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Best In West Virginia Training Opportunities

TechConnect West Virginia and the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) are partnering on educational outreach and awareness about the federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program.

Through the “Bridging the Ecosystem in Science & Technology in West Virginia Program” (BEST in WV), TechConnectWV and the WVSBDC offer ongoing SBIR-STTR bootcamps to help “demystify” the SBIR-STTR program, encourage more applications from West Virginia entrepreneurs, and provide access to resources for SBIR-STTR proposal development.

The next SBIR-STTR bootcamp will be held from 3-5 pm on March 11. To see the bootcamp schedule or to register, click here.

Two new training opportunities are on tap for March and April.

On March 16, BEST in West Virginia will offer an SBIR-STTR Proposal Writing Workshop that builds on what has been taught in the monthly bootcamp program. In an in-depth look at preparing an SBIR-STTR proposal, this session will examine:

  • Review of the components of a specific Aims page
  • Budget preparation tactics
  • Guidance on developing a budget justification
  • Guidance for developing a Phase I Research Plan
  • Overview of agency-to-agency proposal differences

Those interested in attending the Proposal Writing Workshop should attend one of the SBIR-STTR bootcamps first. The event is free, but registration is required. For more information, and to register, click here.  This workshop will be repeated later in the year.

In April, BEST in West Virginia will present a series of intellectual property seminars in partnership with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office that launches on April 5 and culminates on World IP Day April 26. #WorldIPDay

This series will examine the basics of intellectual property and how to protect your innovations as you transition from idea to product, with overviews of patent and trademark basics. In addition, the series will feature the wide array of resources, many of which are free, available to inventors, innovators and entrepreneurs through the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

The four seminars will be held at 1 pm on April 5, April 12, April 19 and April 26.

For more information, and to register, click here.