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Innovation and Entrepreneurship Day at the Capitol on March 11


Industries of the Future-WV and TechConnectWV will host “Innovation & Entrepreneurship Day” on March 11, 2013 at the State Capitol.  As part of the event, a wide variety of West Virginia companies, organizations, groups, and agencies will be at the Capitol to showcase West Virginia’s economy of the future.

“We are thrilled that 35 entities have already signed up as participating organizations,” said Anne Barth, Executive Director of TechConnectWV.  Several of these entities also will have exhibit booths in the Capitol building.

“This day is intended to showcase innovation companies, agencies, entrepreneurs, and startup firms that are leaders in innovation and entrepreneurial activities.” Barth added that the event is a great way to share information with legislators and to network with colleagues about ideas and initiatives that will increase jobs, create new businesses, and spur economic development.

The list of organizations, groups, agencies and companies that have added their names as part of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Day 2013 includes:

Industries of the Future-WV

  • TechConnectWV
  • Advantage Valley
  • Affiliate Services Group
  • Appalachian Log Structures
  • Appalachian Power
  • Arnett Foster Toothman
  • Bio West Virginia
  • Center for Applied Research & Technology, Inc.
  • Center for Economic Options – Green Business, Green Jobs Accelerator
  • Chemical Alliance Zone
  • Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation
  • ComAssist
  • Concord University
  • Continental Brick Company
  • Digiso
  • Discover the Real West Virginia Foundation
  • Downstream Strategies
  • Energy Efficient West Virginia
  • Fairmont State University
  • GADDIS Consulting Group
  • Gilmer Braxton Technology Institute
  • Green Energy Products
  • Grey Oaks Consulting
  • Huntington Entrepreneur Café
  • The Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center
  • INNOVA Commercialization Group
  • Innovation Adoption Program
  • Innovation Transfer Consortium
  • I-79 Development Council
  • Keyser Middle School
  • Marshall University Research Corp.
  • MATRIC – Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research & Innovation Center
  • Mountain View Solar
  • Natural Capital Investment Fund
  • New River Community & Technical College
  • Pierpont Community & Technical College
  • Polymer Alliance Zone
  • Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI)
  • Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
  • Sunbelt
  • Sustainable Williamson
  • The Tamarack Foundation
  • Teaming To Win
  • Unlimited Future
  • U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Vision Shared
  • WV Development Office
  • WV High School Entrepreneurship Summit
  • WV Higher Education Policy Commission, Science & Research Division
  • WVHTC Foundation
  • WV Jobs Investment Trust
  • WV Manufacturing Extension Partnership
  • WV Regional Technology Park
  • WV Small Business Development Center
  • West Virginia State University
  • West Virginia University
  • WVU B&E Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • WVU College of Law Entrepreneurship Law Clinic
  • WVU National Research Center for Coal & Energy
  • WVU Division of Forestry

If your organization, group, agency, or company would like to be listed as a participating group, please contact Barth at

The day also will include a special luncheon by IOF-WV (there is a $15 per person cost to attend) at the Culture Center, featuring presentations of the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Industrial Energy Efficiency and the Governor’s Award for Leadership in Advanced Green Manufacturing.  In addition, TechConnectWV will host a forum in the House Chamber immediately following lunch.  (More details to come.)

Luncheon/Exhibitor Registration – please visit IOF-WV’s web site to register as an exhibitor or for the luncheon: (NOTE: a limited number of exhibit spaces are available in the rotunda of the Capitol Building.  The cost is $10, and registration is required.)