Tech center receives entrepreneurial funds

Money to help TBEIC support energy ‘hackathon’

WARREN — The Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center was awarded $7,000 to support entrepreneurial programming.

The Burton D. Morgan Foundation funding, the first award of its kind in Warren, will be used to help the center, known as TBEIC, support its founders exchange and energy hackathon.

The founders exchange started in October and is held the last Monday of every month. The initiative brings together founders, entrepreneurs and anyone interested in startups to share information related to creating new businesses.

Participants in the energy hackathon get together and use technology and their collective skills to build solutions and solve problems around a common theme. TBEIC has partnered with Warren’s Waste Water Department to host a tour of the waste water plant on Friday to create problem statements.

The foundation was founded in 1967 to serve youth, collegiate and adult entrepreneurs through various educational and networking opportunities.

TBEIC, located in downtown Warren on Courthouse Square, is a federally funded business incubator focused on growing energy technologies and allied products such as advanced materials, electronics and efficiency control systems.