Shaw to lead RCBI’s new statewide business accelerator
Nov. 28, 2016
HUNTINGTON — Business development expert Bryan Shaw of Hurricane has been named director of the new Ten50 Business Accelerator at the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI).
Shaw, who earned a master’s degree in business administration, has 15 years of corporate management experience in marketing and business-to-business sales. An entrepreneur himself, he started Scaleable Ventures Inc., and is a co-founder of marketing platforms Two-Cents and Social Funnel. Shaw most recently served as business coach for the West Virginia Small Business Development Center.
“Bryan’s broad experience working with startups and his extensive background as a successful business owner and entrepreneur uniquely position him to guide our Ten50 Business Accelerator,” said Charlotte Weber, RCBI Director & CEO. “Bryan has a proven track record of forging partnerships with educational organizations, economic development groups and financial institutions to support business and job creation.”
Shaw was instrumental in organizing the first StartUp Weekend West Virginia, an intense, 72-hour event in which teams of entrepreneurs develop and launch new businesses in a single weekend. The next StartUp Weekend West Virginia is scheduled for spring 2017.
RCBI created the Ten50 Business Accelerator to drive innovation, entrepreneurship, economic development and ultimately job creation by supporting early-stage, growth-driven companies. Ten50 is the only West Virginia member of the prestigious Global Accelerator Network, a group of more than 70 business accelerators around the world that share best practices and connect startup businesses with potential investors.
Companies and entrepreneurs who demonstrate the greatest potential will receive seed funding, office space, software perks, specialized training, mentoring and preparation for outside financing.
Ten50 accelerator participants will have access to RCBI’s statewide Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centers in Huntington, Charleston and Bridgeport that offer specialized training and more than $20 million of leading-edge prototyping and production equipment, including Additive Manufacturing technology with 3D Printers.