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Turning Innovation Into Enterprise


3 Steps To StartUp Venture Fair


Tuesday, November 16, 2021


9:00am – Opening Remarks

  • Rich Giersch, 3 Steps to StartUp &TechConnect WV

9:05am – Importance of Entrepreneurism to West Virginia’s Economy

  • Mitch Carmichael, Secretary, WV Department of Economic Development

9:20am – Presenting Can Be Such a ‘Pitch’

  • Moderator: Don Morrison, BlueTree Allied Angels
  • Scott Ewing, Appalachian Investors Alliance
  • Mara McFadden, Endolumik

9:45am – Watch & Learn: Pitches from WV StartUps

  • Moderator: Bob Wentz, PointSquared Ventures
  • Feedback: Mike Green, Mountain State Capital
  • Feedback: Rich Giersch, 3 Steps to StartUp & TechConnect WV
  • Presenter: August Chico, Parthian Battery Solutions
  • Presenter: Anthony Abston, Legend Sneakerz
  • Presenter: Anthony Garber, Easy Leash

10:35am – Role of the Investor Post-Investment

  • Moderator: Larry Miller, Founder, L.H. Miller Jr. Consulting
  • Kevin Combs, Country Roads Angel Network
  • Matt Harbaugh, Mountain State Capital
  • Michele O’Connor, WV Jobs Investment Trust
  • Don Morrison, BlueTree Allied Angels

11:10am – Perspectives From the Starting Gate 

  • Moderator: Kyle Gillis, Iconic Air
  • Ryan Snyder, Mountain Country Farms
  • Zack Swartz, Joe to Go
  • Luke Yingling, Analytica Legalis
  • Anna Cummings, Earring Backtrack

11:45am – Closing Remarks

  • Rich Giersch, 3 Steps to StartUp and TechConnect WV