More than 325 freshman students from Old Dominion University pitched their ideas to a panel of more than 60 judges on Tuesday, April 23, 2018. The event, dubbed “First Look Challenge Business Pitch Competition,” has been held every semester since Fall 2015. The First Look Challenge is sponsored by Wells Fargo and led by Dr. Ryan Klinger, Associate Professor of Management at ODU Strome College of Business. StartWheel’s executive director, Chris Shelton, was among the 60+ judges representing a range of entrepreneurs, regional business leaders, bankers, accountants, and university professors, to name a few. “I’ve been impressed with the consistent increase in quality and level of competition from semester to semester. It’s been fascinating to see how far ODU’s entrepreneurial programming and curriculum has come in such a short time,” Shelton said.
Some of you have asked how we got so much press coverage with 757 Launch. Well, we didn’t do it on our own. It was a combined effort from all the event’s co-organizers—StartWheel, ODU, 757 Angels, 757 Accelerate, and Pilot Media, among others—and it would not have happened if we didn’t find ways to align our initiatives toward a common goal.
Tom Tom Founders Festival in Charlottesville, held yearly in April is one of Virginia’s best known gatherings to celebrate innovators, visionaries, creators, and artists across the state. This year’s festival, held April 9th-15th, hosted several entrepreneurs from Hampton Roads.
Working on a big idea? Is it innovative? Can it scale?
757Pitch, a bi-monthly pitch competition hosted in collaboration between StartWheel and ODU, showcases some of the region’s hottest and most promising startups.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The competition is held every other month (Jan, Mar, May, etc.) on the 3rd Tuesday.
CAN YOU SOLVE IT?
The 2018 NATO Innovation Challenge is here!
Click here to find out more and/or submit your abstract. Simple Abstracts are due April 15th, 2018.
The purpose of the NATO Innovation Challenge is to tap into the minds of innovative people and teams to find more effective and efficient ways for NATO, and other response organizations, to ensure security and respond to crisis situations. NATO is seeking hardware, software and concept solutions supporting: Data gathering, filtering, fusing, visualization and predictive analytics.
The NATO Innovation Challenge is an open competition – with final selectees pitching in person or remotely to a Paris distinguished panel of judges and audience May 29th.
How long does the Challenge run?
Pre-selected teams will have from 28 Apr to 26 May to develop their solution proposal that they will present on 29 May.
Who can participate?
Online or Onsite Participation?
Attending the Pitch Day onsite in Paris is optional. Everything can be done online.
Where can I find the Participant’s Agreement?
By participating in the Challenge you agree on the Official Rules.