The North Central Chapter of the West Virginia Entrepreneurs Forum will learn the secrets of securing venture funding when it meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the National Research Center for Coal and Energy on West Virginia University’s Evansdale Campus.

Sean Sebastian, a founding partner of Birchmere Ventures, will provide insight into those strategies that will differentiate start-ups in the highly competitive capitalization market. Birchmere Ventures is a $75 million early stage Mid-Atlantic venture fund with investments that include Cvent, FreeMarkets, Lightningcast, CoManage, ServiceWare, MediaSite and NeoLinear. Sebastian is also president of the Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association and executive committee member of the Pittsburgh Technology Council.

WVU President David C. Hardesty Jr., a supporter of the WVEF , will introduce Sebastian.

Roger Duckworth, vice president for technology management of the West Virginia High Technology Consortium Foundation, will also give a presentation. Duckworth will speak about the processes and resources his organization has established that will assist entrepreneurs to take their innovations from idea to commercial success.

The High Tech Consortium Foundation is sponsoring the meeting.

The North Central Chapter WVEF meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month. Meetings are free and open to the public. Monthly programs include networking with a variety of business professionals, including venture capitalists, private investors, industry experts, business service providers, inventors and other successful entrepreneurs.

Additional information, including meeting location, can be obtained by viewing the WVEF website athttp://www.wvef.orgor calling Jamie Antonini at 304-292-3311 at the Morgantown Chamber of Commerce. To obtain future meeting announcements via e-mail, individuals may register on the”contact us”page on the WVEF website.