Getting Started

With programs, resources, and assistance at any level of the business concept. We help aspiring and existing business owners launch and grow successful businesses across West Virginia.

We provide multiple Programs to meet you, no matter where you are in your business lifecycle.

The next 10-week Co.Starters course will begin September 2, 2016 and will meet every Friday evening from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at WVU Tech Campus.

Registration for this session due no later than 5 pm on Monday, August 29th.



With several levels of intense one on one programs, the HIVE meets any business at any stage.  Learn how to take an idea to market, or how to throttle that existing business to successfully capture more of your market.

The pre-incubation program addresses the pre and early seed stages of a business venture. Through 10 – 3 hour sessions our pre-incubation program “Co.Starters” helps clients determine their potential and viability behind their innovative idea. Through this program the Hive helps clients validate ideas, recognize challenges and opportunities, identify customer segments, competitive advantages, and design a business strategy. The Pre-Incubation course is a requirement before being eligible to apply for our incubation program.

The next 10-week course will begin September 2, 2016 and will meet every Tuesday evening from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at WVU Tech Campus.

WV HIVE, Beckley

O’dell Hall
282 Minnesota Ave.
Beckley, WV 25801

This class will meet weekly, so please make sure your schedule allows you to attend all ten classes.

Registration for this session due no later than 5 pm on  Monday, August 29.


The incubation program called “Smart Start” is designed to assist clients in the early stage of development. The incubation process is a customized approach to fill gaps and needs of our clients in four main activities of a business venture: business concept, customer relations, operations, and organization. Once accepted into the SMART START program our clients will have access to our support programs and entrepreneurial partnerships. This is NOT cheap rent! It is expected that the entrepreneur will take the time and full advantage of the resources, mentors, technical advisors, hive staff, and community to fast track them to move into the community.


Once the client has developed a product and has a customer base it qualifies for our Acceleration program called “SCALE UP” Through this program the WV HIVE helps clients unlock their full potential and prepares them for long-term market success. Through the acceleration program, the HIVE provides clients with need specific resources that help them push their business venture to the next level.


The soft-landing program is designed to support business ventures that relocate or branch into the New River Gorge Region. This includes, but it is not limited to, foreign companies as well as those from other regions of the nation. We offer to conduct feasibility studies to help these companies test the market in terms of competitiveness, demand, and regulations before making further investment.

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The co-working space is designed to provide an inspiring, creative, flexible, and comfortable working environment for students and professionals to explore ideas in entrepreneurship. It offers a solution to the isolation that professional freelancers experience while working at home. The co-working space provides its members with connections to other business experts, access to educational workshops, and visibility within the entrepreneurial community.

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Join our Events and Meet Ups

Entrepreneur Buzz

Build your network and make new connections at our events taking place across West Virginia. Bring lots of business cards!

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We provide personalized support through business mentors.


The Hive matches you with an experienced mentor. Our mentors offer personalized support to help you launch and grow your business. Become a Mentor here.

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