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Posts Tagged ‘StartUp West Virginia’

February 22, 2015

Grants Help Entrepreneurs Commercialize Their Ideas

Registration is underway for assistance to help entrepreneurs, small businesses and manufacturers take their ideas to market. Two efforts at the Robert C. Byrd Institute — StartUpWV and InnovateWV — offer technical assistance that includes design and development, rapid prototyping with 3-D printers and other technical assistance through RCBI. Both help individuals and entrepreneurs turn […]

February 22, 2015

StartUp WV Success Story – The Floor Cam

Father-son duo Joe and Chris Ojeda are Logan County entrepreneurs who hope to make the device they invented a household name in the construction and the DIY world. After a career in the mines as a welder and fabricator, Joe Ojeda developed a knack for coming up with solutions to building problems.  So when he […]

February 4, 2015

Innovation Adoption Program Helping National Church Solutions

Later this year, National Church Solutions (NCS), a Chester-based company, will celebrate its 100th year of operations. With the help of TechConnect West Virginia’s Innovation Adoption Program (IAP), the company is laying the foundation for its next century of growth. Working in partnership with the state’s nonprofit, R&D-capable institutions, the IAP can provide funding to […]

August 25, 2013

StartUp WV Manufacturing Spotlight – MarTek Limited

MarTek Limited, headquartered in Big Chimney, West Virginia, designs and manufactures a unique line of patented electrical safety equipment sold throughout the United States and Canada and beyond.  Marketed under the trademarked name of “Chicken Switch,” the portable, remote-controlled equipment protects individuals from hazardous electrical arc flashes during high voltage circuit breaker switching activities. Founded […]

July 12, 2013

Contests have driven innovation for centuries

Column in the Charleston Daily Mail, July 8, 2013  By Anne Barth, Executive Director, TechConnectWV Did you know that margarine was invented in response to a contest arranged by Napoleon III?  Or that Lindbergh set off on his transatlantic flight in hopes of winning the $25,000 Orteig Prize?  Contests have been used as incentives for […]

July 16, 2012

TechConnectWV Presents at EDA Regional Conference

Anne Barth, executive director of TechConnect West Virginia, participated in a panel discussion at the EDA Regional Conference in Philadelphia on July 11, 2012.  Excerpts from her presentation follow. West Virginia is well known as an energy state with vast natural resources and great scenic beauty, a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, and soon I hope […]