West Virginia Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Update October 2021

Program Spotlight for October

Small Communities Big Solutions

Sara Payne Scarbro, Alliance for the Economic Development of Southern WV sara.payne@marshall.edu

This annual event showcases all the successes and highlights what is working across the southern part of the state. Each year a mix of community leaders, educators, businesses, and public officials come together to network, share ideas and learn what is working well in our state. November 15 to November 18, 2021.
https://wvsolutions.net/small-communities-big-solutions-conference/

Tri-State Makes Festival

Deacon Stone, Robert C. Byrd Institute at Marshall University dstone@rcbi.org

The Tri-State Makes Festival, RCBI’s annual celebration of creativity and ingenuity, will continue this year with a virtual Design Challenge. Hobbyists, inventors, tinkerers, artists and students of all ages who enter the Design Challenge are eligible for one of several awards including the “Best of Show* grand prize, Participants should create a unique invention and submit a 2-minute video explaining their creation and the making process. Winners will be announced online during a live event Dec. 9.

In addition to the Design Challenge, this year’s Tri-State Makes Festival will feature a Series of Maker Master Classes to encourage people of all ages to develop their making talents.

 

https://www.rcbi.org/makesfest2021/?fbclid=IwAR3LGuAPoUvMwwrFFgw8G18LZxEAQU8xKJhkXvsvEiyZ913Vav4o17ZnF-c  

The Women Innovate Pitch, WVU Launch Lab

Carrie White, Executive Director of the WVU Launchlab Network-cwhite17@mail.wvu.edu

In conjunction with Women Entrepreneurs Week 2021 and Monteclair University, the Morris L. Hayhurst Launchlab and WVU partners contacted, will host the 2nd annual Women Innovate Pitch Competition. This competition serves as an opportunity to highlight any female innovators and entrepreneurs in the state, and to pitch their idea to a panel of esteemed female judges. Applications will open on September 17, and close on October 8 @ 5 PM.

The event will be held virtually on October 20 from 5 – 7 pm on Zoom. Prizes of over 5000 will be awarded.

The Women Innovate Pitch Competition

Marshall University iCenter Women’s Entrepreneurship Week

Tricia Ball, Marshall University iCenter, ballt@marshall.edu

Join us for Marshall University’s 2021 Women Entrepreneurship Week celebration from Monday, October 18 – Friday, October 22.

Women Entrepreneurship Week started eight years ago at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey and is now a global movement. In 2019, 242 universities in 32 countries joined in the celebration.

The week features a virtual fireside chat with Lee Farabaugh, Core10 Co-Founder and President; a Women’s Speed Networking Event; an iCenter Content Creation Studio Open House; and an Intro Design Thinking Workshop.

Register for the events below at https://www.muicenter.com/wew2021

Global Entrepreneurship Week November 7-14 Events

A variety of meetings and trainings are listed on WVBusinessLink  for GEW 2021!   View them all on the Events Calendar!

Econ Dev Show with Dane Carlson-

WV BusinessLink highlight- https://podcast.econdevshow.com/23

National economic development podcaster Dane Carlson took some time to interview Bill Woodrum recently about the growth and expansion of entrepreneurship support in West Virginia.

WV Women’s Business Center Trainings

Kristen Beverage reported that the WV Women’s Business Center has a variety of programs coming up for entrepreneurs.  Check out their calendar https://wvwomen.org/events/

Hold the Date for Bridging Innovation 2022 April 4-8

Tara St. Clair, WVU Encova Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Tara.StClair@mail.wvu.edu

Bill Woodrum, WV BusinessLink, WV Department of Economic Development, Bill.J.Woodrum@wv.gov

This week long experience will bring together various competitions from across the state that are promoting and fostering entrepreneurship in West Virginia. The competitions range from supporting elementary to college students and community members in their pursuit of becoming entrepreneurs and creating more opportunities in West Virginia.

This weeklong celebration will bring together various competitions from across the state that are promoting and fostering entrepreneurship in West Virginia. The competitions range from supporting elementary to college students, veterans and community members in their pursuit of becoming entrepreneurs and creating more opportunities in West Virginia.  The week will run from April 4-8, 2022 at the Charleston Convention Center and Coliseum.    You will NOT want to miss this historic series of competitions and promotions of entrepreneurship.

 

Reminders:

Next Meeting November 9, 2021 2:00 p.m.  Register HERE for future meetings.

or watch the full video below.

West Virginia Entrepreneurship Ecosystem October 2021