West Virginia Small Business Development Center-Innovation-Technology (In-Tech) Program

The WV SBDC’s In-Tech program was designed to provide no-cost, one-on-one assistance to introduce inventors and technology-based entrepreneurs to key commercialization issues such as intellectual property, alternative finance, prototyping and feasibility. The WV SBDC assists with the SBIR/STTR application process, in addition to technology transfer, IP support, licensing and product development cases.

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Innovation-Technology (In-Tech) Program
The WV SBDC’s Innovation-Technology (In-Tech) program was designed to provide no-cost, one-on-one assistance to introduce inventors and technology-based entrepreneurs to key commercialization issues such as intellectual property, alternative finance, prototyping and feasibility. The WV SBDC assists with the SBIR/STTR application process, in addition to technology transfer, IP support, licensing and product development cases.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Investment Fund
The next application window for SBIR/STTR Phase I and Phase II matching funds opens on September 1, 2021. Applications will be accepted from eligible WV based small businesses until midnight on September 30, 2021. No preference will be given to the order applications are received, as long as they are received by the deadline. Closed Phase I and Phase II SBIR/STTR projects are not eligible for matching funds, regardless of the award date.
Matching grant awards are subject to availability of funds, and applicants may not receive the full amount of matching funds requested.

Phase Zero applications will continue to be accepted on an ongoing basis while funds are available.
Download applications at the top of this page.

Identifying Financial Opportunities
The WV SBDC is prepared to assist you with your financial needs and identify early stage funding resources such as SBIR/STTR grants and contracts, venture capital, angel investors, the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Investment Fund, foundations and other alternative financing opportunities. Our In-Tech Program Director can assist with information gathering and project costs to support your efforts in preparing a fruitful proposal or application. The goal of the In-Tech program is to help get your product one step closer to commercialization and get your business ready to launch.

Training
The WV SBDC, in conjunction with technology partner, TechConnect WV, provides technology commercialization training workshops.

Technology Transfer and Licensing Support
If you need help with technology transfer and licensing agreements, the WV SBDC In-Tech Director can strategize with you to develop an agreement that works best for you.

IP, Patent and Trademark Assistance
When working with unique ideas and inventions, there’s a huge benefit in protecting your intellectual property sooner rather than later. The WV SBDC In-Tech Program can assist you with the necessary steps to protect your idea, process, or branding. 
 

Services Provided

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting
  • Diversification
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Development

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Technology Grant Providers
  • Government Funding
  • Financial Statement and Cash Flow
  • Financial Modeling
  • Equity Funding Preparation
  • Debt Funding Preparation
  • Crowdfunding Preparation

Import and Export Assistance

  • Trade Education and Training

Legal Services

  • Patent Seminars
  • Patent, Trademark & Copyright Information

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Commercialization
  • High Tech Development
  • Technology Transfer

Mentoring

  • One-on-One Counseling

Product Development

  • Patent Information

Regulatory Compliance

  • Trademark and Copyright Information

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Site Location
  • Startup Business Counseling
  • Startup Classes

Technical Assistance

  • Commercialization
  • Technology Transfer

Training

  • Budget, Cash Flow and Financial Statements Training
  • Business Management Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Marketing Plan Training
  • Online Courses and Videos
  • Social Media
  • Startup Classes
Primary Contact
Mary Hott
Address
202 Viking Way
Suite 202
Martinsburg, WV 25401