Center for Entrepreneurship to Hold New Business Funding Event Mar. 20

Eric Corl, Co-Founder
Eric Corl, President,

Crowdfunding is one of the hottest trends in small business capitalization, and The Center for Entrepreneurship at the Gary E. West College of Business has announced an upcoming crowdfunding event for potential business owners who hope to get a new idea off the ground.  The Entrepreneurs’ Pitch Contest will be held March 20, 2013 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. in the Capitol Theater Ballroom in downtown Wheeling, WV.  This event is designed to invite local entrepreneurs and small business owners to present or “pitch” their ideas to a group of potential investors for funding.

Eric Corl, Founder and President of will give the keynote address.  Corl co-founded in 2011 to help entrepreneurs benefit from the recently passed JOBS Act Legislation, providing a platform to help small businesses raise capital.  Eric is a partner at Virtucon Ventures, a technology incubator that brings in-house ideas to market. A contributor to Forbes and The Washington Post, he was recently recognized by the White House as one of the most influential entrepreneurs under 30 with the Empact100.

Attendees will have five minutes to present their concept to the crowd and each member of the audience will have the opportunity to bid on their favorite project.  The winner of the event will take home the total of the bids from the audience and a special cash award provided by the event sponsors.

Anyone interested in learning about how crowdfunding works and supporting local entrepreneurs and the business community is encouraged to attend this event.

To make a reservation RSVP by March 15 to Carrie White at [email protected] or call 304-336-8699.

If you are an entrepreneur or someone with an innovative idea and would like to pitch for funding. or if you are an investor or potential investor and would like more information about funding the entrepreneurs, please contact Center for Entrepreneurship Director Carrie White at [email protected] (304-336-8159) for instructions at the above address or phone.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurship, the Gary E. West College of Business, and Vision Shared.