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The Virtual Bridging Innovation week kicks off on April 12, 2021 and will bring together various competitions from across the state that are promoting and fostering entrepreneurship in West Virginia. The competitions range from supporting elementary to college students and community members in their pursuit of becoming entrepreneurs and creating more opportunities in West Virginia.
Monday, April 12 | 9 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
West Virginia Statewide High School Business Plan Competition
The HSBPC offers high school juniors and seniors from across the state the opportunity
to learn how to move a business idea from conception to action with the help
of seasoned business professionals. Finalists receive the opportunity to pitch
to real investors and receive $1,000 for their teacher's classroom.
Hosted by WVU John Chambers College of Business and Economics Encova Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the WV Department of Education. Point of contact: Tara St. Clair - Tara.Stclair@mail.wvu.edu
Tuesday, April 13 | 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
West Virginia Innovation & Business Model College Competition
WVIBMC is a statewide business model competition that is open to
students enrolled in a West Virginia higher education institution. The focus
of the competition is designing desirable, feasible, and viable businesses
that are attractive to investors. Students learn and apply entrepreneurial
best practices like design thinking, business modeling, and lean startup
to identify problems, create game-changing solutions, and develop business
models by testing their assumptions on real customers. They will take what
they learn and either validate key assumptions or pivot and change course.
Hosted by Marshall University Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation (iCenter). Point of contact: Olen York – firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, April 14
University of Charleston i3 Competition – public – evening
Thursday, April 15
Seed WV | 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Seed WV is a $15,000 cash prize contest for new product ideas that can be brought to market in 6 to 12 months and be sold nationally or globally. This contest is open to all WV residents and small businesses. Applications are due Friday, March 19, 2021. A final judging event, open to the public online via Zoom, will be held on Thursday, April 15, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Hosted by WVU John Chambers College of Business and Economics. Point of contact: Ryan Angus - email@example.com
My Hometown is Cool | 7:00 p.m.
WVU Extension Service and the WVU Chambers College of Business and Economics
will highlight the voice of youth leaders through the “My Hometown is Cool”
statewide competition. Teams of youths ages 9-18 are invited submit a 3-minute
video that demonstrates what makes your hometown cool and one idea for making
your hometown cooler. The competition is open to teams of two or more youths
in West Virginia.
Hosted by WVU Extension Services and WVU John Chambers College of Business and Economics. Point of contact: Lauren Prinzo - firstname.lastname@example.org
StandWatch Academy High School Competition – private
The StandWatch Academy program produces real-world businesses that provide high school
students with educational and career choices. It successfully bridges the gap
between what students learn in the classroom and what they will find in the marketplace
Point of contact: Zac Northup - email@example.com
Friday, April 16 | 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
West Virginia Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition
The Collegiate BPC offers college students the opportunity to receive the education,
skills, contacts, and motivation necessary to create a viable start-up company
in West Virginia. Finalists receive $1,000, have the opportunity to win up
to $20,000 and pitch to real investors from across the country.
Hosted by WVU John Chambers College of Business and Economics Encova Center for Innovation. Point of contact: Tara St. Clair - Tara.Stclair@mail.wvu.edu