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December 30, 2022

TechConnect’s TechWrx Program Helping WV Entrepreneurs “Grow”

Giving new life to former coal surface-mine sites is a goal for many communities in West Virginia. Jocelyn Sheppard and her company are making it happen. Jocelyn is founder and CEO of Appalachian Botanical Company. She and her company are growing lavender on a 50-acre site in Boone County that once was a coal “strip […]

November 30, 2022

TechConnect Continues To Produce Measurable Results For West Virginia

While TCWV has been involved in a number of key initiatives and activities over the years, the organization’s most significant impact has been its work to assist entrepreneurs and small businesses to create and maintain jobs, start new companies, and boost innovation across the state. Through these efforts, TechConnect has created more than 230 new […]

August 24, 2022

3 Steps to StartUp to Host Sept. 20 “Coaching Success – Technical Assistance for WV Entrepreneurs” Webinar

West Virginia entrepreneurs – whether someone with a unique idea in the concept phase or a mature business in full operation – can benefit from consulting with technical assistance experts in the fields of business planning/coaching, legal, accounting, and marketing. To showcase the resources available in West Virginia to help entrepreneurs “Plan It, Price It, […]

April 1, 2022

Explaining the “Capital Stack” and Available Funding Alternatives Focus of 3 Steps to StartUp Mar. 23 Webinar

Whether a Mainstreet business, manufacturing firm or research-based entity, companies need funding to further their goals. Where to turn for that funding depends on the specific funding need as well as where your firm stands in its business lifecycle. The bottom line? In most cases, for those businesses with a solid, viable plan, funding options […]

February 23, 2022

TechWrxWV Program Helping to Create Meaningful, Measurable Change in WV

TechConnect West Virginia’s recently completed TechWrxWV project resulted in the creation of 125 new jobs, the retention of 114 existing jobs, the launch of 34 new businesses and attracted $10.3 million in follow-on funding for entrepreneurs and early-stage companies. “The goal of the program was to see more successful startup companies launch and early-stage companies […]

November 26, 2021

3 Steps to StartUp Venture Fair Brings Entrepreneurs, Investors Together

Event featured 20 regional, national experts offering strategies to help WV entrepreneurs grow Entrepreneurs across the state and region received expert insight, advice, and strategies for moving their business forward during the recent 3 Steps to StartUp Venture Fair. Video recordings of the event segments can be accessed by clicking here. “West Virginia is an […]

November 1, 2021

3 Steps To StartUp Venture Fair

AGENDA Tuesday, November 16, 2021 9:00-Noon 9:00am – Opening Remarks Rich Giersch, 3 Steps to StartUp &TechConnect WV 9:05am – Importance of Entrepreneurism to West Virginia’s Economy Mitch Carmichael, Secretary, WV Department of Economic Development 9:20am – Presenting Can Be Such a ‘Pitch’ Moderator: Don Morrison, BlueTree Allied Angels Scott Ewing, Appalachian Investors Alliance Mara […]

October 27, 2021

3 Steps to StartUp Highlights Nov. 16th Entrepreneur Venture Fair Program Outline

Join entrepreneurs from across West Virginia and the region in attending the virtual 3 Steps to StartUp Venture Fair, taking place from 9:00am-noon on Tuesday, November 16th. To register, click here. The event, which will feature experienced investors, assistance providers and innovators that have “been there and done that,” aims to provide West Virginia tech-focused, […]

October 1, 2021

TechConnect West Virginia Appoints Richard Giersch Executive Director

Seasoned executive and entrepreneur educator Richard “Rich” Giersch has been appointed executive director of TechConnect West Virginia. “On behalf of the board of directors of TechConnect West Virginia, I am very pleased to announce that Rich Giersch, a nationally recognized leader in the field of technology-focused entrepreneurship, has been chosen to lead TechConnect WV,” said […]

September 28, 2021

3 Steps to StartUp Venture Fair Set for November 16th

Entrepreneurs across West Virginia and the region are encouraged to attend the virtual 3 Steps to StartUp Venture Fair, taking place from 9:00am-noon on Tuesday, November 16. This event builds on the content and lessons communicated during the 3 Steps to StartUp Venture Fair held earlier this year (March 2021). To register, click here! The […]