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November 2021

Hey, everyone! It’s time for your quick dose of everything you need to know about entrepreneurship across #The757. 

As always, thank you for being a special part of the entrepreneurial community! 


Home Fashion Startup Modern Matter Raises $1.2 Million in Seed Round
In 2022, it will open a new design studio and fulfillment center in Downtown Norfolk, Virginia. Read more
VA Beach co-founded, Brinc, Launches Debut Brazil Accelerator Program and opens its Latin America Office
The program will be established in São Paulo, Brazil, to identify, invest, and support emerging FoodTech start-ups in the country’s fast-growing sustainable-food market. Read more
Expansive Co-working is Back and with Updated Pricing
“Because we know running your business never stops, we’ve dropped the rate and extended access hours!”, says Brittney White. Read more
Winners Announced for Start Peninsula 2021
Following four virtual micro pitch competitions and a final pitch competition, Start Peninsula is pleased to announce its three winners for 2021: Bonilla Pet Studio, EWedded and Pocket Properties App. Read more
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Tuesday, November 16th 

  • 9:00 - 10:30 am: Retail Alliance Ask an Expert STRIVE webinar [Register]

  • 10:00 - 11:00 am: Elevating Your Visuals on Social Media [Register]

  • 10:30 am - 12:00 pm: Finance Series: Difference Between Business and Personal Credit Scores [Register]

  • 12:00 - 1:00 pm: Make Better Business Decisions with Analytics [Register]
  • 12:30 - 1:30 pm: ODU Imagine That! U Version [Register]

  • 1:00 - 3:00 pm: Engage in Entrepreneurship: ODU WBC Orientation & SBA Web Resource Training [Register]

Wednesday, November 17th 

  • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm: Women Impact Virginia – The Entrepreneurial Mindset [Register]

  • 9:00 - 10:00am: 1 Million Cups [Register]

  • 10:00 - 11:00am: VIP: NSU Listen & Learn feat Nequosha Anderson [Register]

  • 10:00 - 11:00am: SWaM Information Session [Register]
  • 10:00 - 11:30am: Small Business Lending 101 – Are You Ready? [Register]

Thursday, November 18th 

Friday, November 19th 

  • ODU Social Entrepreneurship Weekend (19th-21st) [Register]

  • 9:00 - 10:30 am: Coffee with CIT GAP Funds [Register]

Saturday, November 20th 

  • 8:30am - 12:30pm: Ignite Business Series Pitch Competition: Audience Registration [Register]

Wednesday, November 24th 

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Fervent Four

#83: Caitlin Iseler: Happiness at Work and Home

Caitlin Iseler, Founder & CEO at happyly, joins the show to discuss her journey to founding, happylywhat to consider before going all-in on a startup, and the parallel's between athletics & entrepreneurship.

Interested in learning more? Watch the full show as well as mini clips on our website or YouTube page.  

#82: Elizabeth Duncan-Hawker: Standing Out in Business

Elizabeth Duncan-Hawker, Founder at Red Hawk Strategic Solutions, joins the show to discuss the importance of confidence & how to gain itwhat friendship exactly is, and how to use social media to make connections.

Interested in learning more? Watch the full show as well as mini clips on our website or YouTube page.  

#81: Bay McLaughlin: An Investor's POV on Raising $$$

Bay McLaughlin, Co-Founder at Brinc, joins the show to discuss his journey to becoming a venture capitalist, keys to building an innovative startup community, and his advice for Founders that are raising money.

Interested in learning more? Watch the full show as well as mini clips on our website or YouTube page.  

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