New ideas, like plants, can, under the right conditions, grow from something small into something sustainable and productive. West Virginians with ideas for new products and services could benefit from a program planted in the West Virginia University John Chambers College of Business and Economics.
Seed WV is a contest open to West Virginia residents, innovators, entrepreneurs, businesses and non-profits. During WVU’s Demo Day April 24, the program will award up to $15,000 to finalists.
“Developing a stronger statewide entrepreneurial ecosystem is critically important to West Virginia’s economic future,” said Javier Reyes, Milan Puskar Dean of WVU’s John Chambers College of Business and Economics. “Seed WV builds on the observation that many successful companies started with small amounts of financial capital and bootstrapped their way to success. Through Seed WV, we will seek to leverage small amounts of capital to drive substantial economic impact throughout the state.”
The statewide contest is the first of its kind within West Virginia.
“We are excited to lay down the challenge for West Virginians to step up and apply their creative talents and abilities to entrepreneurship,” said Ryan Angus, assistant professor and James T. Coffman Fellow of Entrepreneurship. “We win when new people pick up the challenge to become entrepreneurs. We win when all of our state’s residents feel their innovations and ideas are welcome, and we of course win when we work together to start companies that create jobs. That’s what the Seed WV contest is all about – a win for us all.”
Applications to the contest can be submitted now through April 3.
CONTACT: Brittany Murray
Senior Writer, Office of Strategic Communications
John Chambers College of Business and Economics
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