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TechConnectWV has begun a program called the Spirit of Innovation Awards to recognize leadership in innovation and technology-based business development.

 "We have so many exciting things going on in our state's innovation and technology economy — things many West Virginians don't know about," Anne Barth, TechConnect WV executive director, said. "The goal of the Spirit of Innovation Awards competition is to highlight some of these success stories and perhaps inspire others who have an entrepreneurial spirit."

The competition is open to individuals, organizations, companies and teams. Individuals nominated must be West Virginia residents or full-time students in the state. Companies and organizations must be based in West Virginia.

Awards will be made in the following categories:

Innovator of the Year – An inventor or researcher (academic or non-academic) whose work has created the greatest impact on technology in the state

StartUp Innovation of the Year – An innovation from a university technology transfer office or from a private company that has been in business less than five years or had sales for less than three years

Student Innovator of the Year – A student inventor or researcher who demonstrates innovative characteristics and whose work has created the greatest impact on technology

Investor of the Year – An individual, organization or collaboration that has improved access to capital to help foster innovation

Outstanding Woman in Technology – A woman who has demonstrated a commitment and dedication to innovation

Preference will be given to nominations related to the four technology platforms targeted by TechConnectWV: advanced energy; chemicals and advanced materials; biotechnology; and biometrics and identity management.

Nominations must be received by Aug. 30. The awards will be presented at a banquet on Oct. 22 at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown.

For more information about the TechConnectWV Spirit of West Virginia awards or to download a nomination form, visit www.techconnectwv.org.