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July 29, 2014

StartUp West Virginia Final Report

West Virginia’s innovation and entrepreneur economy is stronger thanks to efforts over the past two years by TechConnect West Virginia.  TechConnect has been advancing an integrated program designed to expand entrepreneurial and business startup efforts that have helped to create new tech-based jobs in high growth industries in West Virginia.  The StartUp West Virginia program […]

May 23, 2014

Protea Enters into Collaborative Research Agreement With Top U.S. Cancer Centers

Protea Biosciences Group, Inc. (www.proteabio.com) announced it has begun a collaborative research initiative with the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Dana-Farber) that uses Protea’s next generation LAESI direct molecular imaging technology to analyze cancer cells. The initial focus is early stage lung adenocarcinoma. The studies will utilize LAESI technology to […]

May 20, 2014

TechConnect helping WV firms achieve success

Four West Virginia firms were singled out by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin as part of National Small Business Week, and TechConnect is proud to have assisted all of them. Some have also been supported by RCBI, the WV Small Business Development Center, the INNOVA Commercialization Group, and other members of TechConnect.  Both RockyBrook Sinkers and […]

March 4, 2014

West Virginia EPSCoR 2014 Video

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission released its 2014 EPSCoR  video last week.  This short video explains how scientific research is directly impacting West Virginia’s economy. “Sustained funding for scientific research in West Virginia, supported by EPSCoR, can lead West Virginia into a new economy, fortified by innovation.”  This is what TechConnect is working […]

February 28, 2014

Mobilized and Making it Happen

Kevin DiGregorio  Executive Director Chemical Alliance Zone     (304) 437-4295  kevindig@suddenlink.net “If someone wanted to make investments in the Marcellus shale region, how would they get involved?” That was the question posed by a member of a Canadian-based private equity firm at InformEx 2014 — a chemical industry event that includes a tradeshow, conference, and networking […]

February 25, 2014

Paul Hill: Leading the way for higher ed

Commentary by Dr. Paul Hill in the Charleston Daily Mail, February 21, 2014   Today at the State Capitol, colleges and universities from across West Virginia have come together to showcase the vast opportunities for a high-quality postsecondary education right here at home. From Shepherdstown to Huntington, Morgantown to Athens, and at multiple points in […]

February 24, 2014

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February 14, 2014

House of Delegates Listening Tour on Small Business Kicks Off in Clarksburg

The House of Delegates kicked off its 10-city listening tour to advance small business and entrepreneurship across the State last evening in Clarksburg.  An overflow crowd packed the Caperton Center to talk about solutions and celebrate successes in the region. House Speaker Tim Miley was joined by fellow Delegates who serve on the newly formed […]

December 5, 2013

Brookings Report on Universities and Tech Transfer

The Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings released a report last month entitled “University Start-Ups: Critical for Improving Technology Transfer.”  Author Walter D. Valdivia examines models of tech transfer within universities and how they support the entrepreneurial efforts of faculty. The report notes that by using resources to support entrepreneurial faculty, introducing career incentives, and […]

October 23, 2013

Innovation Takes Center Stage at Spirit of Innovation Awards Banquet

Morgantown, WV – Some of West Virginia’s top innovators took center stage at the TechConnectWV Spirit of Innovation Awards Banquet last night in Morgantown. Five awards were presented, honoring advances in energy technology, educational software, vote verification technology, ophthalmic patents and a model funding program. “The Spirit of Innovation program is an opportunity to spotlight […]