WVU LaunchLab Network awarded grant to boost business, entrepreneurship

The three-year grant will help expand services at the LaunchLab on the Morgantown campus and increase staffing and service capabilities at the LaunchLab at West Virginia University Institute of Technology in Beckley.

“We are absolutely thrilled and energized by the grant from the EDA,” said Mindy Walls, assistant vice president for entrepreneurship and innovation. “Every student who walks through our doors with a vision, a brilliant idea, or a business plan in hand is a potential business owner bringing revenue into West Virginia. This grant will allow us to help more of those young people bring their visions to fruition.” 

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Fall Kickoff Pitch

First place: Samantha Farley and Kristin Hanlan
Second place: Jordan Hallow
Third place: Stephen Woerner and Ephraim Pittore. 

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Nora Myers named director of WVU Tech’s LaunchLab in Beckley

Nora Myers has been named director of WVU Tech’s LaunchLab, a resource center for entrepreneurial WVU Tech students who want to start or grow new business initiatives.

Myers began her work at WVU Tech on August 21. In this role, she will provide guidance and resources to students interested in starting businesses. LaunchLab services include helping develop business plans, conducting market research, protecting intellectual property, accessing technical development expertise and recruiting partners and team members from the university community and beyond.

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Future Fungi Finds Success at Common Grounds Competition

January’s CommonGrounds winner, Nima Shahab Shahmir, was also the recipient of Tech Connects $500 pitch prize!. Nima is a WVU Tech student majoring in Computer Science, at the Beckley Campus. He is the first student participant going through the Beckley “Launch Lab” and the first winner of the prize that is sponsored by Tech Connect.

New River Gorge Regional Development Authority - Jan 13, 2017 

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Roads Scholar Event – Naples, Florida

Academic units across West Virginia University are committed to collaborating productively to support and provide resources to students who have vision for new products or businesses. In this session, attendees will hear from students in a number of majors and colleges at WVU, including Business and Economics, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Agri-business. These young people truly embody the entrepreneurial mindset and innovative spirit we want to foster in all our students, on campus and beyond. Working in teams, they’ve come up with some exciting things to share. You’ll also hear how the WVU LaunchLab, the College of B & E, the College of Creative Arts and the Reed College of Media work together to ensure the success of these teams. The panel will be facilitated by Steve Cutright of the Brickstreet Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the College of Business and Economics, and by Carrie White, the Director of the WVU LaunchLab.

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Texas MBA Pitch Competition

UT Austin's McCombs School of Business, MBA Entrepreneur Society, and Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship proudly invite you to the 4th annual PitchTexas Competition!

The best MBA student startups from across the US will compete against each other for bragging rights and cold hard cash. The top four finalist teams will have only a few minutes to pitch their startup at Startup Village and field questions from investors and entrepreneurs from the Austin community.

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