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WVU to hold entrepreneurial contest through new Seed WV program

WVU to hold entrepreneurial contest through new Seed WV program

West Virginia University's new Seed WV program will give away up to $15,000 at the University’s Demo Day.

The contest, which is being held to raise awareness for the Seed WV program both on campus and throughout the state, will offer a cash award to innovators and entrepreneurs with ideas for new products and services. The contest is open to West Virginia residents, innovators, entrepreneurs, businesses and non-profits.

“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 that 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. Selected finalists will present their innovations at a WVU’s Demo Day event held in Morgantown on April 24. The winners will be announced and the cash prizes will be awarded at this event.

Click here for more information and to apply.



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Senior Writer, Office of Strategic Communications
John Chambers College of Business and Economics
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