Pitch Southern WV Idea & Business Competitions

Do you have a unique idea for an innovative business or product?

The WV Hive Network, in partnership with TechConnect WV, is excited to announce the 3rd of five different idea and business competitions encompassing twelve counties in southern West Virginia. The upcoming competition, to be held in Mt. Hope, WV, is for residents of Fayette, Raleigh, Mercer, Wyoming and McDowell Counties. Deadline to submit an application is midnight, January 22. Other locations and dates will be announced soon.

Applications will be evaluated by a team of reviewers, with the top applicants chosen to pitch their unique idea or product in-person at the J.W. And Hazel Ruby – Boy Scouts Welcome Center in Mt. Hope on February 12, 2019.

New business ideas or small businesses that have been in operation for less than 3 years are eligible to compete. Both for-profit and nonprofit entities may apply. To be considered, fill out and submit an application below no later than midnight January 15, 2019. If your idea or product is chosen as one of the successful applicants, you will have approximately two weeks to work on the development of your pitch for your idea or product, with the help of the WV Hive.

During the competition, you will have five minutes to present your idea or product to a panel of judges and explain what is innovative about your idea and how it will make a difference to residents of southern WV.

The presentation will be followed with a brief question and answer period with the judges. A grand prize winner will be awarded $1,000 to use towards growing their idea or product into a business. Other prizes will be provided by the community. 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive smaller awards.


*Other tentative locations include: Summersville and Hinton

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Please note: ONLY those with new business ideas or new business start-ups less than three years in operation are eligible to apply. You must reside in Fayette, Raleigh, Mercer, Wyoming or McDowell Counties  to apply. Winners from previous Pitch Southern West Virginia competitions will not be permitted to compete in this competition