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West Virginia Inventors Society draws up plans for first gathering

SOUTH CHARLESTON — The new West Virginia Inventors Society will launch at an event scheduled 4-7 p.m. April 21 at the West Virginia Regional Technology Park in South Charleston.

The society is the brainchild of businessmen and entrepreneurs Linwood Hamilton and Brian Joseph.

It is intended to be a forum for inventors at all stages of the development process to network, evaluate each other’s ideas, connect to entrepreneurial resources and potentially secure investors.

“Not only do we want to invite seasoned inventors to participate, but anyone who has an idea for an invention that they’d like to vet,” Hamilton said. “We also welcome service providers, intellectual property experts, community lenders, angel investors and others who can help move ideas from concept to commercialization.”

The event will be hosted by the Tech Park, the Robert C. Byrd Institute at Marshall University and West Virginia Executive magazine.

“We at RCBI are excited to be involved in the creation of the West Virginia Inventors Society,” said Derek Scarbro, Byrd Institute deputy director. “Our clients, many of whom are inventors and entrepreneurs, frequently mention the need for such a group, one in which like-minded individuals can interact, brainstorm and share best practices. This is another important way for us to support product development and innovation in West Virginia.”

In addition to the institute and the West Virginia Regional Technology Park, service providers scheduled to participate include Advantage Valley, Chemical Alliance Zone, Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education, Dinsmore and Shohl LLP, Marshall University Office of Technology Transfer, National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers, Stites and Harbison, PLLC, the West Virginia Small Business Development Center, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance, the West Virginia University Encove Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the WVU Launch Lab.

To attend the free kickoff, register at www.rcbi.org/inventors. For more information, contact Scarbro at dscarbro@rcbi.org or 304-781-1684.

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