“Innovation & Entrepreneurship Day at the Capitol” showcasing creative technology Jan. 28

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January 23, 2015 by Kathy Jesperson, NRCCE

At last years event, WV Gov. Earl Ray Tomlin presented a proclamation declaring "Innovation and Entrepreneurship Day in West Virginia."

WV Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin presents a proclamation to exhibitors in 2014 declaring “Innovation and Entrepreneurship Day in West Virginia.”

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

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 Schedule
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.

About TransTech/IOF-WV
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.

About TechConnectWV
TechConnectWV is a statewide economic development organization that works to foster and promote technology-based businesses and entrepreneurial activities in the state.


See also:  WVUToday; WCHS ABC News; Charleston Daily Mail; Senate Resolution

CONTACT: Angela Shock; TransTech/IOF-WV
304.293.6520; Angela.Shock@mail.wvu.edu

Exhibitor List – Sorted by City
2015 Innovation & Entrepreneurship Day at the Capitol

Center for Applied Research and Technology Transfer Bluefield College
DSD Laboratories Bridgeport
Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia Buffalo
Appalachian Power Charleston
ChemCeption Charleston
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
Shepherd University Shepherdstown
West Liberty University West Liberty