Creativity and innovation spurred by West Virginia University students, faculty and staff will be on full display Wednesday (Jan. 28) at the state Capitol in Charleston.

WVU’s TransTech and Industries of the Future-WV programs, along with TechConnectWV, will host Innovation and Entrepreneurship Day, an annual event intended to showcase the innovation economy in West Virginia. The public is invited.

“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/Industries of the Future-WV.

Established companies like Toyota and Homer Laughlin China will also participate.

Now in its 15th year, the event also provides opportunities for companies to network with legislators, key state officials, manufacturers, innovators and entrepreneurs.

More than 40 exhibitors will be at this year’s conference including the following WVU groups:

Biomaterials and Wood Utilization Center
College of 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

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. 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 conference closes at 3 p.m.



CONTACT: Angela Shock, TransTech/Industries of the Future

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