosed in a release from the university.

Chambers’ gift will include financial support to establish and operate the startup engine, create a philanthropic venture capital fund and create a Center for Artificial Intelligence Management to explore that field’s opportunities and challenges.

Business school dean Javier Reyes will lead the initiative as vice president for the new initiative, Start-up West Virginia.

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