3 Steps to Start Up

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


This project builds upon an existing collaboration between TechConnectWV, INNOVA, and WV Jobs Investment Trust that already operates programs with a significant return on investment. This project will scale these successful initiatives and structure them together to provide a faster, more effective, and broader-reaching program. With increased collaboration at every stage, the initiative will help move entrepreneurs from idea to commercialization to investment more efficiently, generating more startups positioned for success in West Virginia.

Services Provided

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Forming a Business
  • Feasibility Studies

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Development
  • Economic Forecast

Events and Community Building

  • Pitch Events

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Angel Investment Providers
  • Equity Funding Preparation
  • Financial Modeling
  • Financial Statement and Cash Flow
  • Loan Providers
  • Matching Fund Providers
  • Microloan Providers
  • Technology Grant Providers
  • Venture Capital Providers
  • Debt Funding Preparation

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Life Sciences Development
  • Technology Transfer
  • Industrial Technology Research
  • High Tech Development

Marketing and Sales

  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Market Research


  • Formal Mentoring Programs

Networking and Associations

  • Small Business/General

Nonprofit and Social Enterprise

  • Entrepreneurship Services

Product Development

  • R&D Support
  • Prototype Development
  • Product Design and Development
  • Product Assembly and Packaging
  • Patent Information

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Startup Business Counseling
  • Startup Classes

Technical Assistance

  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Commercialization
  • Design Services
  • Technology Transfer


  • Online Courses and Videos
Primary Contact
Michele O’Connor
1000 Galliher
Fairmont, WV 26554