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Accepting applications to win cash & prizes at WVU's IDEA Hub Demo Day

WVU’s IDEA Hub will host the University’s inaugural Demo Day April 19. Demo Day is an opportunity for students, faculty and staff from across the entire campus to demonstrate their work in innovation, entrepreneurship and design. Register today as an individual, team or group to showcase your innovative work, designs or entrepreneurial ideas and encourage others to partake. Participants will gain exposure across campus and to the broader community, while having the opportunity to win cash and prizes. Deadline to register your application is March 21.

For more information about Demo Day, visit the IDEA Hub website. An FAQs document is available to download on the website. Once registration is closed, more information will be provided on the location and timing to showcase the individual and team displays.

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WVU LaunchLab hosts social entrepreneurship Show of Hands pitch competition

West Virginia University’s LaunchLab Network hosted its first Show of Hands pitch competition to encourage students to speak out about their ideas to spark social entrepreneurship and change. Five student teams pitched not-for-profit or social change ideas for products and businesses to a full crowd, who served as the judges for the evening. The top three contenders were those with the most votes. They were awarded monetary prizes to fund their projects, receiving $1,500, $750, and $500 respectively.

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WVU LaunchLab helps Mountaineers realize business dreams

MORGANTOWN — For any Mountaineer who has an idea or even a hobby they’d like to see transformed into a business, the WVU LaunchLab can help them get started.

Since 2014, the lab — housed in the fourth floor of Evansdale Crossing — has served as a resource to point enterprising students toward engineering know-how to develop product prototypes, legal services for patents and establishing new intellectual properties and marketing.

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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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