Start Peninsula returns for the 2018 season!
November 2–4, 2018
Applied Research Center
12050 Jefferson Ave., Ste. 721
Newport News, VA 23606
$5,000 cash to top 3 finalists!
Do you have a business idea or invention and need funding or guidance to get it off the ground? Then clear your calendar November, 2-4, 2018 for Start Peninsula! This building extravaganza for entrepreneurs in Hampton Roads will bring together dozens of passionate entrepreneurs and business leaders under one roof with one purpose: To identify the best ideas and create new businesses within one weekend.
At Start Peninsula you can access the tools, resources and talent you need to get your idea off the drawing board and into the marketplace. From a pool of more than 30 business ideas pitched on Friday night, 10 semi-finalists are selected to pitch again on Sunday for a chance to win up to $5,000 cash and other important resources for growing businesses.
Applications are open to the public. You must be WILLING to apply for a business license in a Peninsula municipality.
by Chris Shelton, Executive Director of StartWheel.org
Business plan competitions have been around for decades, but they get a lot more attention these days.
Local startup NASONI received most of their very-early-stage funding through winnings from competitions—for example, they won 2015 Start Peninsula and 757Pitch in July 2017. You may recall the Virginia Velocity Tour in 2016, which showcased some of Virginia’s most promising startups, including Hampton Roads-based Hamilton Perkins (who won $25,000). There are plenty of competitions open to the public. As well, many MBA programs across the country, and the world for that matter, are grooming students to participate (and win) competitions. [Read more…] about Business Plan Competitions: A Source for Non-Dilutive Funding
From Inside Business
Executive director of 757 Accelerate Evans McMillion called the program’s selection into GAN a game-changer.
GAN is a worldwide community of independent accelerators, partners and investors whose mission is to give startups the power to create and grow their businesses wherever they are, according to its website.
The two key elements to doing that are human and financial capital.
From Inside Business
RISE, the nonprofit focused on seeking solutions to the problems coastal communities face with sea level rise and recurrent flooding, is rising to the occasion with a new challenge.
The Coastal Community Resilience Challenge is open to teams worldwide and seeks innovative technology-based solutions that address any of five resilience topics. Those include water management, data analytics, building viability, critical utility installation and disconnected communities.
The approaches must be applicable to Hampton Roads, but also be relevant to other similar communities throughout the world.