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StartWheel Newsletter

Volume 2 | Issue 3

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

What We Do

StartWheel is a centralized hub for news, events, and resources related to entrepreneurship and innovation in Hampton Roads. We aim to support and cultivate the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem. Check out our website at to learn how you can join us and connect with the community.

We hit the streets (co-working spaces, incubators, universities, etc.) to cover startups, resources, and events you should know about—and deliver them to your inbox, social media feed, and on the web.

Application Deadlines

ICAP Lean Startup Short Course
Applications due Mar. 15

ICAP helps inventors and entrepreneurs take the right first steps in bringing new technologies and innovations to market.
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757 Angels
Applications due Mar. 20

Learn more about the application and screening process...
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FedEx Small Business Grant Contest
Applications due Mar. 25

$50,000 top prize!
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Next Applications due Apr. 29

$757 cash prize...apply today!
Upcoming Event Mar. 19th @ CNU
Subscribe to our YouTube Channel to see past pitches.
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Top Stories

Women Entrepreneurs Gather in Williamsburg to Raise Awareness and Capital

More than 225 people, mostly women, gathered at William & Mary on Feb. 21 to “raise awareness, raise capital and raise the bar” for up-and-coming entrepreneurs and potential investors.
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Brookings Cites “Honest Collaboration” as Strength in Hampton Roads’ Amazon HQ2 Bid

An article published last week by Brookings mentioned Hampton Roads as offering a stronger case than most for inter-regional collaboration..
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Pharrell to Launch Music Festival in Virginia Beach in April

The Grammy-winning superstar announced Monday SOMETHING IN THE WATER, a multi-day event he’s calling a “cultural experience” that will debut April 26-28.
[Read More...], Village Capital Launch Abaca to Fix Fundraising for Entrepreneurs and Investors

Abaca’s mission is to make benchmarking the progress of your company easy and to give entrepreneurs a common language to use with investors, mentors and their team as they seek capital and resources.
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Resource Rally

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


Based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and engage with their communities over a million cups of coffee, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation developed 1 Million Cups (1MC) in 2012—a free program designed to educate, engage and inspire entrepreneurs around the country. Through the power of volunteers, 1MC has grown to more than 180 communities.

1MC is a weekly meetup Wednesday mornings from 9am-10am. Hampton Roads is home to two chapters, Virginia Beach and Greater Williamsburg. There's no cost to attend. You'll be in the company of other entrepreneurs who love helping one another craft a better pitch and fine tune their business models.

If you're interested in getting feedback from an audience of peers, or to get your feet wet pitching to a's super easy to apply and get on the calendar. 1MC especially helpful if you're in the running for higher-stakes pitch competitions or engaging with investors.

StartWheel will be presenting on Wednesday, March 13th at 1MC Virginia Beach (Statford University).

Visit 1MC Virginia Beach
Visit 1MC Greater Williamsburg
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Upcoming Events

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Mar. 12, 2019

5:30 - 7:00pm
ODU Innovation Center
501-B Boush St.
Norfolk, VA 23510

Blockchain Empowered Data Science

Learn about business use cases of Blockchain technology in cryptocurrency and beyond.
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Mar. 15, 2019

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

Marketers Anonymous: Lauren Smith

Hear success stories first-hand, learn cutting-edge marketing tactics, discover the latest industry research and insights, and get to know others in the local marketing community.
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Mar. 14, 2019

South University
301 Bendix Rd., Ste. 100
Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Startup Night @ South University

Meet other entrepreneurs, investors and business enthusiasts who come together to network and watch demos of hot new local technologies, startups and businesses.
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Mar. 12, 2019

6:00pm - 8:00pm
Center Street Grill
5101 Center St.
Williamsburg, VA 23188

Williamsburg Software Developers Meetup

Members are involved in conceptualizing, designing, developing, testing, marketing and deploying software.
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Mar. 19, 2019

5:30pm - 8:30pm
CNU McMurran Hall
Newport News, VA 23606

757Pitch March 2019

Join us as five teams compete at our 11th 757Pitch competition. Winner takes home $757 and up to $10K in prizes.
[RSVP Here...]

Mar. 20, 2019

8:30am - 9:30am
838 Granby St.
Norfolk, VA 23510

Retail Alliance: How to Create Your Own Graphics For Free

Discussion and presentation of free and cheap software to use for all your design needs (ads, social media, flyers, newsletters, and coupons) with Alexandra Walker
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Mar. 28, 2019

9:00am - 3:00pm
838 Granby St.
Norfolk, VA 23510

Free 1-on-1 Mentoring w/ Jim Carroll

Have questions on getting your business started? Jim Carroll, the Executive Director of the Hampton Roads Small Business Development Center will be at the Launchpad to work with you.
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Apr. 5-6, 2019

Multiple Venues
Granby Street & Vacinity
Norfolk, VA 23510

I|E Series on Granby

Kicking off a collective of events in Hampton Roads celebrating, showcasing, educating, and inspiring innovators and entrepreneurs. 
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Apr. 12-14, 2019

Granby Theatre
Norfolk, VA 23510

Social Media Marketing Made Easy Conference

Digital marketing topics will include Facebook, Instagram, Etsy, YouTube, email marketing, Messenger bots, Google, search engine optimization and websites.
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