From our friends at the Ben Franklin Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center. Glad we could support this year’s contest, and again congratulations to all the winners!
STATE COLLEGE, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Ben Franklin Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center (www.sgicc.org), has received a grant from the Benedum Foundation that will allow the 2013-2014 Innovation Competition to expand to include West Virginia.
“I want to thank the Benedum Foundation for providing us the support to expand the next competition to include innovators located in West Virginia. Applications for the 2013-2014 contest will be made available in November.”
The Shale Gas Innovation Contest has become a popular annual event. In May, 71 applicants participated from across Pennsylvania, vying for a total of $75,000 in prizes. The next contest will cover both Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and the SGICC has lined up three key partners to assist with marketing and helping identify applicants: TechConnectWV; INNOVA Commercialization Group; and the West Virginia University Office of Research & Economic Development.
Bill Hall, Director of SGICC, commented, “I want to thank the Benedum Foundation for providing us the support to expand the next competition to include innovators located in West Virginia. Applications for the 2013-2014 contest will be made available in November.”
Anne Barth, Executive Director of TechConnectWV noted, “We are really excited to partner with SGICC to make this contest a regional enterprise.”
Guy Peduto, Director of the INNOVA Commercialization Group, an initiative of the WV High Technology Consortium Foundation, also voiced his support. “I attended the recent Innovation Contest and was impressed by the technologies displayed. I know we have entrepreneurs in West Virginia exploring ideas that can impact the shale gas play, and INNOVA wants to help identify the opportunities and advance the most promising ones.”
Lindsay Emery, Business Development Manager at West Virginia University noted, “There are researchers at the University that have been exploring many aspects of the shale gas process. This contest may offer some of them an opportunity to have their ideas vetted.”
Sponsors are already lining up to support the 2013-2014 Contest including: Ben Franklin Technology Partners (http://www.benfranklin.org), Acorn Energy (http://acornenergy.com), CONSOL Energy (www.consolenergy.com), First National Bank (www.fnb-online.com), Little Pine Resources (http://littlepineresources.com), the Marcellus Shale Coalition (http://marcelluscoalition.org), and Praxair (www.praxair.com). SGICC welcomes the interest of other potential sponsors.
The Ben Franklin Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center is funded in part by the Department of Community & Economic Development and the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority. SGICC supports and commercializes early-stage technologies that enhance responsible stewardship of the environment while properly utilizing this energy asset.