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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 […]

September 27, 2021

TechConnect West Virginia Announces Officers, Board Members

TechConnect West Virginia, a non-profit organization working to advance innovation-based economic development and growth in West Virginia, recently announced its slate of officers and new members to the group’s Board of Directors for the 2020-2021 term. They include: Chair of the Board: Michele O’Connor, Investment Manager, West Virginia Jobs Investment Trust Vice Chair: Matt Harbaugh, […]

August 25, 2021

Morgantown Medical Device Startup Makes Final Round of Prestigious Industry Pitch Competition

Endolumik, Inc., a medical device startup company based in Morgantown at West Virginia University and a participant in the 3 Steps To StartUp Program, has made it to the final round of the 2021 SAGES (Society of American Gastrointestinal & Endoscopic Surgeons) Shark Tank, a prestigious surgical innovation pitch competition. “Endolumik has a highly innovative […]

August 25, 2021

TechConnect West Virginia Executive Director Anne Barth Set to Retire

Anne Barth, who has helped shepherd the growth and development of West Virginia’s technology economy in her role as director of TechConnect West Virginia, is set to retire this fall. Michele O’Connor, board chair of TechConnect, said, “We’ve seen so much positive change in the tech landscape in West Virginia in just the past decade […]

May 26, 2021

BioWV, TechConnect Showcase How Public Policy is Growing WV’s Technology Economy Through WV SBIR/STTR Matching Program

Entrepreneurs, lawmakers, and public policy leaders lauded the stellar first-year impact of the West Virginia SBIR/STTR State Matching Grant Program in helping grow the state’s technology economy during a virtual forum held on May 24th. The event was hosted by the Bioscience Association of West Virginia and TechConnect West Virginia. Anne Barth, executive director of […]

April 25, 2021

TechConnect West Virginia to Host Government Contracting Workshop Series in May

TechConnect West Virginia will host a series of four workshops about how to win federal government contracting in May. Small businesses and manufacturers who are interested in competing for government contracts, but have limited experience in doing so, are encouraged to attend. The series is presented as part of the AIM Higher Consortium, a regional program […]

March 25, 2021

3 Steps to StartUp Venture Fair Brings Entrepreneurs, Investors Together

Event featured 30 regional, national experts offering strategies to help WV entrepreneurs grow Video recordings of the 3 Steps to 2 StartUp Venture Fair can be viewed here Intuit Chairman of the Board and West Virginia champion Brad Smith delivered optimistic remarks about the prospects for entrepreneurship in West Virginia at the recent 3 Steps […]

February 24, 2021

3 Steps to StartUp Venture Fair Agenda Announced

More than 150 have already registered to attend the 3 Steps to StartUp Venture Fair, to be held virtually from 9:30am-noon on Tuesday, March 9 and Wednesday, March 10. To register for the event, click here. The event aims to provide West Virginia tech-focused, research-driven entrepreneurs an opportunity to learn strategies for raising funds and […]

January 25, 2021

TechConnect To Host SBIR-STTR Boot Camp February 4th

TechConnect West Virginia, in partnership with the West Virginia Small Business Development Center and the WVU Industrial Extension, will host a virtual workshop at 3pm on Thursday, February 4 to educate research-focused entrepreneurs on how to apply for, and the benefits of, the federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) […]