Anne Barth is the Executive Director for Tech Connect LLC of Tech Connect located in Fairmont, West Virginia – in Marion  County. TechConnect West Virginia, is a non-profit organization focused on driving innovation, cultivating entrepreneurship and creating greater economic diversity.  With a coalition representing higher education, private industry and the public sector, TechConnect leads innovation-based economic development in the state. 

Under her leadership, Anne has helped to advance programs and initiatives that foster startups, commercialization and entrepreneurship, while also co-founding the West Virginia Women & Technology Conference. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the West Virginia Economic Development Authority, the WV Manufacturing Extension Partnership Advisory Committee, the West Virginia Science & Research Council, the West Virginia Bioscience Association, the NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium and Advantage Valley.





  • 3:22 Take a minute, fill in some gaps from that brief intro and give us a little behind the curtain look into your company.
  • 4:14 How did you get into this industry?
  • 6:28 What is your 30 second pitch?
  • 7:20 What is the thing you’re most excited about right now?
  • 12:18 What are the hot industries in technology in WV?
  • 15:10 What is the geographic area you serve?
  • 18:02 What are some exciting things happening in the tech space in WV?
  • 19:15 Positively West Virginia Commercial Break
  • 20:00 What’s the vision for your company – long term?
  • 20:37 What is the big challenge you’re facing right now?
  • 22:29 What is one piece of advice you would give to young business owners and entrepreneurs in West Virginia?
  • 26:21 What is the one thing you do every day that contributes to your success?
  • 26:59 What is one resource you use every day?
  • 27:26 What is one book you would recommend for aspiring entrepreneurs?

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