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Tech-based economic growth in West Virginia a key theme at “Innovation and Entrepreneurship Day at the Capitol” March 16

Morgantown, W.Va. – What’s on the horizon for West Virginia’s emerging tech-based economy? Join  TechConnectWV and  West Virginia University’s  TransTech Energy Research and Business Development Program to see firsthand the state’s groundbreaking innovations and companies at the 2017 “Innovation and Entrepreneurship Day at the Capitol.”

More than 40 of West Virginia’s technology innovators and entrepreneurs will showcase their latest ideas, technologies, and initiatives for growing and diversifying the state’s economy in the Capitol Rotunda in Charleston on March 16. They work in fields ranging from energy efficiency and solar energy to advanced manufacturing and robotics.

The event offers opportunities to network with legislators, key state officials, companies, manufacturers, investors, and innovators, and to exchange ideas for energizing and growing West Virginia’s tech-based economy.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Day at the Capitol

-- In it's 17th year, "Innovation and Entrepreneurship Day at the Capitol" offers entrepreneurs a place to network and meet with key state officials.

Carl Irwin, director, TransTech Energy Research and Business Development Program

“Innovation and Entrepreneurship Day at the Capitol is a great networking opportunity for all who want to help build a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem in the state,” said Carl Irwin, director of WVU’s TransTech Energy program. “Participants are strongly encouraged to share their thoughts with their delegates, senators and key state officials.”

Participants can also connect with the many West Virginia entrepreneurial services that assist community members, students and university researchers to commercialize their innovations or form startup companies. These groups are an important part of the state’s business development efforts. They provide coaching on business planning and financing, host business plan competitions and help entrepreneurs successfully navigate business opportunities.

Event registration begins at 8:15 a.m. in the second floor Rotunda. At 12:30 p.m., awards will be given to outstanding West Virginia companies, including the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Industrial Energy Efficiency, the Governor’s Award for Leadership in Advanced Green Manufacturing, and TechConnect’s Spirit of Innovation Awards for Outstanding Woman in Technology and its StartUp Innovation of the Year. The event ends at 3:30 p.m.

The public can register to attend  here. A few spaces for exhibitors are still available.

TechConnectWV is an economic development organization that works with innovative people and ideas across West Virginia to foster and promote innovation-based businesses and entrepreneurial activities throughout the state.

The TransTech Energy Research and Business Development Program at WVU highlights start-up companies and commercializable innovations coming out of universities, national labs, private companies, and even garages and basements. “TransTech” refers to transitional technologies that help to reduce carbon emissions, promote advanced manufacturing, and help build an energy efficient and sustainable economy for the future.


Companies and Organizations
Attending or Exhibiting:
Expense Assist Barboursville
Mountainview Solar Berkeley Springs
CART Bluefield
Allegheny Science & Technology Bridgeport
Dextera Corporation Centerville, VA
Natural Capital Investment Fund Charleston and Fairmont
Align Human Resources Charleston
ARIDEA Solutions Charleston
Chemical Alliance Zone Charleston
Consortium for Entrepreneurship
Energy Efficient West Virginia Charleston
MATRIC (Mid-Atlantic
Technology, Research and
Innovation Center)
Monarch Family of Hotels Charleston
TechConnect West Virginia Charleston
U.S. Small Business
University of Charleston Charleston
Watkins Designs Charleston
West Virginia Regional
Technology Park
West Virginia Small Business
Development Center
WV Robotic Technology Center Fairmont
Wheeling Nisshin Follansbee Hinton
Core10 Huntington
Robert C. Byrd Institute for
Advanced Manufacturing
Rubberlite Inc. Huntington
Strong Mountain Communities Huntington
YXO LLC Meadow Bridge
Big W Energy Morgantown
Steptoe & Johnson PLLC Morgantown
Sunbelt Network Morgantown
WVU BrickStreet Center for

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

WVU College of Law Innovation &
Entrepreneurship Clinic
WVU Manufacturing Extension
WVU National Research Center
for Coal and Energy
WVU TransTech Energy Business
Development Program
WVU Women’s Business Center Morgantown
WVU Launch Lab Morgantown
National Energy Technology


Morgantown and Pittsburgh, PA
GloGames Philippi,
Ohio-West Virginia Youth Leadership
Point Pleasant
Alpha Technologies Scott Depot
Epiphany Consulting South Charleston
Tucker County Economic


Pierpont Community and

Technical College

Appalachian Power Wheeling, Charleston, Huntington, Beckley

TransTech Energy Research and Business Development is a program of the  National Research Center for Coal and Energy at  West Virginia University.