Turning Innovation Into Enterprise

Programs

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With funding from the U.S. Economic Development Administration and the State of West Virginia, TechConnect West Virginia launched the ScaleUp West Virginia Program in October 2015.  The program will accelerate the commercialization of new products and technologies, leading to the creation and expansion of small businesses and jobs.  It will also foster advanced manufacturing and support small manufacturers in the state by working with proven service providers to catalyze the creation and retention of jobs and improve economic opportunities.  Most importantly, it will work to develop the next generation of entrepreneurship in West Virginia.  For more information about the ScaleUp program, click here.  Programs (through September 2017) include:

 

ScaleUp West Virginia Venture

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The ScaleUp West Virginia Venture program provides commercialization services to small businesses and entrepreneurs. Services include opportunity identification, proof of concept/prototype development, management consultation assistance, and identification of early stage funding for product or technology development.  The program is a collaborative effort of TechConnect West Virginia and the INNOVA Commercialization Group, an initiative of The High Technology Foundation.

 

ScaleUp West Virginia ChemAssist

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ChemAssist, a program designed to support early stage development of new technologies and products in both green and traditional chemistry, is offered in partnership with the Chemical Alliance Zone. Technical assistance may include the following, depending upon need:  general  technology and commercialization consultation and guidance; economic analyses; intellectual property evaluation; marketing/competitor evaluation; laboratory and pilot plant assistance; proof-of-concept studies; sample production for testing; and engineering evaluations.

 

ScaleUp West Virginia Advanced Manufacturing

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The ScaleUp West Virginia Advanced Manufacturing program provides direct technical assistance to entrepreneurs and companies by allowing them to utilize the equipment and professional expertise of the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI) at Marshall University.  Services will include the array of 3D printing capabilities offered by RCBI; cutting edge technologies such as prototyping, reverse engineering and computer-controlled production; affordable work force development and training initiatives; and Quality Management Implementation services.

ScaleUp West Virginia Design for Manufacturing

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In partnership with the Center for Applied Research & Technology (CART) at Bluefield State College, TechConnect will offer the ScaleUp West Virginia Design for Manufacturing program for companies and entrepreneurs to help convert product and service ideas or research into an actual working prototype.  Services will include technology and engineering roadmaps, technology concept refinement, systems engineering and integration, and laboratory support.

ScaleUp WV Transformational Manufacturing

MEP LOGO HI RESThe ScaleUp West Virginia Transformational Manufacturing program offers assessment and follow-on strategy development to small businesses, small manufacturers and entrepreneurs. The program is a collaborative effort of TechConnect and the West Virginia Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WVMEP) at West Virginia University.  Services may include new technology and and advanced manufacturing techniques; improved business processes; market assessments; new product development; expanded utilization for existing products; product innovation; connections to shale-based industrial development; and transformational business improvement activities.

 

Innovation Transfer Consortium

 

TechConnectWV and the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing offered a new program in 2012 designed to aid startup ventures and small manufacturers in the use of high-technology manufacturing tools and processes in order to create new manufacturing jobs and to commercialize products. For entrepreneurs and start-up firms selected to participate, the program will help them find the expertise they need to turn ideas for new products or processes into reality and to get those products or devices to market.

It also will enable them to utilize RCBI’s advanced manufacturing technology center, its experienced staff, and state-of-the-art equipment. Specifically, the program’s participants will have access to RCBI’s newly-announced Design Works labs, which can assist in the concept-to-reality phase to help jumpstart an idea, turn it into a prototype and then move it forward to the production phase.

StartUp West Virginia

Launched in 2012 and concluded in 2014, the StartUp West Virginia Program was an integrated initiative designed to expand entrepreneurial and business startup efforts that helped to create new tech-based jobs in high growth industries in West Virginia.  The program received funding from the U.S. Economic Development Administration and the State of West Virginia.  To read the final report on StartUp West Virginia, click here:  TCWV_FullReport

StartUp West Virginia Manufacturing

TechConnectWV and the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing offered a new program in 2012 designed to aid startup ventures and small manufacturers in the use of high-technology manufacturing tools and processes in order to create new manufacturing jobs and to commercialize products. For entrepreneurs and start-up firms selected to participate, the program will help them find the expertise they need to turn ideas for new products or processes into reality and to get those products or devices to market.

 It also will enable them to utilize RCBI’s advanced manufacturing technology center, its experienced staff, and state-of-the-art equipment. Specifically, the program’s participants will have access to RCBI’s newly-announced Design Works labs, which can assist in the concept-to-reality phase to help jumpstart an idea, turn it into a prototype and then move it forward to the production phase.

StartUp West Virginia Venture

The StartUp West Virginia Venture program will provide commercialization services to six selected small businesses and entrepreneurs. The services will concentrate on Consultation and Professional Assistance. This initiative will provide those selected entrepreneurs or small businesses with a range of start-up services including consultation, entrepreneurial training, mentoring, research and product development, subject matter experts and collaborators, legal, financial and accounting assistance, and marketing assistance, as are necessary and available. The initial stage will comprise a Review, Assessment, and Opportunity Identification leading to a solid business plan and commercialization strategy.  Activities will primarily assess commercial merits of the intellectual property (IP), product, process or technology and identify the best pathways to move the technology from the lab or business into the marketplace or from a conceptual stage to a viable market opportunity.

Applicants should be developing a unique product, process or technology, and priority will be given to those who fall within TechConnectWV’s four defined target innovation sectors: biometrics, chemicals, biosciences and advanced energy.

The program is a collaborative effort of TechConnect West Virginia and The INNOVA Commercialization Group, an initiative of The West Virginia High Technology Consortium Foundation.

Innovation Transfer Consortium

Thanks to funding from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and support from the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, TechConnectWV is spearheading an Innovation Transfer Consortium to serve the state’s smaller colleges and universities.  The program will potentially involve the state’s 18 smaller colleges and universities, both public and private. TCWV and the consortium will work to connect researchers at these institutions of higher education with private-sector partners to assist them in research collaborations and the commercialization of new products, services, and technologies.  The consortium will address intellectual property protection issues and tech transfer operations, while also enhancing the classroom experience for students.

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Innovation Adoption Program

In a regional collaboration, TechConnectWV has partnered with Innovation Works (IW) of Pittsburgh to launch a pilot project of IW’s Innovation Adoption Program (IAP) in West Virginia.

The objective of the Innovation Adoption Program (IAP) is to help manufacturers located in West Virginia develop cutting-edge technologies that will accelerate their business development and growth, and enable them to gain a competitive advantage in local and global markets.

The IAP is a project-based initiative that will provide a source of funding (up to $25,000, matched by the company’s own funds) necessary to address the technology and/or new product development needs of existing manufacturers by connecting them with the prototyping, design, testing, and analytical capabilities of the State’s higher education institutions and non-profit Centers of Excellence. The desired outcome of this initiative is to make manufacturers in West Virginia more technologically innovative, productive, and profitable through the creative use of the State’s non-profit and university technology commercialization resources.

Further information about the IAP can be found by clicking the following links: