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

The company 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 the ideas of others, connect to entrepreneurial resources, and potentially secure investors.

“We not only want to invite seasoned inventors to participate, but anyone who has an invention idea they would like to consider.” said Hamilton. “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 Tech Park, the Robert C. Byrd Institute at Marshall University and West Virginia Executive magazine.

“At RCBI, we are thrilled to be part of the creation of the West Virginia Inventors Society,” said Derek Scarbro, deputy director of the Byrd Institute. “Our customers, many of whom are inventors and entrepreneurs, frequently mention the need for such a group, where like-minded people 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 West Virginia Institute and Regional Technology Park, service providers expected 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, West Virginia Small Business Development Center, US Small Business Administration, West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance, West Virginia University Encove Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and 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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