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    November 28, 2017
    Register today for the Charleston Area Alliance’s annual Thrive competition, the organization’s community-based approach to supporting local entrepreneurs at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Dec. 5 at the University of Charleston Russell and Martha Wehrle Innovation Center.

    Presented with title sponsorship from Dow Chemical, Thrive allows entrepreneurs to take the stage to present their business plan, competing against one another for community members’ votes.
    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. Community member attendance fees are combined with seed capital from event sponsors for the winner’s capital investment. 

    Click here to get your ticket or you can purchase a ticket at the door.

    2017 Thrive finalists include: 

    Serenity of Stabilizers
    Serenity of Stabilizers is developing a set of hearing devices, which will reduce the decibel of sound for Autistic individuals. The main components of this device are a microphone, a speaker and an attenuator. If chosen the Thrive winner, the company will use the capital to hire an engineer to create this product and patent the new technology. 

    ​BrainWave Consulting Company, LLC
    BrainWave Consulting Company provides cybersecurity services for small/medium businesses and nonprofits including security awareness training, anti-malware and ransomware protection, protection for wired and wireless networks and server and workstation installations. The 
    company aims to provide its clients with robust, cost-effective cyber security solutions in order to better compete in the marketplace. If chosen the Thrive winner, BrainWave Consulting Company will purchase server and network equipment upgrades and expand marketing efforts.  

    Echo-Lit, LLC
    Echo-Lit creates and publishes unique, quality, educational and inspirational art prints for homes, classrooms and offices using the Kanawha Valley’s local talent pool. The company sells its prints through its website, Etsy Store and Amazon, shipping between 25-200 orders each day. If chosen the Thrive Winner, Echo-Lit will expand its office space and offer more art through its sales channels. The funding will be used to increase inventory, add a client meeting space, curate a small store front and hire a full-time employee devoted to customer service and marketing.

    Filmanatix provides high-quality video content for businesses – aiming to transform creative content into meaningful relationships. The company offers video production, personal branding and social media management services. If chosen the Thrive winner, Filmanatix will use the capital to hire up to two employees to add to the creative and sales team – bringing additional young talent to West Virginia. The funding will enable Filmanatix to take on more projects and continue to grow.

    Fun Fitness Kids Club
    Fun Fitness Kids Club is a mobile play area for babies and toddlers, offering a new and fun way to incorporate physical fitness at various types of events. The company’s toddler package promotes sensory, cognitive, social and physical activity for children under 5. If chosen the Thrive winner, Fun Fitness Kids Club will purchase additional kid’s fitness equipment and sponsor Kid’s Fitness Zones at area gyms and businesses with equipment, challenges, workouts and nutrition plans. The funding will also be used to create a Fit Bus, a retrofitted school bus with fitness equipment for use at events throughout the state.

    HC Consulting, LLC
    HC Consulting offers grant management services for nonprofit organizations, allowing development directors and associated staff to focus on building and maintaining important fundraising relationships. If chosen the Thrive winner, HC Consulting will use the capital to expand its business and open up to all nonprofit markets in West Virginia. With the funding, HC Consulting will travel to specified locations throughout the state to deliver its sales presentation to secure clientele and open office space in Charleston. 

    ​VoixRx Pridux, LLC 
    VoixRx is a new communication method between pharmacists and patients. Patients can choose to get their medication instructions in a specific language and receive it as an audio file. PriduX LLC has prototyped a fully-working version of VoixRx, which is a two platforms (website and app) service designed to solve language-barrier issues associated with medication compliance. If chosen the Thrive winner, VoixRx will use the funds to develop the final version of the service, advertise to bring awareness to patients and pharmacies and launch the service.  
    Chris Ferro, Vice President of Economic Development