Startup weekend revs up in Newport News

Nov 02, 2012
Startup weekend revs up in Newport News

Peninsula, start your engines.

Got a great idea for a business in Hampton, Newport News or environs? Test-drive it this month at the Hampton Roads Peninsula’s first startup weekend, which will introduce fledgling entrepreneurs to potential business partners in marketing, technology, finance and other industries.

“Start! Peninsula,” to be held Nov. 30-Dec. 2 at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, builds on the success of startup weekends nationwide, including local events in Hampton Roads. Participants share ideas, form teams and often launch companies on the spot.

The weekend begins Friday evening, when individuals give 60-second pitches of their business ideas. Teams are assembled based on the best ones, and members have all weekend to build a business proposal. Each team makes a five-minute presentation on Sunday evening. The event concludes with an awards ceremony for the best pitches. Winners receive 90 days of free office space, telephones, Internet and mentoring.

One such winner will share her story at the event. D8Night.com founder Brittany Hoffman won first place at April’s Start Norfolk 2.0, where the Virginia Beach resident teamed with designers and technical pros to develop a website offering creative, location-based date ideas.

Other speakers include Mark Cartwright, director of supplier diversity for the commonwealth of Virginia and Jim Cheng, Virginia’s secretary of labor and commerce.

Tickets range from $50 for students to $85 for general admission. To register, visit www.startpeninsula.com. For information about pre-event workshops on how to pitch, visit the Peninsula Technology Incubator’s website.



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