Co-Hosts

The Cottrell Center

Keiretsu Forum Mid-Atlantic

The Dr. Edwin Cottrell Entrepreneurial Leadership Center (CELC), at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, serves as a catalyst for regional economic development by promoting entrepreneurship across West Chester University, in Chester County, and throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania.

The Dr. Edwin Cottrell Entrepreneurial Leadership Center's mission is to enhance entrepreneurship literacy, to inspire students to engage in entrepreneurial ventures by exposing them first hand to entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial environments, and to foster economic development in the region by assisting startup firms as they move toward economic viability.

"Keiretsu" is the Japanese word for a family of affiliated companies that form a tight-knit alliance and work toward each other’s mutual success. Consistent with this definition, Keiretsu Forum is a conglomeration of serious investors, business leaders, venture capitalists, corporate/institutional investors and serial entrepreneurs bound by the goals of working together for each other’s mutual benefit, forming strategic partnerships, enhancing each other’s knowledge, building an angel network of diverse skills, and to access promising angel investment opportunities around the world.

With nearly 2,500 accredited investor members dispersed throughout 46 chapters on three continents, Keiretsu Forum is the world’s largest and most successful accredited investor - private equity community. Since Keiretsu Forum's founding in 2000, its members have invested more than $530 million in 450+ different companies from a myriad of industries, including software, telecommunications, health/life sciences, biotech, real estate, mobile applications, Internet, consumer products and other high growth areas.


Idea Partners

Business advice you can trust. Experience you can use.

Free Mentoring: With over 100 members representing hundreds of years of business experience, SCORE business professionals offer free mentoring that will help your business succeed. Each SCORE member is dedicated to delivering,valuable, timely and practical business advice. There is no charge for mentoring,no matter how many sessions are needed. Each session lasts about an hour, but the results last a lifetime.

Workshops + Events: SCORE provides an extensive variety of regularly scheduled free or low cost business workshops and seminars. From basic sessions on how to start and grow a business to hands on financial exercises, all workshops and seminars are designed to help you establish and grow a successful business.

Templates + Tools: With access to a wide variety of documents, templates and tools to assist you in starting or growing your business, the information provided here covers a wide range of subjects including initial business planning, capital sources, government agencies, and much more.


Sponsors

The Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce, a membership based not-for-profit, is the leading business organization focused on helping you make effective community and businesses contacts. Centrally located in the heart of Chester County, our networking, marketing and advertising opportunities will be the foundation for new business for your company. As the leading organization for local businesses and entrepreneurs, we focus on helping our members attain new customers, address their most serious business challenges, and become an integral part of our thriving community.

A leading global provider of asset management, investment processing, and investment operations solutions for institutional and personal wealth management.