Presentations of community and student business ideas were presented October 12 on the campus of WVU Tech. Judges for the evening’s competition included Ryan Thorn, State Director, West Virginia, Rural Development, United States Department of Agriculture;
Dr. Scott Fleming, Dean, College of Business, Humanities and Social Sciences, WVU Tech; Connor Golden, Business Banking Portfolio Manager, United Bank; and Christopher R. Vaught, President and CEO, Vaught, Inc.
Entries were open to residents and businesses located in Raleigh, Fayette, Nicholas, Summers, Webster, Pocahontas, Greenbrier, Monroe, Mercer, Wyoming, McDowell, Logan and Mingo Counties and WVU Tech students, faculty and staff. Businesses being pitched are required to be new start-ups or in operation for less than three years.
Funds for the awards were contributed by private sponsors, including United Bank and the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority (gold sponsors) and Stephens Auto and WV Auto Buyers (silver sponsor). All sponsorship funds are provided to the contestants as winnings.
The WV Hive is the entrepreneurship program of the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority. More information about the WV Hive can be found at https://wvhive.com/