TechConnectWV is a non-profit coalition committed to the advancement of the innovation economy in West Virginia, focused on four technology sectors: advanced energy, chemicals and advanced materials, biosciences, and biometrics. With broad representation from private industry, the public sector, and higher education, TechConnectWV seeks to diversify the state’s economy, promote economic prosperity and create high-paying jobs.
What Do We Do?
Accelerating Innovation & Generating 21st Century Jobs with Education, Commercialization, and Investment Assistance for Early Stage Entrepreneurs
Step 1: Awareness and Education/Pipeline Development
TechConnectWV - will undertake education and awareness activities. These events will reach influencers and innovators, creating a rich pipeline of entrepreneurs and small businesses seeking start-up growth opportunities:
Step 2: Commercialization
INNOVA - will provide assistance in moving an entrepreneur from concept, business development, product/service design and market introduction through the provision of grants and access to statewide, regional and national providers.
Step 3: Early Stage Investment
West Virginia Jobs Investment Trust – will create an impact fund, accessing new sources of funding and collaboration among lenders providing additional critically necessary early stage financing to start-ups.
Meet Our Team
The INNOVA Commercialization Group promotes and fosters innovation and provides the resources to help a company with the strategic and business planning necessary to succeed. INNOVA works with selected companies to chart a set of strategies built around both the commercialization of the product or technology and the funding stream necessary to provide capital at each of the critical junctures in the development process. INNOVA is also recognized as a primary source of early stage investment capital in West Virginia.
The West Virginia Jobs Investment Trust is a leading venture capital firm made up of partners with extensive management, operations and technology experience and focused on turning the innovation of new ideas into successful world-class companies. Since 1992, the JIT has been an active investor and valued partner to exceptional entrepreneurs on the leading edge of industry.