The season of Fall is a time for change. The leaves change color, the weather gets cooler, and people’s routines often change as well. Fall is also a season of gratitude. This is the time of year when people often reflect on what they are thankful for, and businesses look for new opportunities to grow and expand. Gratitude is good for our mental and physical health. It can help reduce stress, improve our moods, and increase our overall sense of well-being. In honor of thanksgiving, 3 Steps To Startup would like to share what we’re thankful for and how we plan to expand and evolve in the coming months.


In this blog you’ll learn:

  • What we’re thankful for this holiday season
  • Profiles of the companies we’ve launched and funded
  • Where we’re headed and the new horizons coming our way


This Thanksgiving season we are thankful for the greatness we’ve been a part of and the many success stories and startups we’ve witnessed grow and flourish. We’ve helped West Virginia revitalize its supply of entrepreneurs and provided much-needed advice to those who are looking to start new startups. During the last year, we’ve reached out to local and national influencers/innovators and created a rich library of media (including webinars and a Master Class) focused on helping those entrepreneurs and small businesses seeking start-up growth and expansion.

Why Gratitude Is Important In Entrepreneurship

Gratitude is a powerful emotion that can have a positive impact on our lives. When we feel grateful, we are more likely to be happy and satisfied with what we have. Gratitude can also help us to be more successful in our careers. Entrepreneurship can be a difficult and challenging path.


There are many ups and downs, and it can be easy to get caught up in the negative. But if we can take a step back and focus on the positive, on what we are grateful for, it can make a big difference. Gratitude can help us to see the good in our lives and our businesses, even when things are tough.

Looking Back & Moving Forward

Over the course of this year, 3 Steps to Startup has helped many startup founders and owners launch and fun their now-successful companies.


Here is a look at a few highlights:


  • We’ve received over 3,000 visitors with over 7,900 page views since October 2019.
  • 3 Steps For Startup held 2 virtual Venture Fairs, multiple webinars, and 2 LIINC events (one for WVU and one for Marshall)
  • Our live events were attended by over 1,000 people all across the country
  • Over 130 companies entered the program (representing 37 different cities, including 22 WV counties)
  • Funded 15 businesses with the investment syndicate and created relationships with those in the ecosystem. (For a total of over $13 million)


Last but not least, we received this feedback: “They say it takes around 7 sales calls to turn a prospect into a customer or to have them take action.  Luckily, it didn’t take me seven emails to dig into the 3StepstoStartup link you sent.  Somehow, I missed the Masterclass series when you initially sent the link, but this time around I dug in and feel like I’ve hit the jackpot of valuable information.


I’m constantly trying to build my knowledge base by reading books, listening to podcasts, watching Masterclass, and now the 3StepstoStartup masterclass series.  The creators of this resource have jam-packed meaningful content into a well-structured mini-series for entrepreneurs like me, who don’t have an MBA or an academic foundation in business.  The application questions at the end of the sessions and the extra links are great.  Thank you for this masterclass sequence and for cultivating the entrepreneurial mindset here in the great state of WV.”

Companies We’ve Funded

With all the stats you’ve just read, it might be helpful to get a closer look into some of our funding success stories. Here is a look at a few of the successful companies we’ve funded:


ParthianWV: Parthian is actively ensuring the environmental and economic viability of our transition to a greener future.

Endolumik: Hospital Operating Rooms have just reached a tipping point! A majority of high-quality centers have laparoscopic towers & robots with NIR vision capabilities in their existing cameras, however, today’s surgical tools and instruments still need to be updated to leverage this technology. Endolumik is the first company to integrate this technology into the esophagogastric space

Greenbrier Technical Services: Since 1989, Greenbrier Technical Services, Inc. (GTS) has provided solutions to the banking, elevator equipment, and mining industries. GTS manufactures replacement parts, repairs circuit boards, and modules, and provides parts-sourcing services.

WV Labs: West Virginia Laboratories is an innovative high complex medical laboratory that is determined to improve health outcomes and the delivery of care within local communities.

Where 3 Steps To Startup Is Headed

3 Steps To Startup is now part of the West Virginia Capital Access Program (WVCAP). The West Virginia Capital Access Program (WVCAP) was created in order to improve access to capital for small businesses and entrepreneurs in the state of West Virginia.



3 Steps To Startup will continue to assist entrepreneurs and startup founders to launch and grow their businesses. Our overarching purpose is to accelerate entrepreneurialism and innovation in West Virginia. Diversification of the economy is crucial to the success of all West Virginians, and by supporting our great minds to bring new and amazing things to life, we can have a much more robust and healthy place in the national and global market.

Getting Started with 3 Steps To Startup

Have an idea? We can help. Come build your startup with us. The program acts as a virtual business incubator – an entrepreneur’s toolbox with a structured modular map for moving a concept forward. Our innovative program offers a range of cutting-edge services and resources, like those found in more urban, tech-centric locales like Silicon Valley and Boston. Entrepreneurs will have access to a wide swath of assistance to carry them through the startup lifecycle.


Don’t Wait. Grow  & Build Your Company With 3 Steps To Startup

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