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  • Thrive 2016

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    Name: Thrive 2016
    Date: October 19, 2016
    Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM EDT
    Registration: Register Now
    Event Description:
    Thrive is the Alliance's annual in-person crowdfunding event where local entrepreneurs take center stage and pitch their ideas to a crowd of voters in an effort to take home the first-place cash prize.

    To be eligible, your business may be in the idea stage (pre-venture) or already operating. The business must be located within the Charleston area, and have fewer than 20 employees. Entrants are welcome from all industries and backgrounds, including past Thrive competitors.

    Applications must be submitted by 5pm on Friday, September 30. To access the application, CLICK HERE.

    Attendees of the event are charged $25, which includes refreshments and one vote. Following entrepreneurs' pitches, the crowd will cast votes for their favorite innovators, and the first-place winner will be announced.

    All proceeds from ticket sales go directly to the prize pool for the competing entrepreneurs and are combined with sponsorship funding. The cash prize pool is pre-seeded with $1,500 thanks to the generous support of our sponsors: Appalachian Power/AEP, Bowles Rice and CAMC.

    For any questions regarding entering the competition, attending the live pitch event, or about Thrive in general, please contact Cody Schuler (CSchuler@CharlestonAreaAlliance | (304) 340-4253
    Event Sponsors:
    • Appalachian Power/AEP
    • Bowles Rice LLP
    • Charleston Area Medical Center
    Women's Club of Charleston
    1600 Virginia Street E
    Charleston, WV  25311
    Date/Time Information:
    Wednesday, October 19
    Contact Information:
    Cody Schuler (304) 340-4253
    Pre-registration is strongly encouraged to help with securing an accurate catering count.

    A $25 ticket fee covers your admission to the event, refreshments, and one vote for your favorite entrepreneur. Tickets are available at the door or by registering online with credit card (a $1.50 processing fee will be added).
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