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How West Virginia And Oklahoma Are Rising From The Bottom With Guidance And Supercomputers

Two different plans in two of our lowest-rated states.


Supercomputer for everyone!

Launched: May 2013, in Tulsa, Oklahoma
Goal: Jump-start an innovation hub by letting local startups plug into an ultra-powerful, centrally located computer
Funding: U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) and local donors


Guidance for everyone!

Launched: March 2012, across West Virginia
Goal: Help startups find investors, mentors, and legal advice through a new program, StartUp West Virginia Venture
Funding: Grant from the EDA, with matching state funds

[Image: Flickr user Jared Tarbell]

A version of this article appeared in the May 2013 issue of Fast Company magazine.