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
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.
-- In it's 17th year, "Innovation and Entrepreneurship Day at the Capitol" offers
entrepreneurs a place to network and meet with key state officials.
“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:
|Mountainview Solar||Berkeley Springs|
|Allegheny Science & Technology||Bridgeport|
|Dextera Corporation||Centerville, VA|
|Natural Capital Investment Fund||Charleston and Fairmont|
|Align Human Resources||Charleston|
|Chemical Alliance Zone||Charleston|
|Consortium for Entrepreneurship
|Energy Efficient West Virginia||Charleston|
Technology, Research and
|Monarch Family of Hotels||Charleston|
|TechConnect West Virginia||Charleston|
|U.S. Small Business
|University of Charleston||Charleston|
|West Virginia Regional
|West Virginia Small Business
|WV Robotic Technology Center||Fairmont|
|Robert C. Byrd Institute for
|Strong Mountain Communities||Huntington|
|YXO LLC||Meadow Bridge|
|Big W Energy||Morgantown|
|Steptoe & Johnson PLLC||Morgantown|
|WVU BrickStreet Center for
Innovation & Entrepreneurship
|WVU College of Law Innovation &
|WVU Manufacturing Extension
|WVU National Research Center
for Coal and Energy
|WVU TransTech Energy Business
|WVU Women’s Business Center||Morgantown|
|WVU Launch Lab||Morgantown|
|National Energy Technology
|Morgantown and Pittsburgh, PA|
|Ohio-West Virginia Youth Leadership
|Alpha Technologies||Scott Depot|
|Epiphany Consulting||South Charleston|
|Tucker County Economic
|Pierpont Community and
|Appalachian Power||Wheeling, Charleston, Huntington, Beckley|