Turning Innovation Into Enterprise


May 30, 2018

NextGen Awarded SBIR Phase I to Design and Manufacture Micro Drones for Use as Movable Multispectral Imaging Sensors

NextGen Federal Systems (NextGen) has recently been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I contract by the US Army. Under this Research and Development (R&D) contract, NextGen will design and develop a micro drone that utilizes an imaging sensor and advanced autopilot system to support autonomous operation, intelligence collection, and information processing within […]

April 26, 2018

TechConnectWV’s NextUp West Virginia Helping to Bridge the Investor Divide

    Limited access to angel capital is a challenge for West Virginia’s entrepreneurs and early-stage companies looking to grow in the state. TechConnectWV is working hard to help bridge that “investor divide.”   Funded through support from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) and Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, TechConnectWV’s NextUp West Virginia program is […]

April 26, 2018

Powering Transportation Through A West Virginia Fuel

The growth of plug-in electric vehicles and the infrastructure to power them is playing out nationwide and in West Virginia. There are 786,000 plug-in vehicles right now in the U.S., according to Marty Weirick, president of the W.Va. Electric Auto Association, with 43 models across 15 brands. “And they’re really, really fun to drive,” he […]

March 28, 2018

ScaleUp WV Success Story: Progressive Industries

West Virginia Manufacturing Extension Partnership Helps Position Two Monongalia County Companies for the Future Progressive Industries’ history dates back to the late 1950s in Monongalia County as an underground mining equipment repair and rebuild shop. It was a great time to be in that line of work; the coal industry was booming in Monongalia County […]

March 26, 2018

Growth in Degree Programs in Cyber, Data Analytics

Last month we reported on new cybersecurity degree programs approved by the West Virginia University Board of Governors, starting this fall at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Both Marshall University and the University of Charleston have also added programs in cyber and related data analytics fields. Cybersecurity is one of the new high growth […]

March 26, 2018

ScaleUp WV Success Story: Billow Global

Marnie Rustemeyer is a former Wall Street professional, thyroid cancer survivor and breast cancer previvor.  Breast cancer is particularly close to Marnie’s heart as her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 40 and she and her mother both carry the BRCA gene mutation. In August 2013 Marnie had a preventative double […]

March 1, 2018

ScaleUp WV Success Story: Autonomous And Radio Controlled Equipment

CART Helps a Former Mine Security Worker and Team Develop Autonomous and Radio Controlled Equipment Derek Dotson was a security worker in the mining industry in Southern West Virginia. Seeing an increasing number of layoffs in the industry and even mines closing, Dotson decided to pursue a degree in Electrical Engineering Technology at Bluefield State College. […]

January 29, 2018

Rare Earth Elements: Potential New Industry for WV & PA

By: David McCready, Ph.D., EnviroCalc The rare earth elements (REE) are a series of 15 metals which are referred to as the lanthanides, lanthanum being the first element in the series.  The REEs are important because they are necessary for use in many high tech electronic products for the military, industry, and consumers.  The REEs […]

January 26, 2018

ScaleUp WV Success Story: Keen Process Technologies

After completing his doctoral studies in organic chemistry at the University of Wyoming, Brian Keen spent the next four years as a professor of organic chemistry at the University of Wisconsin and Penn State University. Dr. Keen says his time in academia was a rewarding experience. However, his interest in actively developing and improving chemical […]

December 27, 2017

TechAssist Program Offers Commercialization Assistance Throughout State

In partnership with three “centers of excellence” in the state, TechConnectWV is offering commercialization assistance to entrepreneurs, researchers and small businesses in West Virginia through its new “TechAssist” program. The project is intended to integrate, expand, and leverage regional assets to foster technology-based innovation and commercialization, support business expansion and small manufacturer growth, and encourage […]