From Virginia Velocity Tour:
Virginia’s new and growing businesses are solving problems that matter to society – in health, biotechnology, security and other real-world industries. In September 2016, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe is hosting the Virginia Velocity Tour, a celebration of the entrepreneurs building Virginia’s 21st century economy. The tour is part of Governor McAuliffe’s Virginia Velocity business plan competition.
During the fall of 2016, the tour bus will travel the Commonwealth of Virginia to spotlight Virginia-based entrepreneurs. The tour will highlight the distinct strengths and economic advantages of cities across the Commonwealth, provide Virginia entrepreneurs with access and connections to help scale their businesses, and award $125,000 in equity-free grants over the course of five public pitch competitions.
Applications are now open to early-stage entrepreneurs from across the Commonwealth.* A total of 30-40 finalists will be selected to participate in the Virginia Velocity Tour.
From September 19-23, the tour bus will travel to five regions across the Commonwealth and celebrate an industry that the region is proud of:
- 9/19: Roanoke & Blacksburg-STEM & Energy
- 9/20: Richmond-Creativity & Manufacturing
- 9/21: Hampton Roads-Biotechnology & Health
- 9/22: Northern Virginia-Cybersecurity
- 9/23: Charlottesville-Food & Agriculture
At each of the 5 stops, 5-8 finalists from across the Commonwealth will participate in the day’s events based on the industry in which they work. Over the course of each day, the finalists will engage with local businesses, network with the region’s civic and business leaders, and participate in a public pitch competition, where one finalist will win a $25,000 equity-free grant prize.
*Note that the startup does not need to be based in a particular region to participate in that region’s events.
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