HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Five small manufacturers were selected as the state’s first INNOVATE West Virginia companies Wednesday.
Congressman Nick J. Rahall II, Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp, John Maher, Vice President for Research at Marshall University, and Charlotte Weber, Director and CEO of the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI) made the announcement.
INNOVATE WV is a program sponsored by Marshall University, Concord University and RCBI and is designed to help entrepreneurs, small businesses and manufacturers in the southern part of the state develop and commercialize new products.
The five companies selected to receive assistance to support their entrepreneurial efforts and develop novel manufacturing ideas are:
“By taking advantage of INNOVATE WV, these small businesses will access advanced manufacturing capabilities to help them turn concepts into reality," said Weber. "Combining the innovative ideas of each of these entrepreneurs with the leading-edge capabilities we have available at RCBI, we should be able to help accelerate the process by which they turn their ideas into commercial opportunities."
Weber said a second round of INNOVATE WV applications will be taken later this year.