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  • Thrive 2018

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    Name: Thrive 2018
    Date: November 14, 2018
    Time: 5:30 PM - 8:00 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. Previous Thrive winners include Katie Rugeley of The Initialed Life, Morgan Richards of Morgan Rhea and Emily Sokolosky of Base Camp Printing. 

    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 Sunday, Oct. 21. 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 $30 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 for the top vote-getter's capital investment. Click here for more information on Thrive sponsorship.
    Event Sponsors:



    Seed Fund Sponsor

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

    Date/Time Information:
    Wednesday, November 14
    Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for Entrepreneur Meet & Greet
    ​Program begins at 6:00 p.m. 

    Contact Information:
    Chris Ferro, Vice President of Economic Development
    Entry fees are combined with seed capital from event sponsors for the top vote-getter's capital investment.
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