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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 […]

September 26, 2019

Don’t Miss Out! Plan to Join Us at the 2019 Women & Tech Conference!

This year’s Women & Technology Conference promises a rich variety of speakers and programming that you won’t want to miss!  Speakers include The Honorable Amy S. Goodwin, Mayor of Charleston; Pam Murphy, Chief Operating Officer of Infor; and Ann L. Chester, Director of WVU’s Health Science & Technology Academy. Panels featuring West Virginia women leaders […]

August 23, 2019

Global Cloud Computing Company COO to Keynote Women & Technology Conference Oct. 21st in Charleston

Pam Murphy, Chief Operating Officer at Infor, a global leader in business cloud software, will provide keynote remarks at the 2019 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 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Charleston on […]

August 21, 2019

WV Cyber Security Working Group Meeting Recap

With over 45 representatives in attendance, the West Virginia Cyber Security Working Group convened on Wednesday, Aug. 14 at the West Virginia High Technology Foundation to share information and strategies to advance the cyber sector workforce and employment opportunities in the state. The group is comprised of representatives from a wide variety of community and […]

July 30, 2019

WVU To Offer NSF I-Corps Short Course this Fall – Entrepreneurs Welcome!

The National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (NSF I-Corps) is designed to prepare faculty, researchers, and students to extend their focus beyond the university laboratory and move valuable ideas toward commercialization. In addition, NSF I-Corps can help anyone with an innovative idea and an entrepreneurial spirit – in Morgantown and throughout the state – to identify […]

July 28, 2019

Women & Technology Conference Comes to Charleston October 21

TechConnectWV will host the 2019 Women & Technology Conference on Monday, October 21 at the newly renovated Embassy Suites Hotel in Charleston, WV. For more information, or to register, click here. The purpose of the Women & Technology Conference is to address the under-representation of women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  […]

June 19, 2019

Health Sciences & Technology Academy: A West Virginia STEM Success Story

COMMENTARY BY: ANN CHESTER The Health Sciences & Technology Academy (HSTA) is a one-of-a-kind mentoring program started in West Virginia that helps underrepresented high school students enter and succeed in STEM-based undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Since its inception in 1994, the program has grown from nine teachers serving 44 students in Kanawha and McDowell […]

April 29, 2019

TechConnect Visits NETL in Morgantown on April 17th

Several members of TechConnectWV’s Board of Directors visited the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) in Morgantown on April 17 to learn more about the lab’s energy technologies and discuss future collaborations. In addition to an overview of NETL, which has locations in West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Oregon, the group learned more about the Department of […]

April 29, 2019

What Various State “Rankings” Don’t Capture…There’s More Than Meets The Eye

In March, WalletHub–the personal finance website–issued a press release naming the most innovative and least innovative states in the country. West Virginia did not earn a high ranking as an innovative state.  As Gomer Pyle would say, “Surprise, surprise, surprise.” But let’s put their list in perspective and talk about what snapshot surveys like theirs […]