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February 23, 2022

TechWrxWV Program Helping to Create Meaningful, Measurable Change in WV

TechConnect West Virginia’s recently completed TechWrxWV project resulted in the creation of 125 new jobs, the retention of 114 existing jobs, the launch of 34 new businesses and attracted $10.3 million in follow-on funding for entrepreneurs and early-stage companies. “The goal of the program was to see more successful startup companies launch and early-stage companies […]

November 26, 2021

3 Steps to StartUp Venture Fair Brings Entrepreneurs, Investors Together

Event featured 20 regional, national experts offering strategies to help WV entrepreneurs grow Entrepreneurs across the state and region received expert insight, advice, and strategies for moving their business forward during the recent 3 Steps to StartUp Venture Fair. Video recordings of the event segments can be accessed by clicking here. “West Virginia is an […]

November 1, 2021

3 Steps To StartUp Venture Fair

AGENDA Tuesday, November 16, 2021 9:00-Noon 9:00am – Opening Remarks Rich Giersch, 3 Steps to StartUp &TechConnect WV 9:05am – Importance of Entrepreneurism to West Virginia’s Economy Mitch Carmichael, Secretary, WV Department of Economic Development 9:20am – Presenting Can Be Such a ‘Pitch’ Moderator: Don Morrison, BlueTree Allied Angels Scott Ewing, Appalachian Investors Alliance Mara […]

October 27, 2021

3 Steps to StartUp Highlights Nov. 16th Entrepreneur Venture Fair Program Outline

Join entrepreneurs from across West Virginia and the region in attending the virtual 3 Steps to StartUp Venture Fair, taking place from 9:00am-noon on Tuesday, November 16th. To register, click here. The event, which will feature experienced investors, assistance providers and innovators that have “been there and done that,” aims to provide West Virginia tech-focused, […]

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 […]