Six state colleges and universities will be represented in the 2020-2021 West Virginia Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition finals, making it the most diverse group of finalist teams in the competition’s 15-year history.
Colleges and universities that are moving into the finals include: Concord University, Marshall University, Shepherd University, University of Charleston, West Virginia State University and West Virginia University.
“We were excited to see a wide range of representation from across the state make it into the final competition,” said Tara St. Clair, program lead of the Encova Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at West Virginia University’s John Chambers College of Business and Economics.
Finalist teams will be competing for an at-large award of $40,000, which has been made possible by Ray Zinn, founder of Micrel Semiconducters and the longest-serving CEO in Silicon Valley. This is the third year that Zinn has sponsored the business plan competition.
The LaunchLab Network of applied innovation centers for students is part of the WVU Innovation, Design and Entrepreneurship Applied Ecosystem – a university-wide web of centers, offices and programs that fosters and supports innovation and entrepreneurship among WVU students, faculty and staff while engaging the statewide community.
Finals will be held on Friday, April 16 via zoom.