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Thrive puts the ‘fun’ in crowdfunding

For burgeoning entrepreneurs, cash capital is the lifeblood of their business. Now the Charleston Area Alliance is helping startups by giving them an infusion of cash in a fresh and inventive way.

Thrive is the Alliance’s new crowdfunding initiative, which will be used to generate capital for Kanawha Valley-based businesses with 30 or fewer employees.

Other partners in the project include the Arts Council of West Virginia, Create West Virginia, DigiSo and Generation Charleston.

Earlier this month, a blind panel selected the following nine entrepreneurs out of a pool of applicants:

These entrepreneurs will each produce 60-second pitch videos to promote their business and need for crowd funds.

The pitch videos will be released on the Alliance’s YouTube page on Sept. 5 for public viewing. Entrepreneurs will attend an event on Sept. 19 where they will be available to answer questions to community attendees.

Click here to register to attend.

To attend and participate in the event, community members will pay $20 a ticket. In return, they will get to partake in beverages and food, but more importantly, they get to vote for the entrepreneur or small business they want to support.

At the end of the night, the entrepreneur with the most votes will receive $20 times the number of attendees as cash capital to invest in their business. The fund will also be seeded with $500 from Vision Shared.

Jeff James, chairman of the entrepreneurial board of Vision Shared, said Thrive will be an important asset in the future of the Kanawha Valley.

“The most sustainable and prosperous regions of the world are based on entrepreneurship. Almost all of the nation’s net new jobs over the past decade have been from small business startups,” James said. “Any region that doesn’t have a vibrant startup culture is suffering from an economic prosperity perspective and we know that economic prosperity severely affects other quality of life factors, such as health.”

“Thrive and other events like this are very important to the future of Charleston,” said Eric Morris of Generation Charleston. ”Fostering a creative culture leads to new business ventures and ultimately more jobs for our people.”

The Alliance understands how important entrepreneurs are to our economy and business climate.

This new program is essential to our ongoing mission of creating jobs, enhancing our community and investing in people. We believe the progress of these entrepreneurs will help create jobs and let our future really take flight.

For any questions on Thrive, contact Cullen Naumoff at CNaumoff@CharlestonAreaAlliance.org or by phone at 304-340-4253.

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Don’t miss Business After Hours tonight starting at 5 p.m.

Touchdown Throwdown
Business After Hours
Tuesday, Aug. 28
5 – 7 p.m.
Holiday Inn & Suites Charleston West
400 2nd Avenue Southwest
South Charleston

Time is running out to get your early bird discount for tomorrow’s Business After Hours.

Enjoy the university-inspired festivities and experience the newly remodeled Holiday Inn and Suites Charleston West.

Join the fun in the tailgate-like atmosphere and build your team with new contacts through networking while enjoying great food at “Touchdown Throwdown,” which will feature local restaurants.

Formerly the Ramada Charleston, the hotel has transformed itself in to a full Conference Center with newly remodeled meeting space, contemporary and comfortable public areas and an indoor pool complex.

Wear your favorite team gear and come on down. It’s a great opportunity to mix and mingle with Charleston’s business professionals.

Click here to register for the event.

The event is scheduled from 5- 7 p.m.

The cost is $15 for Alliance members and $25 for future members. Online registration ends tomorrow at noon.

Prices at the door are $25 for Alliance members and $35 for future members.

The Alliance will be able to invoice only for groups of 10 or more. Contact Deb Coffman at DCoffman@CharlestonAreaAlliance.org for more information.

The Alliance cannot issue cancellation refunds within 48 hours of the event. Thank you!

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