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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 […]

October 11, 2013

Have We Reached a Tipping Point for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in WV?

Column in the Charleston Gazette, October 8, 2013 By Anne Barth, Executive Director, TechConnect West Virginia In Malcolm Gladwell’s book, “The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference,” he discusses the moment when a rising idea or a trend achieves critical mass and spreads from a small group to the general population. […]

September 5, 2013

WV Department of Commerce Produces New “Business At the Speed of Life” Video

View the new video, “Business at the Speed of Life,” produced by the WV Department of Commerce and hear many CEOs of West Virginia companies tell why they’re happy to be located in West Virginia.  What firms?  Gestamp, Schonstedt Instrument Co., Bombardier, University Girls Apparel, MTV Solar, to name a few.  They talk about why […]

June 10, 2013

TechConnectWV at Clinton Global Initiative in Chicago, June 12-14, 2013

Later this week I will attend the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) in Chicago.  While there, I’ll join a working group on high-growth entrepreneurship.  Topics up for discussion include how to remove barriers to entrepreneurship for underserved populations, engaging corporate partners to help the next generation of startups, crowdfunding and the debut of equity crowdfunding, and […]

March 28, 2013

Innovation Economy Showcased at State Capitol

The recent 2013 IOF-WV Innovation and Entrepreneurship Day at the Capitol was a great success by helping to promote innovation companies, programs, and organizations and showcasing their economic importance to the state’s economy.  Organized by Industries of the Future – WV and TechConnect WV, the event was held March 11 at the West Virginia State […]

March 22, 2013

Patent Law Changes in Effect–Are You Ready?

Changes in U.S. patent law took effect March 16, 2013.  Learn how this could affect new patent filings, and more, in this posting by Robin S. Levine Stoller, Of Counsel with Steptoe and Johnson PLLC. Robin Levine Stoller focuses her practice in the areas of intellectual property preparation, prosecution and litigation, energy law, and environmental […]

March 1, 2013

Walhonde Tools, Inc.

Walhonde Tools, Inc. of South Charleston, a manufacturer of patented precision tube and pipe fitting tools with customers worldwide, has improved its productivity, safety, and quality control through assistance received at the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI) under TechConnectWV’s StartUp West Virginia Manufacturing program.  For more information about Walhonde Tools, Inc., click here. […]

January 31, 2013

Bioscience Industry as an Economic Driver

The Southern Technology Council recently hosted a webinar profiling bioscience industry employment in the South, which featured two experts in the field, Peter M. Pellerito of PMP Public Affairs Consulting and Ryan Helwig of Battelle.  Mr. Pellerito is a senior policy consultant and former interim vice president for state government relations and university outreach for […]