Kings Mill Depot

Weinstock Venture Investment Fund

Have an idea you're ready to turn into a business?

The Weinstock Venture Investment Fund is specifically designed to help York College students and recent alumni take their business from idea to implementation. Through funding, education, mentorship and access to angel investors, students will get all the resources they need to think like an entrepreneur and make their business a reality, all while still enrolled in school!

Here's how it works:

York College students and recent alumni interested in applying to the fund can expect to go through 3 steps:

  • Step 1: Apply, pitch, and if selected, receive seed funding (up to $5,000!)
  • Step 2: Participate in the J.D. Brown Center McNees Accelerator to help your business get off the ground
  • Step 3: Potential to receive additional funding

Applications for the fourth annual Weinstock Venture Investment Fund will open in the Fall!

Five people sit around a table, pointing at documents and a brainstorming board

About the Fund

The Weinstock Venture Investment Fund (WVIF) was founded and funded by York College alumni Norm Weinstock '58. Norm earned his Associate degree from York Junior College, and has since enjoyed lengthy, successful careers at both Dentsply International and Henry Schein.

Kaitlin Dannenberg in the lab
Kaitlin Dannenberg '25, KRAM

Year Three Winner

Kaitlin Dannenberg ’25 has always had a passion for the environment, receiving inspiration and mentorship from her late father, Mark. After enrolling at York College in the Environmental Horticulture program, Dannenberg believed she could help those in need with KRAM, a company that is developing innovative new systems for home hydroponics that allows individuals to legally grow medical marijuana, in their own home, at a significance savings compared to other sources.

Meet the Board

The executive board of the WVIF consists of its founder and a number of successful entrepreneurs and College staff who all wish to see students succeed in entrepreneurship while still attending school.

Norm Weinstock Patti Stirk Stephen Weinstock   A YCP Weinstock Board Member

Norm Weinstock '58
Retired President and Chairman,
Zahn Dental Company

  Patti Stirk '87/'99
President and CEO,
Star Systems Engineering, Inc.
d/b/a SMALL STAR Art House
  Stephen Weinstock
Owner, Stock's on 2nd
Serial Restaurateur
  Martin Fedorko
Managing Partner,
White Rose Venture Fund
Brent Wrisley   Jeff Vermeulen     Oscar Winters   Headshot of Brian Biddulph-Krentar
Brent Wrisley
CEO, Punch Cyber
Analytics Group
  Jeff Vermeulen
Assistant Vice President
of External Relations,
York College 
  Oscar Winters '14
Associate Director,
J.D. Brown Center
for Entrepreneurship
  Brian Biddulph-Krentar '97
Chief Strategy Officer,
School Sims

Contact Us
J.D. Brown Center for Entrepreneurship
Jeff Vermeulen, Executive Director
Grantley Hall, Room 127
Phone: 717.815.6601
8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Oscar Winters, Associate Director
Kings Mill Depot, Room 105

Kings Mill Depot is located on Kings Mill Road between Grantley Road and S. Penn Street.