When Gary and Stan were workign to launch Encorepreneur!, more than 5 years ago, their working name for the group was "What's Next RVA". At the time, both were working mostly with early satge, entrepreneurial businesses. So, naturally, a Metro Business Live event p[lanned for June 19th caught their eye. The event is called "RVA’s entrepreneurial ecosystem: What’s next?”
Entrepreneurs, startup founders, angel investors and others say more could be done to support budding businesses in the Richmond region.. The event will explore include a panel discussion on identifying steps that should be taken o continue feeding and growing the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. The panelists will be:
· Bryan Bostic, co-founder of Startup Virginia, who served as its interim executive director from August until May. Bostic also created and sold two companies and is an angel investor in some local ventures.
· Paul Trible III, co-founder and CEO of Ledbury, a seller — created in 2009 — of high-end men’s shirts, accessories and other clothing.
· Gwen Hurt, founder, CEO and general manager of Shoe Crazy Wine, which partners with various California and French wineries to make blends according to her specifications and then sells those under her label to dozens of stores, including selected Total Wine and More, Costco, Urban Farmhouse Market & Cafe and Kroger.
Richmond Times-Dispatch Business Editor Gregory J. Gilligan will moderate the discussion.
The event will be held at the RTD building at 300 E. Franklin St. The gathering, which includes a catered breakfast, will be from 7:15 to 9 a.m.