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StartWheel Newsletter

Volume 2 | Issue 8

Your source for Hampton Roads' startup and innovation news.
Read on for stories, events, and resources you need to know about!

What We Do is Hampton Roads' hub for news, events, and resources related to entrepreneurship and innovation. We partner with other organizations in effort to support and cultivate the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Urgent Matters

757Pitch Competition
Deadline Aug. 26!

FREE bi-monthly pitch competition with $757 cash prize.
[Apply Today!]

757 Angels
Applications Due Sept. 18

One of the most active angel groups in the country! Over 120 local member investors...
[Learn More]

Vote: CoVaBiz BOB (Best of Business) Awards

Voting ends Aug. 30th. Winners will be published in the December/January 2019/20  Issue of  CoVa Biz Magazine.
[Read More...]

Top Stories

757 Accelerate Names Six New Companies for Mentorship Program

We are really excited about the strength of the founders chosen for cohort 2 and the fact that they represent a diverse mix of local and out-of-area companies addressing big problems
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Workforce Council Announces Second Year of Events for Prospective Entrepreneurs

The workforce development organization recently announced details for the second year of its free Biz Cafe event series.
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Start Peninsula to Host Startup Pitch Training Workshops

Are you planning to pitch your business idea at Start Peninsula, 757Pitch, or to real investors? You won’t want to miss this opportunity!
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Who Won 757Pitch: July 2019 Edition

We had a great turnout at Ferguson Ventures last month for 757Pitch’s 13th edition. We heard from five energetic startup teams about the big ideas they’re working on.
[Read More...]
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Resource Rally

Each newsletter edition we highlight a local resource that can help grow your business.


The Old Dominion University Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (IIE) is a one-stop shop for the community, students, faculty/staff and alumni seeking resources and services for innovation, entrepreneurship, and new enterprises and programs. We help build lasting relationships between the community, industry and academia to improve society and the economy.

IIE serves two important roles:

  1. Act as the liaison between the University, community and industry to advance entrepreneurial endeavors, and;
  2. Assist in strengthening the innovation ecosystem at ODU, in Hampton Roads and the Commonwealth.

The Institute contains the Strome Entrepreneurial Center (SEC), Innovation Center NorfolkTempo, the Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC), the Women's Business Center(WBC), and the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC). Affiliated centers are funded through a mix of federal grant programs, below-market-rate fees, and private philanthropy to keep nearly all the programming affordable and, in many cases, free of charge for participants.

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Upcoming Events

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Every Wednesday!

Williamsburg & Virginia Beach

1 Million Cups

A place where founders can practice their pitches and get feedback from in a comfortable environment.
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August 20, 2019

Coaster Coffee
8418 Tidewater Dr.
Norfolk, VA 23518

Ocean View BIZ Cafe

Come learn how to become a vendor with the City of Norfolk and how to bid on contracts!
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August 21, 2019

Retail Alliance
838 Granby St.
Norfolk, VA 23510

How to Build Customer Loyalty

Part of Retail Alliance's STRIVE Workshop Series 
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August 22, 2019

6:00pm - 9:00pm
Gather Norfolk
16th Floor
500 E. Main St.
Norfolk, VA 23510

DEF Hampton Roads Link & Learn

We’ve got a great evening planned that will include Ken Inglesby sharing about leading yourself as an entrepreneur, John Wayne Mullins, who is excited to share about creating values-based businesses. 
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August 29, 2019

10:30am - 12:30pm
ODU Veteran Business Outreach Center
112 Bank St.
Norfolk, VA 23510

Introduction to QuickBooks Online Seminar

Whether you're new to QuickBooks or have already used earlier versions of this accounting software program, this course will allow you to take control of the financial accounting for your business.
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September 4, 2019

6:00am - 8:00pm
21 Enterprise Parkway, Suite 100 
Hampton, VA 23666

Pitch Perfect @ VA Peninsula Chamber of Commerce

Are you planning to pitch your business idea at Start Peninsula? If so, then you won’t want to miss this Pitch Perfect Training Session leading up to the big event!
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September 11, 2019

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Piggly Wiggly Community Room
3101 Jefferson Ave.
Newport News, VA 23607

Pivot Point: Recognizing When Change is Needed

This event will feature keynote speaker Bill Dittmar of Executive Fusion, as well as networking and Q&A.
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September 20, 2019

11:30am - 1:00pm
Blue Moon Taphouse
333 Waterside Dr.
Norfolk, VA 23510

Marketers Anonymous: Marketing in Regulated Industries

Guest speakers include Danijel Velicki and Donje Putnam. Hosted by Array Digital.
[Read More...]
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