The Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) inspires and empowers students to turn their passion, purpose, and ideas into action.

Our Core Values

Authentic – We are genuine to our brand, mission, and values. We prioritize the truth over popular opinion and people over profits.

Community – We believe this is a team effort. We always look out for one another. We have empathy and know we cannot do any of this alone.

Inspired – We do what we love and are connected to something greater than ourselves.

Entrepreneurial – We are creators, leaders, and self-starters. We try new things, we challenge convention, and we are not afraid to fail.

Our History

The Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is named in recognition of a joint commitment of $5 million by four Virginia Tech alumni, Brian Callaghan, Ted Hanson, Edwin “Win” Sheridan, and Jeffrey Veatch.

Our namesake, Apex Systems, is the information technology staffing and services company that Callaghan, Sheridan, and Veatch founded in 1995, which Hanson joined as chief financial officer in 1998.

Apex, which was acquired by On Assignment in 2012, has trailing 12-month revenue of more than $1 billion. In 2013, it placed more than 20,000 professionals while serving more than 1,200 clients across a variety of industries.

“From their personal experience, these four donors have shown how you can be successful entrepreneurs, and I’m delighted they want to share what they’ve learned, inspire others, and be models for current students. This gift is going to ensure that our center is a long-term success and has the resources to transform the role the business school can play in the university’s innovation ecosystem.” -Pamplin College of Business Dean Robert Sumichrast