Innovation & Entrepreneurship Day to be held Jan. 27 at State Capitol in Charleston

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January 25, 2016 by Kathy Jesperson

TransTech logoMorgantown, W.Va. – If innovation and entrepreneurship drive you, join TechConnect West Virginia and TransTech/Industries of the Future-WV (IOF-WV) for Innovation & Entrepreneurship Day on Jan. 27 at the State Capitol in Charleston.

Now in its fifth year, this “Day at the Capitol” features organizations, companies and people that work to advance innovation and entrepreneurship across our state. The event is a great opportunity to network around the Capitol Rotunda with legislators, key state officials, manufacturers, innovators, entrepreneurs and colleagues. You may also set up exhibits in the House and Senate hallways to demo products and provide information on your company or organization.

“It’s a chance to brainstorm with colleagues about new ideas, initiatives and policies that help create jobs, deploy innovative technologies and promote new business development,” said Carl Irwin, director of TransTech/IOF-WV at West Virginia University.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the exhibit hall will open at 8:30 a.m. At 12:30 p.m., a luncheon will be served in the lower level Capitol Rotunda.

At 12:30 p.m. TransTech/Industries of the Future-WV will announce and celebrate the 2016 winners of the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Industrial Energy Efficiency and the Governor’s Award for Leadership in Green Advanced Manufacturing. The event will conclude at 3:30 p.m.

TechConnect WV is a statewide economic development organization that works with innovative people and programs across West Virginia to foster and promote innovation-based businesses development and entrepreneurial activities throughout the state.

WVU’s TransTech Program highlights start-up companies and commercializable innovations coming out of universities, national labs, private companies and even garages and basements. “TransTech” refers to transitional technologies that help reduce carbon emissions, promote advanced manufacturing and help build an energy efficient and sustainable economy for the future.

Industries of the Future – West Virginia is a collaboration between WVU, the West Virginia Division of Energy and the U.S. Department of Energy to help the country’s most energy-intensive industries create financial savings through energy efficiency strategies and technologies.

For more information, contact: Angela Shock at 304-293-6520; or Margaret Mattson at 304-293-6456;



CONTACT: Tracy Novak, TransTech; 304.293.6928