Announcing the Second Annual IdeaFest

The 2nd Annual IdeaFest kicked off with the IdeaJam on Thursday the 8th, as entrepreneurs gathered to pitch their ideas to experts and peers at 2 Witches Winery and Brewing Co.  IdeaJam was an informal meetup to spark connections between aspiring and experienced entrepreneurs, including an optional open-mic style opportunity to share business ideas with those in attendance. IdeaFest

IdeaFest itself will take place on Friday, February 27th from 11AM to 6PM at the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research, 150 Slayton Ave., Danville, VA.

The 2nd Annual IdeaFest will feature a free entrepreneurship skill-building workshop, a business pitch competition with $10,000 in prize money, and a networking reception. The main event is the fast-paced business pitch competition, in which 20 entrepreneurs will present a startup idea to a panel of judges and live audience.

Pre-registration is requested for workshop attendees, business pitch competition audience members, and reception attendees. Applications to pitch are due by February 1st. Pre-register and/or apply at

For more information please contact Lauren Mathena, project coordinator, at (434)250-1749 or [email protected].

This event was made possible by Southern Piedmont Technology Council (SPTC), VT KnowledgeWorks, The Launch Place, Davenport Energy, First Piedmont Waste Solutions, American National Bank, Danville Regional Foundation (DRF), Donnachaidh Associates, LLC, and Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, Inc.

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VT KnowledgeWorks

VT KnowledgeWorks encourages and enables creative entrepreneurship world-wide, through innovative curriculum, local business resource centers, and a global network of cooperating regions, all focused on three essential contributors to success: clear understanding of fundamental business principles; access to timely, relevant information; and meaningful personal and corporate relationships. It is a subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, supported by the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual. Its world headquarters are in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, BB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Interactive Achievement, Inc., Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, National Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Plastics One Inc., Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, UXB International, Inc., Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint

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