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Two WVU engineering students build innovative idea into a software platform business


By the time industrial engineering students Kyle Gillis and James Carnes graduated from West Virginia University, they had already assembled an impressive list of accomplishments.

  • Competed in multiple business competitions, which helped them refine and fund their ideas.

  • Launched their own business, Iconic Air, a software platform designed to monitor leak emissions, analyze the data, and provide analytical reports that enable companies to make informed decisions. Gillis is the cofounder and chief executive officer. Carnes is the cofounder and chief technology officer.

  • Named to the 2021 Forbes 30 under 30 list of top young entrepreneurs

  • Won a $700,000 contract with the U.S. Air Force. 

Learn more about these entrepreneurs from the West Virginia Small Business Center