Date: September 18, 2013
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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Wednesday, Sept. 18
Charleston Area Alliance
1116 Smith Street
Thrive is a crowdfunding initiative to generate capital for Kanawha Valley-based businesses with 30 employees or fewer.
The event will occur on Sept. 18 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Charleston Area Alliance at 1116 Smith Street.
How does it work?
A blind panel selects four entrepreneurs to be featured as part "Thrive." In partnership with Robinson Creative, these entrepreneurs will produce 60-second pitch videos to promote their business and need for crowd funds.
Stacy Jarrell will be the featured photographer at the event.
Pitch videos will be released on Sept. 4 for public viewing. Entrepreneurs will attend the event on Sept. 18 where they will be available to answer questions to community attendees.
Where does the capital come from?
To attend and participate in the event, community members will pay $20 ($21 if you pay online) a ticket. In return, they will get to partake in food and beverages, 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.
$20 x 50 attendees = $1,000
$20 x 100 attendees = $2,000
$20 x 150 attendees = $3,000
Thrive is an initiative of the Charleston Area Alliance. Project partners include Generation Charleston, the Alliance's young professionals group, Mountaineer Capital, Terrell Ellis & Associates, WV Jobs Investment Trust Board, BB&T and Industrial Bolting.
The Sept. 18 event will be a featured attraction in the "Work " element of Generation Charleston's Urban Living Event.
$20 will directly support the entrepreneur. The extra $1 covers online processing fees. Tickets will also be sold at the door for $20. Cash preferable.