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WV Business Accelerator Bootcamp–April 26

- April 26, 2017
8:30 am - 2:30 pm
WVU Health Sciences Innovation Center
8 Medical Center Drive
Morgantown, WV 26506

Representatives of early-to-mature stage companies operating in the high tech, life science or advanced manufacturing industries in West Virginia are encouraged to participate in the West Virginia Business Accelerator Bootcamp, an event designed to provide real world solutions to growing businesses in the state.

The event will take place from 8:30am – 2:30pm on Wednesday, April 26 at the WVU Innovation Center on the Health Science Center campus in Morgantown. To register for the event, click here.

“Businesses operating on the frontier of discovery, innovation and invention often face similar challenges,” said Bryan Brown, executive director of the Bioscience Association of West Virginia.  “They need to know where to find and how to acquire funding, how to structure their company and boards effectively, and how to protect their intellectual property. The West Virginia Business Accelerator Bootcamp event will feature multiple experts in each of these fields to walk participants through these critical issues.”

Brown said the event is being conducted by a host of innovation-focused assistance providers, to include TechConnect West Virginia, INNOVA, West Virginia Jobs Investment Trust, WVU Innovation Center and the WVU Women’s Business Center.

“The event was designed to provide a morning overview session covering each of the primary focus areas: corporate structure, raising capital, giving an effective “pitch” for funding; and, intellectual property strategies,” Brown said. “The remainder of the event will feature breakout sessions, led by each of our segment experts, where participants can ask questions and receive real world advice and recommendations.”

The event will feature multiple presenters, to include:

  • Joseph Bunn, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
  • Matt Harbaugh, WVU Office of Transformation
  • Richard Giersch, WVU Innovation Center
  • Mike Green, WV Growth Investment Fund
  • Larry Miller, Innovation Works
  • Andreas Baltatzis, KramerAmado
  • Kevin O’Connor, Natural Capital Investment Fund
  • Michele O’Conner, WV Jobs Investment Trust

The cost to participate is $80 per person and includes lunch. For more information and to register for the event, visit  For additional information, contact Bryan Brown at (304) 546-5500.