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October 28, 2020

2020 Women & Technology Conference

  The 2020 West Virginia Women & Technology Conference was held virtually on October 19 and featured Dr. Nicole Pride, President of West Virginia State University, as the keynote speaker. In July 2020, Dr. Pride was named the 12th President of West Virginia State University, which is a public, land grant, historically Black university that […]

September 24, 2020

Dr. Nicole Pride, President of WV State University, to Keynote Virtual Women & Technology Conference October 19

Dr. Nicole Pride, the President of West Virginia State University, will offer keynote remarks at the 2020 Women & Technology Conference.  The event, which aims to address the under-representation of women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math, will be held virtually on October 19, 2020. “We’re thrilled to welcome Dr. Pride to […]

September 24, 2020

U.S. SBA Awards TechConnect West Virginia $125,000 FAST Grant

  TechConnect West Virginia, in partnership with the West Virginia Small Business Development Center, has been awarded a Federal and State Technology Partnership Program (FAST) grant by the U.S. Small Business Administration in the amount of $125,000 to help West Virginia research and development (R&D)-focused small businesses apply for and win federal Small Business Innovation […]

July 20, 2020

WV Must Pursue Job Development Holistically, Responsibly

The Morgantown Dominion Post ran an opinion column on July 10, entitled, “Pulled gas pipeline shows pathway for W.V.’s progress”. The column seemed to celebrate the cancellation of Dominion Energy’s multi-billion-dollar Atlantic Coast Pipeline while using its demise as an example of the need to grow West Virginia’s technology economy. Russ Lorince, former chair and […]

June 24, 2020

TechWrx WV Program Addressing Gaps in the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

In November 2019, the U.S. Economic Development Administration awarded $500,000 to TechConnect WV in support of its TechWrx West Virginia program. That investment, coupled with a $125,000 matching commitment, is making it possible to address gaps in the entrepreneurial ecosystem in 40 of West Virginia’s 55 counties. Specifically, TechWrx West Virginia offers a suite of […]

May 27, 2020

West Virginia Small Businesses Pivot To Hand Sanitizer And Face Masks

COVID-19’s long-term effect on small businesses in West Virginia remains to be seen. In the midst of that uncertainty, TechConnectWV’s TechWrx West Virginia program has been helping West Virginia small manufactures shift, or at least diversify, their production lines to create hand sanitizer or face masks. As consumers’ demand for hand sanitizer far exceeded supply, […]

April 24, 2020

IstoVisio, Inc. Receives $1.6 Million Federal SBIR Grant

Company accepted into prestigious UC Berkeley SkyDeck Accelerator Program   Biotech startup IstoVisio Inc., developer of scientific data visualization and annotation system “syGlass”, announced it has received a Direct-to-Phase II,  2-year, $1.6 million Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant through the National Institute of Mental Health of the National Institutes of Health BRAIN Initiative. “This […]

March 25, 2020

Upcoming SBIR-STTR Boot Camps To Be Held Online

TechConnect’s upcoming educational bootcamps on the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant programs, conducted in partnership with the West Virginia Small Business Development Center, are moving online. “Our events planned for April 21 in Huntington and May 7 in Bluefield will be conducted virtually,” said Anne Barth, executive director […]

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. […]