Incubation Technologies heats up at ODU
By Ross Reelachart
Greg Tomchick and Adam Datsko are two students at ODU who are starting their own business aiming to provide similar aid that they’ve received from the university to help other businesses. They said their goal is to pursue the spirit of entrepreneurship with their own company while giving back to the community and getting in on the ground floor of Norfolk’s growth.
With the help and mentorship of the Strome center, they dared to startup their own company. With Tomchick as the CEO and Datsko as the CFO, they created Incubation Technologies, based in Norfolk.
Tomchick drew upon his own personal experiences for the process of delivering what a client wants. As a website development company for other startups, Incubation Technologies provides the tools and knowledge necessary in order to get a new business off the ground.
Much like how Tomchick and Datsko were aided by ODU, Incubation Technologies can provide a roadmap and information for people who may not be familiar with the business and financial processes of creating a company. Creating a startup in a place like Norfolk is not just a way for them to make their own futures, but as a way to grow the community. The students said they hope to help create jobs and offer ways for others to gain experience and growth.
Like many of the other startups with origins at ODU, Incubation Technologies is a small company with only nine employees including Tomchick and Datsko. With the experience and help gained from the Strome center and their own drive to succeed, Incubation Technologies is already looking at a bright future.
Of the nine employees, six of them are overseas in New Delhi, India, and the company already has a healthy list of current and past clients. Giving more than just a “business-client” relationship, Tomchick wanted more personal interaction. He prefers face-to-face communication in order to get the proper vision the client desires.
Aside from wanting to remain local, the student duo chose to attend ODU because they wanted a college and a community that had room to grow and expand. Datsko sought out a business program and Tomchick eventually found the resources available at the Strome Center. Tomchick specifically named the Department of Management instructor, James Lant, as a source of aid and his “mentor.”
“College builds the foundation for a student’s future by meeting people,” Tomchick said.
Datsko agreed and emphasized the faculty’s ability to give one-on-one time with students, the many connections to be made and hands-on experience to be gained outside the classroom environment. Tomchick said that as high schools begin pushing business and finance, colleges should do the same.
Both students were emphatic in their support of the Strome Entrepreneurial Center and suggested other students use their services.
“Even if you don’t make a startup yourself, you can still learn a lot,” Datsko said. Tomchick added that the skills learned in the program can easily be applied to already established businesses.
Emphasizing how fast Incubation Technologies is growing and how much Tomchick and Datsko wish to give back to students and the community, Incubation is offering internships. They are looking for interns interested in website and app development, as well as sales and marketing.