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TechConnect, WV Hive Partner To Conduct Business Plan Competitions

TechConnect West Virginia and the West Virginia Hive’s Common Grounds Project are partnering to conduct five business pitch competitions across 12 southern West Virginia counties with efforts of advancing entrepreneurship and spurring job creation.

Anne Barth, executive director of TechConnect West Virginia, said TechConnect and its member organizations are excited to support the Hive’s business pitch competition series.

“The Hive is an incredible resource for entrepreneurs,” Barth said. “If you’ve got a unique small business or have a concept you would like to build into a business, I would encourage you to participate in the pitch competitions.”

TechConnect is also providing financial and in-kind support for the project, she said.

Judy Moore, director of the WV Hive, said, “TechConnect and the WV Hive share the same goal: to help entrepreneurs build and grow successful businesses in the Mountain State. The business pitch competitions are one way to help turn innovative ideas into sustainable businesses.”

The pitch competitions will begin in the fall, and information for them will be posted online at

Candidates interested in participation are to be a West Virginia startup, a press release stated, with an idea or a West Virginia business that has been in operation for two years or less.

The competitions will be held in partnership with local chambers of commerce and other business groups, and candidates selected to participate in the pitch competition will work with a Hive business adviser to hone their business plan and pitch.

Cash prizes will also be awarded to first through third place winners of each competition.