The WV Hive is positioned to help aspiring and existing business owners launch and grow successful businesses throughout Southern West Virginia.
By serving 12 of the southern-most counties, the WV Hive Network brings one-on-one assistance and advanced technology capabilities to markets typically undervalued.
Here’s how to get started:
Apply now! Use the link at the top of the page to apply.
Upon receipt and review of your application, we will schedule you for a two-session WV Hive Orientation Workshop (Hive 101 and Hive 102). These sessions will introduce you to business processes and walk you through the first steps of business modeling. You will also have the opportunity to network with other entrepreneurs and small business owners entering the WV Hive program. After successful completion of these sessions, you will be invited to become a WV Hive client!
WV Hive services include:
Hive Business Advisors offer one-on-one advising, meeting the business or entrepreneur at any stage. Learn how to take an idea to market, build a business from the ground up, or throttle an existing business to successfully capture more of your target market.
Ideation – Take a new idea to market.
Work with a business advisor to address pre-and early-seed stages of a business venture. Through deep mentoring clients determine the potential and viability behind their innovative idea. At this stage clients will validate ideas, recognize challenges and opportunities, identify customer segments, determine competitive advantages, and design a business strategy.
Incubation – Get your new start up off the ground.
Establish a customized approach to fill gaps and needs in early stages of development. Business advisors will work with you through four main focuses, including business concept, customer relations, operations, and organization.
Acceleration – Position your business for growth.
Unlock your business’ full potential and prepare for long-term market success. Clients will work with business advisors to learn about access to capital, exporting, and fulfillment strategies to help you push your venture to the next level.
In addition to business advising, the WV Hive also offers other support services resulting in launch, stabilization, and growth. One such service is through the technical assistance funds. These funds are available to assist qualifying clients with professional service expenses that would otherwise be unavailable to entrepreneurs. Access to these services is designed to fill temporary needs essential to the growth and development of a business. Some examples of technical assistance include marketing needs, financial guidance, legal counsel, or feasibility studies for complex markets.
The WV Hive Network includes locations in Beckley, Summersville, Lewisburg, and Hinton. The Beckley location can be found on the WVU Tech Campus, in the Innovation Building, and boasts fully-equipped, high-tech space available to entrepreneurs, businesses, and students. These spaces include:
- Coding Lab
- Design Lab
- Wearables Lab
- Networking Lounge
- Virtual and In-person Conference Space