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February 25, 2020

Smooth Sailing On Rough Seas

West Virginia Engineering Firm Builds Best-In-Class Cockpit Systems For Navy, NOAA Grim. That’s how Craig Hartzell characterized the first few years after he founded Azimuth, at the time an engineering services company based in Morgantown, West Virginia. “It was a typical startup,” Hartzell said, describing the various growing pains the company experienced after its doors […]

February 9, 2020

TechConnectWV Presents Spirit of Innovation Awards to Senate President Carmichael, Delegates Capito, Nelson, Queen and Fast

TechConnect West Virginia, an organization working to grow and promote technology sector in the state, has presented Senate President Mitch Carmichael and Delegates Moore Capito, Eric Nelson, Ben Queen and Tom Fast with the 2020 Spirit of Innovation Award for their efforts to pass legislation creating the Small Business Innovation Research State Matching Grant Program. […]

January 27, 2020

WV SBIR/STTR State Matching Grant Program Underway

The West Virginia Small Business Development Center recently launched the West Virginia Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Entrepreneurship and Innovation Investment Fund. Program details and applications are available by clicking here. The new program provides grants to eligible small businesses to support the preparation of competitive SBIR/STTR proposals, and to match […]

December 26, 2019

TechConnect Hosting SBIR-STTR Bootcamps Across West Virginia in 2020

TechConnect West Virginia, in partnership with the West Virginia Small Business Development Center, is hosting a series of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)  bootcamps in the state in 2020 as part of its recently launched “Bridging the Ecosystem in Science & Technology in West Virginia” program, or “BEST in […]

December 26, 2019

West Virginia’s Tech Economy On Display At State Capitol Feb. 5th

West Virginia’s innovation economy, which employs over 48,000 people in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related fields, will be on full display at the State Capitol from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 5 during Innovation & Entrepreneurship Day. The event is hosted by the TransTech Energy Research & Business Development Program and […]

December 3, 2019

WV Coding & Cyber Summit Focuses On Advances Made, Opportunities To Come

Featuring presenters from global technology giants like Intuit and Northrop Grumman, along with cyber experts from federal, state and local agencies, the Third Annual West Virginia Coding & Cyber Summit highlighted the challenges posed by cybersecurity threats while showcasing how the state’s tech industry is capitalizing on the incredible opportunities they create to grow West […]

December 2, 2019

TechConnect Awarded $500,000 U.S. EDA Grant to Facilitate Innovation and Entrepreneurship In West Virginia

With the goal of spurring entrepreneurship and creating jobs in West Virginia, the U.S. Economic Development Administration recently awarded $500,000 in grant funding to TechConnect West Virginia for their TechWrx West Virginia program. “We are grateful to the U.S. Economic Development Administration for supporting this important program, as well as to U.S. Senator Shelley Moore […]

November 1, 2019

NextGen Awarded Air Force Research Contract for Human-Machine Shared Awareness

NextGen Federal Systems (NextGen) recently received award for an Air Force Phase I Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) contract to develop new technology to maintain accurate situation awareness between operators, flight crews, and autonomous platforms when communication links are degraded. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) play a vital role in today’s military operations. Critical to these […]

November 1, 2019

SBIR-STTR Boot Camp Slated for Nov. 12 at WVU LaunchLab

TechConnect West Virginia, in partnership with the WVU LaunchLab, will host a boot camp on the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant programs as well as present information on the newly launched WV SBIR/STTR matching grant program. This bootcamp will be held from 4-6 p.m. followed by dinner and […]

October 30, 2019

INNOVA Commercialization Group Led Partnership Awarded $1.2 Million ARC Grant To Create West Virginia’s ‘3 Steps to Start Up’ Program

INNOVA Commercialization Group, (INNOVA), an initiative of the High Technology Foundation, along with the WV Jobs Investment Trust and TechConnectWV, are proud to announce they have been awarded a $1,200,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to create the “3 Steps to Start Up” project providing enhanced entrepreneurial support for business start-ups. “As West […]