The Inaugural 2019 WV Innovation & Business Model Competition ("WVIBMC") is the front-end complement to the traditional business plan competition, with specific attention given to idea generation and incubation, customer-driven innovation & iteration, and the development of a reliable business model based on market response.  For the 2019 WVIBMC, each participating institution will stage a campus-based Qualifying Event and determine an advancing Finalist.  Finalists will converge on Huntington, WV and Marshall University on April 6, 2019 in a tournament of champions pitch-based competition.  Top Prize is $5,000 to the best business model and all finalists guaranteed $500 (minimum) for their participation in the Finals Event.  All prize awards are distribute to the teams for use in further developing the business model.