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August 27, 2014

Small Business Research Funding

Guest Column by Justin Gaull, Program Manager West Virginia Small Business Development Center In-Tech Program (Innovation and Technology Commercialization) In June, the WV Development Office and WVSBDC In-Tech program were represented at the National Innovation Summit and National SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) Conference in Washington, D.C. Large companies, federal agencies, and multi-national government prime […]

August 26, 2014

2014 Women & Technology Conference Breakout Session: Learn To Lead Like Your Career Depends On It

  The 2014 Women & Technology Conference will feature a panel of outstanding regional women leaders who will share their best practices for developing leadership skills. Are you selling yourself short?  Are you pushing hard enough to move forward, lead, and grow in your position? Join the discussion on “leaning in,” the steps to finding […]

August 21, 2014

2014 Women & Technology Conference Breakout Session: Building Teams That Work To Win

The 2014 Women & Technology Conference will feature a workshop focused on “Building Teams That Work To Win” led by Dr. Julie M. Smith, Co-Founder of the Continuous Learning Group, Inc., which is today the world’s premiere consultancy for behavior-based strategy execution, with headquarters in Pittsburgh and a support facility in Morgantown. Regardless of your […]

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. ( 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 “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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