The Chippewa Valley Innovation Center (CVIC) was established in 1986 by Eau Claire County, the City of Eau Claire, Chippewa County, Eau Claire Area Economic Development Corporation, Chippewa Economic Development Corporation, and Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) as a regional partnership for the purpose of supporting new and emerging entrepreneurial businesses in the Eau Claire area. During their 36 year history, the CVIC has successfully proven to be a productive tool in growing our region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Their current facility, located on 3132 Louis Avenue in Eau Claire, specializes in assisting manufacturing startups.

Recently, the CVIC Board had their monthly meeting at Chippewa Valley Technical College‘s Manufacturing Education Center, adjacent to the Eau Claire Gateway Campus, where Board members were able to tour and receive an update on the Advanced Manufacturing Center’s activities. This gave the Board additional insight on modern manufacturing practices and ideas of where CVIC and CVTC can continue their entrepreneurial collaboration efforts.

CEDC’s Chair, Tom Waldusky, is in his final year of also serving as President of the CVIC Board. In 2022, with his guidance, CVIC will work to modernize and collaborate with other entrepreneurial centers such as CoLab, the WIN Technology Incubator, WiSys VentureHome, and the UW-Stout Discovery Center to help the Chippewa Valley stay ahead of the curve in helping entrepreneurs, new businesses, and inventors.