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    Name: Thrive
    Date: December 5, 2017
    Time: 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM EST
    Registration: Sorry, public registration for this event has been closed. Please call our office for assistance.
    Event Description:
    Thrive is a community-based approach to supporting local entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs take the stage to present their crowdfunding pitch campaigns in a fast-paced, interactive and educational environment. 

    Community members cast votes to support entrepreneurs, with the top vote-getting entrepreneur taking home a cash prize to scale up their operation. 

    How does it work?

    Whether you have a fantastic idea, are looking to expand or are a startup already operating – if you have a business or product that could use financial support, then apply to participate in Thrive. 
    • Entrepreneurs must complete an online application by Friday, Nov. 3. Click here to apply.
    • Applications are reviewed by an independent panel of judges who will select finalists to be featured at Thrive.
    • Leading up to the event, finalists meet with local business coaches to get tips and suggestions for their respective business plan presentations.
    • Finalists pitch business plans to promote their ideas and outline need for capital investment at Thrive.
    • Top vote-getting entrepreneur will take home cash prize to scale-up operations.
    Where does capital investment come from?

    Community members pay a $25 entry fee to attend Thrive, which gives them the opportunity to vote for an entrepreneur to support for capital investment.

    Entry fees are combined with seed capital from our event sponsors including Dow, CAMC, Appalachian Power, Bowles Rice, the University of Charleston, Industrial Bolting, Terrell Ellis & Associates, Vision Shared for the top vote-getter's capital investment. Click here for more information on Thrive sponsorship.
    Event Sponsors:

    Title Sponsor

    • Dow Chemical Company

    Supporting Sponsor

    Location:

    University of Charleston
    Russell and Martha Wehrle Innovation Center
    2300 MacCorkle Ave., SE
    Charleston, WV 25304
     

    Date/Time Information:
    Tuesday, Dec. 5
    Doors open at 5 p.m. for Entrepreneur Meet & Greet
    ​Program begins at 5:30 p.m. 

     
    Contact Information:
    Chris Ferro Vice President of Economic Development
    Fees/Admission:
    $25

    Entry fees are combined with seed capital from event sponsors for the top vote-getter's capital investment.
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