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WVU entrepreneurs selected to participate in National Science Foundation I-Corps training

Two West Virginia University entrepreneurs have been selected to attend the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) training program beginning May 5 in Nashville, Tenn. The researchers were chosen after completing the WVU program, which was hosted by the Evansdale Innovation Center and the WVU LaunchLab Network.

Joining more than 1,800 teams from across the country who have already gone through the program, Dr. Julie Brefczynski-Lewis, research assistant professor in the Department of Neuroscience and the Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute and Nanda Siva, an incoming medical student at WVU Medicine program at WVU Health Sciences, have been competitively selected for this intensive mentored training program to learn how to accelerate their product into the marketplace.

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WVU holds second annual Demo Day

This features day long activities focused on innovation, design, and entrepreneurship. WVU students, faculty, and staff took part in pitch competitions, expos on social issues, and fashion and design displays, to name a few. "You have everything from creative arts, ceramics, we have dance, we have engineering, we have virtual reality displays, we have hovercraft displays, we have landscape architecture. It's just everybody across campus is being represented, so we're really excited," said Carrie White, Assistant Vice President Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Expert judges determined the winners of many key events held throughout the day, including the Social Action Showcase and Challenge. 

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WVU celebrates explosion of innovation and entrepreneurship at second annual Demo Day

At West Virginia University, students, faculty and staff are charged with pursuing world-changing discoveries, innovative solutions to the most pressing challenges, academic engagement and excellence, and they are responding to the call. WVU’s second annual Demo Day (April 25) is an example in living color of the University-wide commitment to cultivating a robust and dynamic culture of innovation, entrepreneurship and design.

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WVU LaunchLab Network hosts third annual March Idea Challenge

The West Virginia University’s LaunchLab Network hosted the third annual March Idea Challenge Wednesday (March 27), lauding Statler College students James Carnes, Kyle Gillis and Alan Brockman for pitching their company, ICONIC EDU, as the winning team after four contested rounds of competition. As the eighth pitch competition of the academic year, these events are designed to hone the students’ skills to help them successfully promote their innovative ideas or products to investors, while also advancing their concept, business or invention. 

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Getting a real feel for business

Young entrepreneurs from WVU Tech and Concord University were given the chance to pitch their very own business ideas late last week at WVU Tech’s second Pitch Competition. WVU Tech’s LaunchLab hosted the event where four students from WVU Tech and three students from Concord pitched their idea to a panel of judges for the chance to win the grand prize of $2,500 to help further their business. The second place winner received $1,500 and the third place winner won $1,000. 

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Inaugural "I Heart IDEA Hub Pitch Challenge" Takes Place at WVU

The 13 teams pitched their ideas, from business innovations to new technology, in front of a group of judges.  The teams were made up of a mix of community members, as well as students and staff from WVU.  The event, sponsored by Huntington Bank, gave the winning team a $2,500 cash prize to help further develop their idea. 

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WVU IDEA Hub convenes innovative leaders and students at university-wide ‘I Heart IDEA Hub Pitch Challenge’

The West Virginia University IDEA Hub and LaunchLab Network today co-hosted the first “I Heart IDEA Hub Pitch Challenge” to provide students, faculty, staff and community members who utilize any of the IDEA Hub’s services the opportunity to showcase their innovative ideas and compete for cash prizes to further develop their innovations. Read the full article here!

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WVU Extension Service plants the seed for budding entrepreneur's innovative micro green business

Just across the Monongahela River from Morgantown sits a small greenhouse with a picturesque view of Woodburn Hall. During the winter months, you might notice its soft pinkish purple glow, but if you weren’t looking for it, you’d probably never notice the unassuming structure. The real surprise though is not that the greenhouse simply exists, but rather that it houses an innovative horticulture operation called Micro Genesis.

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WVU LaunchLab Network hosts competition on early-stage hardware startups

In a groundbreaking new partnership, the WVU LaunchLab Network partnered with AlphaLab Gear to hold a pitch competition for WVU students and alumni. The winner of the competition earned a coveted slot in the semi-final selection round for the AlphaLab Gear Hardware Cup, which boasts a $50,000 grand prize.  The Hardware Cup’s goal is “to find and highlight the most promising physical product startups in the nation,” and West Virginia University’s innovations are very promising. 

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