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Assistance providers participating in the event included: 

  • Richard F. Giersch, CEO & Chairman, Valtari Bio, Director, WVU Innovation Center
  • Joseph G. Bunn, Esq., Member, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
  • Kevin O’Connor, West Virginia Senior Business Lender, Natural Capital Investment Fund
  • Mike Green, Chairman, West Virginia Growth Investment Fund and Managing Director, Mountain State Capital
    Tim James, Loan Officer, First Microloan of West Virginia 
  • Andreas Baltatzis, Director, KramerAmado, P.C.
  • Michele O’Connor, Manager, West Virginia Jobs Investment Trust
  • Larry Miller, Executive in Residence, Innovation Works
  • Matt Harbaugh, Associate Vice President for Transformation, WVU

The event was conducted in a fashion that encouraged questions and open dialogue between the audience and assistance providers. 

Some key takeaways, included:

  • First Microloan of West Virginia offers loan funding from $5,000-$50,000 and typically used when bank financing isn’t available. 

  • Natural Capital Investment Fund offers a $30 million fund operating in underserved communities throughout Appalachia.  Typically used when bank financing isn’t available and they also team with other funding sources.

  • Mountain State Capital is a newly formed $25 million venture capital fund which will become active in 2017.

  • Inventor and entrepreneur resources from the US Patent & Trademark Office are available at: https://www.uspto.gov/learning-and-resources/inventors-entrepreneurs-resources.

  • Tips for giving an effective presentation for funding, as provided by Innovation Works Executive In Residence, Larry Miller, can be accessed by clicking here


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