Turning Innovation Into Enterprise


July 31, 2018

TechConnect’s TechAssist Project Helps Small Businesses/Entrepreneurs Move Product To Market

TechConnect West Virginia recently completed its TechAssist West Virginia project, funded by the WV Department of Commerce and launched in cooperation with three technical assistance “Centers of Excellence” in the state:  The INNOVA Commercialization Group, the Chemical Alliance Zone (CAZ), and the Center for Applied Research and Technology (CART). Over the course of the project, […]

July 26, 2018

Entrepreneurship & Innovation Law Clinic (EILC) at WVU Offering Free Legal Assistance

The Entrepreneurship & Innovation Law Clinic (EILC) at the West Virginia University College of Law is currently accepting clients for September 2018. The EILC provides free-legal services to small businesses, individual entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and community organizations. The EILC anticipates selecting 4-6 clients for September. An example of some of the services offered include: Nonprofits & […]

July 26, 2018

Carroll Thomas of NIST MEP to Keynote 2018 Women & Tech Conference

The opening Keynote Speaker for the 2018 Women & Technology Conference will be Ms. Carroll A. Thomas, Director of the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership at the National Institute of Standards and Technology at the U.S. Department of Commerce. The event, hosted by TechConnect West Virginia and featuring inspiring speakers, value-added breakout sessions and quality networking, […]

June 27, 2018

Women & Technology Conference Comes to Charleston September 10

  TechConnectWV will host the 2018 Women & Technology Conference on Monday, September 10 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Charleston, WV. For more information, or to register, click here. The purpose of the event is to address the under-representation of women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  The conference aims to […]

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 […]