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Education, innovation and collaboration: How West Virginia is transforming into a startup state


Valued at $6.3 billion, and with offices all over the world, AI cloud leader DataRobot set up a hub in Vantage Venture’s offices in Morgantown, West Virginia, in 2021. During last month’s Bridging Innovation Week, I chaired a fireside chat with DataRobot CEO Dan Wright and West Virginia University President, E. Gordon Gee. Here, I’m sharing the key takeaways from our discussion.

“West Virginia is a state that is big enough to have every problem in this country but we’re one of the most unique entrepreneurial and creative environments in the country because we’re small and can experiment. We have solved problems, wicked and otherwise, that no one else can—our size and scale gives us opportunities that do not exist anywhere else,” Gee said.

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