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WVU student taps University resources to build beekeeping business into success

By most estimates, bees are slowly disappearing. That’s an important fact since they pollinate roughly a third of all the food we eat, and over 80 percent of crops grown for human consumption need bees and other insects to pollinate them to increase the quality and yield of fruit. It’s not constrained to fruits and vegetables either. Nuts, plants used to produce oils, such as sunflowers, cocoa beans, coffee, tea and cotton are also dependent on pollinators.

With 64 hives that cover 170 acres of property, Matthew Byrd’s operation is a serious enterprise that is not only the story of one person helping to restore and protect the bee population — it demonstrates what occurs when you mix a student’s passion with University outreach and resources.

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Cisco executive, alumnus to address new digital era’s impact on education at WVU’s David C. Hardesty, Jr.Festival of Ideas series


There is no doubt that John Chambers has made an indelible impression on the global technology industry. And while he retired as chief executive officer of Cisco Systems Inc., in 2015 and plans to step down as Cisco’s executive chairman of the board at the end of the year when his term expires, Chambers is fully ready to take on new challenges.

A 1971 finance graduate of the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics and a 1974 WVU Law graduate, Chambers will speak on “The New Digital Era and the Implications for Education” on Oct. 27 at 11 a.m. in the Mountainlair Ballrooms. The address is the latest in the David C. Hardesty Jr., Festival of Ideas series.

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WVU LaunchLab hosts inaugural Women’s Pitch Competition


West Virginia University
’s  LaunchLab Network hosted its first Women’s Pitch Competition on Oct. 26 to encourage female students to push the limits of their entrepreneurial ideas, develop products and business models and showcase the results in a tightly-timed presentation to a panel of judges. 

Eight students participated and the top three contenders were awarded monetary prizes to fund their business and product development, receiving $3,000, $1,500 and $750 respectively, thanks in part to the sponsorship of the  Women of WVU Leadership Council

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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 Pitch Texas 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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