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COVID-19 UPDATE:

Out of an abundance of caution as COVID-19 continues to spread, and following advice from public health experts, we have decided to postpone this event, originally scheduled for April 1, 2020. Our highest priority is safeguarding the health and well-being of our statewide community. 

We will continue to provide updates to all those who have already purchased tickets to this event, as well as continue to make updates to this page. For those who have reserved a hotel room at the Embassy Suites or Charleston Marriott, please plan to cancel your reservation as soon as possible to avoid any cancellation fees. We are monitoring the global health situation and are looking to reschedule the conference as soon as it is deemed safe to hold such a large gathering.

Thank you for your support of this event and for your patience as we continue to work out the details of this change.

// Charleston Convention Center //
The WV Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Builders Conference will bring all aspects of entrepreneurship supporting organizations together for a day to build connections and discuss partnership and the future of entrepreneurship in WV. All of the attending partners are entrepreneurship-supporting organizations from local EDAs, to universities, government, and private firms supporting the entrepreneurs who are helping build a diversified economy in West Virginia under one roof and share their experiences, prox, and cons. Discussion of the innovative and recent trends in the business field will be the main criteria of the conference. This conference will have national speakers that will help us understand the emerging trends in the field and build upon our unique experiences in our state. You don't want to miss this!

Schedule

8:30 a.m.   Registration
9:00 a.m.     Showcase of Resources
Continental Breakfast
10:00 a.m.   Welcome
Bill Woodrum
10:15 a.m.   Opening Keynote
Andy Stoll
10:50 a.m.   Break
11:00 a.m. Panel Discussion: Building an Ecosystem
Andy Stoll, Joe Kapp, and Mary Hunt
Moderator: Monica Miller
11:50 a.m. Break
12:00 p.m.   Lunch - sponsored by CRAN
Kevin Combs
1:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions:
  • Entrepreneurship Collaboration (Terrell Ellis, Stacy Raffo)
  • Community Entrepreneurship (Nikki Bowman-Mills, Andrew Davis, Cathy Burns, & Stacy Raffo)
  • Entrepreneurship Education (Amber Ravenscroft, Rebecca White, Javier Reyes, Avinandan Mukherjee, & Laura McCullough)
  • Government's Role in Entrepreneurship (Mayor, County Commissioner, Ben Queen)
2:00 p.m. Panel Discussion: Breaking Down Barriers
Anne Barth, Mac Warner, and Michele Christian
Moderator: Bill Woodrum
3:00 p.m.     Closing/Takeaways/Next Steps
Tara St. Clair
3:30 p.m. Networking Happy Hour
Sponsored by Encova

Registration

Registration is now open and available for $20 per person. 
Click here to register now!

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