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WVU Tech Launch Lab
What is the Launch Lab?
The WVU Tech Launch Lab is a resource center for students and the WVU Tech Community to help launch new businesses, products and prototypes. It is a collaboration with the WV Hive, an entrepreneurship program of the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority.

How do I use the Launch Lab?
The Launch Lab at WVU Tech can help you launch a new company or product and help bring your designs and dreams to fruition. Our services are free for students, faculty and staff of WVU Tech. Contact us today to take the first step into turning your ideas into reality!


What does the Launch Lab offer?
  • Meeting spaces for start-up teams and networking opportunities
  • Business idea competitions where clients can pitch their ideas and earn funding to help reach their goals
  • Campus resources , as well as the resources from WVU and the WV Hive

  • Makerspace at the WV Hive, which can help clients make 3D models and prototypes of products

  • Classroom space for events and instruction

  • Ability to work with students to help test, design and build your creations

Do you have a great idea for a business or product? Contact us to take the first step.

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Pitch Southern West Virginia business idea competition


Pitch your business idea and win up to $2,000. The WVU Tech Launch Lab, in partnership with the WV Hive, invites WVU Tech students, faculty and staff, and entrepreneurs and businesses of the southern West Virginia counties of Raleigh, Fayette, Nicholas, Summers, Webster, Pocahontas, Greenbrier, Monroe, Mercer, Wyoming, McDowell, Logan and Mingo to submit their ideas.

The business idea competition is limited to entrepreneurs of new start-ups and businesses in operation for less than three years. The best proposals submitted will be invited to give five-minute, in-person pitches of their business ideas before the reviewers on October 12 at the Life Sciences Building on WVU Tech's campus. The reviewers will engage in a question-and-answer session with each presenter.

Applications to pitch business ideas are due at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023.


  WVU Tech Launch Lab Director Diana Woods
Diana Woods
WVU Tech Launch Lab Director