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Adam Payne |

On Thursday, Oct. 27, The WVU Morris L. Hayhurst LaunchLab hosted its annual Women Innovate Pitch Competition. Six of the top innovators at West Virginia University pitched their idea to win funding for their business or invention. 

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Adam Payne |

WV Veterans and families are invited to learn more about entrepreneurship and how to start a business. 

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Adam Payne |

On Thursday, Oct. 6, The WVU Morris L. Hayhurst LaunchLab hosted a new event called the Get My Drift Pitch Competition. Eight of West Virginia University’s newest creative entrepreneurs had five minutes to pitch their ideas.  

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Adam Payne |

On Tuesday, Oct. 4, The WVU Morris L. Hayhurst LaunchLab hosted its third annual ZinnStarter Pitch Competition. Here, eight of West Virginia University’s brightest entrepreneurs had five minutes to pitch their ideas to a panel of industry professionals and a packed audience teeming with support. 

Read More: Student innovators win big at the annual ZinnStarter Pitch Competition

Agustin Urioste |

I-Corps Regional Course to be hosted by West Virginia University - October 2022! Follow this link for more info!

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Agustin Urioste |

The Appalachian Social Enterprise Summit, a collaboration by Coalfield Development and other regional partners will be the area’s largest gathering of social entrepreneurs this year! This amazing event will attract entrepreneurs who are interested in the model of social entrepreneurship, as well as current practitioners and investors who are looking to network and expand. This is a great chance to engage and support some of the most creative and compassionate leaders our hills and hollers have to offer.

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Agustin Urioste |

West Virginia University and the TransTech Program are excited to announce the Evolving Energy Conference, which will bring together Appalachian region stakeholders, key partners, and academic institutions as well as federal and corporate leaders to holistically discuss the expanding energy sector, as well as energy needs for the future of manufacturing. Follow this link to get started

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Stephanie Saldivar |

It has been another fantastic year of innovation and inspiration here at the Morris L. Hayhurst LaunchLab. The LaunchLab is an applied innovation center that  serves the students of West Virginia University with their creative endeavors. At the LaunchLab, students can take their innovative ideas for a product or service and turn them into a reality. Once a client, students have an abundance of resources available to them. Resources include step-by-step business planning, market research, patent guidance, logo design, and more! Advice and guidance is geared to help easily and confidently navigate the start-up of their idea. There is also the opportunity to win funding through pitch competitions. In addition to funding, pitch competitions open up a world of networking possibilities to further propel the innovative enlightenment.

Read More: WVU LaunchLab's jam-packed semester in review

Stephanie Saldivar |

On March 3-5, 2022, the WVU Morris L. Hayhurst LaunchLab in collaboration with the John Chambers College of Business and Economics and the Davis College of Agriculture, hosted and sponsored this year's Impact Challenge. This year's weekend event inspired thought-provoking impactful progress in Agribusiness Management and Fashion Design and Merchandising. Participants from middle school, high school, and the university joined together in several different groups to tackle various fundamental issues in our community and state. 

Read More: West Virginia student innovators left an impact on the state in Impact Challenge Weekend