January 23, 2015 by Kathy Jesperson, NRCCE
Morgantown, W.Va. – How do creativity and innovation generate new possibilities and solutions? They do it by pushing your mind to forge new connections, think differently, and consider new approaches.
To illustrate these ideas West Virginia University’s TransTech and Industries of the Future-WV programs along with TechConnect West Virginia will host “Innovation & Entrepreneurship Day at the Capitol” in Charleston, W.Va. on Jan. 28. The public is invited.
Now in its 15th year, “Day at the Capitol” showcases West Virginia’s organizations and companies that work to advance innovation and entrepreneurship across the state.
What do participants gain by attending this conference?
“This is a chance to brainstorm with colleagues about initiatives and polices that help create jobs, deploy innovative technologies, and promote new business development,” said Carl Irwin, director of TransTech/IOF-WV.
Adding that innovation doesn’t just come from new companies Irwin said, “Established companies like Toyota and Homer Laughlin China are at the forefront of innovative energy efficiency and green technologies and will be participating.”
The day also provides opportunities for companies to network with legislators, key state officials, manufacturers, innovators, entrepreneurs, and colleagues.
The public is invited to all booths to see some of the groundbreaking work and find out how these companies improve the way we live, work, and play. More than 40 exhibitors will be at this year’s conference including:
West Virginia University
- Biomaterials and Wood Utilization Center
- Business and Economics, BrickStreet Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
- Center for Electrochemical Energy Systems
- College of Law Entrepreneurship Clinic
- Industrial Extension Partnership
- Mining and Industrial Extension
- NASA WV Space Grant Consortium
- National Research Center for Coal and Energy
- Shared Research Facilities
Green Heated Glass—designs and manufactures heated glass that radiates warmth throughout glass windows and doors. Through this process, heat is retained for longer durations and consumes less energy compared to traditional heating and ventilation forced energy systems. Heated glass technology is flexible enough to be used in home and building designs, as different combinations of glass can augment its performance.
Girl Scouts of Black Diamond—promoting women in science has been part of the Girl Scouts mission through its Discover Engineering, a hands-on program that does more than provide a special participation patch for all the girls who attend—it gets girls interested in science. The Girl Scouts are extending their women-in-science mission by participating in this special Day at the Capitol.
Conference registration begins at 8 a.m. in the Capitol Rotunda and exhibits open at 8:30 a.m. in the house and senate hallways and well area. A luncheon will be served in the Lower Rotunda at 11:45 a.m. for those who pre-registered.
As part of the lunch ceremonies, the “Governor’s Award for Leadership in Industrial Energy Efficiency” and the “Governor’s Award for Excellence in Green Advanced Manufacturing” will be presented to the winning companies at 12:30 p.m. The event will be recognized by the House and Senate. The conference closes at 3 p.m.
TransTech/IOF-WV promotes investment in new and established companies that provide innovative solutions to energy efficiency, advanced manufacturing, sustainability, and economic development challenges. The program is part of the energy efficiency division of WVU’s National Research Center for Coal and Energy.
TechConnectWV is a statewide economic development organization that works to foster and promote technology-based businesses and entrepreneurial activities in the state.
CONTACT: Angela Shock; TransTech/IOF-WV
Exhibitor List – Sorted by City
2015 Innovation & Entrepreneurship Day at the Capitol
|Center for Applied Research and Technology Transfer||Bluefield College|
|Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia||Buffalo|
|Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education||Charleston|
|Discover the Real West Virginia (DRWV) Foundation||Charleston|
|First Choice Health System||Charleston|
|Girl Scouts of Black Diamond||Charleston|
|Regional Contracting Assistance Center, Inc.||Charleston|
|TechConnect West Virginia||Charleston|
|University of Charleston||Charleston|
|US Small Business Administration||Charleston|
|West Virginia Interactive||Charleston|
|West Virginia Regional Technology Park||Charleston|
|WV Small Business Development Center||Charleston|
|Green Heated Glass||Cowansville, PA|
|Electronic Specialty Company||Dunbar|
|FIRST K-12 Student Robotics Programs||Fairmont|
|NASA IV&V Robotics Alliance Project||Fairmont|
|Marshall University Research Corporation||Huntington|
|Robert C Byrd Institute||Huntington|
|Records Management Solutions-RMS||Martinsburg|
|Hergo – Modular Office Furniture and IT Racks||Maspeth, NY|
|Business Enterprise Team, LLC||Morgantown|
|NASA WV Space Grant Consortium||Morgantown|
|Sunbelt Business Brokers||Morgantown|
|WVU Biomaterials and Wood Utilization Center||Morgantown|
|WVU Center for Electrochemical Energy Systems||Morgantown|
|WVU Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship||Morgantown|
|WVU College of Law Entrepreneurship Clinic||Morgantown|
|WVU Industrial Ext-WVMEP||Morgantown|
|WVU Mining and Industrial Extension||Morgantown|
|WVU National Research Center for Coal and Energy||Morgantown|
|WVU Shared Research Facilities||Morgantown|
|WVU TransTech Energy Research & Commercialization||Morgantown|
|Homer Laughlin China Company||Newell|
|OH-WV Youth Leadership Association||Parsons|
|Premium Cloud Solutions||Petersburg|
|Capitol Electronics Sales||Plainfield, IN|
|West Liberty University||West Liberty|