CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WV News) — TechConnect West Virginia has been steadily working through the COVID-19 pandemic to help fledgling entrepreneurs and startup businesses network and access funding, and the entity has several more programs ready to go in the coming weeks and months.
Although the pandemic has put an end to face-to-face events and programming, TechConnect WV Executive Director Anne Barth said that there is just as much — if not more — going on with the company as there was a year ago.
“Surprisingly, we’ve stayed busy with our programs, and interest remains high,” Barth said. “We moved so many things online and started doing things virtually, and perhaps it’s the nature of the type of entrepreneurs that we work with most commonly … but this time for being at home has been productive for those who are working on research-intensive projects.”
Barth said that even in the midst of a worldwide pandemic, continuing TechConnect’s work is still greatly important for those it serves, and she’s happy that these services can still be provided.
“We can connect the resources for entrepreneurs to make sure that they get the kind of high-value support they need to launch new ventures,” Barth said. “We can help fill that gap by connecting the dots between the various sources around the state. Maybe someone needs help with…