Hampton Roads

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Stretching from the beautiful Virginia coastline to historic Williamsburg, Hampton Roads is one of of the
largest and fastest growing regions in the Commonwealth. Home to the largest naval base in the world
and over 80,000 active-duty military personnel, the region has recently distinguished itself with a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem that features national leaders in fields ranging from healthcare, life sciences, big data, marketing and consumer goods. A growing community of incubators, university thought leaders, mentors and investors have given rise to a new generation of startups.

The Hampton Roads region has come together to celebrate entrepreneurial momentum and to raise awareness of innovation in the region. Our tour stops traverse the region stopping in 4 cities culminating in a public pitch competition and reception. The pitch showcases pioneering health and biotech businesses from across the Commonwealth, and the reception provides a regional networking opportunity for the entire entrepreneurial ecosystem. This high energy tour will further catalyze the growth of the innovation economy.

Tour Schedule: Hampton Roads 9/21

Only events with an RSVP link are open to the public. All other events are invite-only.
  • Welcome Breakfast at Whole Foods Newport News

    8:00-9:00 am

    hosted by The City of Newport News

    A breakfast at Whole Foods, located in the new Virginia Tech Newport News research center, will kick off the tour day. This event is invite-only.

  • Startup Crawl: ivWatch

    9:30-10:15 am

    hosted by ivWatch

    Site visit at ivWatch, which helps aid in the early detection of peripheral IV infiltration and extravasation events through continuous monitoring of the IV site.

  • Luncheon at Slover Library

    11:30 am-12:45 pm

    hosted by the City of Norfolk

    This luncheon will convene local leaders for a discussion on how to create a scalable company in Hampton Roads. This event is invite-only.

  • Startup Crawl: Grow Digital Agency

    1:00-2:00 pm

    hosted by Grow Digital Agency

    Grow combines strategy, creative, and technology under one roof to help modern brands engage their audiences in new and unexpected ways.

  • Startup Crawl: ODU Strome Entrepreneurial Center

    2:30-3:15 pm

    hosted by ODU

    Old Dominion University is growing entrepreneurs who will create jobs and strengthen Virginia's economy.

  • Startup Crawl: LifeNet


    hosted by LifeNet

    For over 30 years, LifeNet Health has been the world's most trusted provider of transplant solutions—a leader in the field of regenerative medicine.

  • The Hampton Roads Pitch Competition


    hosted by the City of Virginia Beach

    Six finalists in the fields of health and biotechnology will pitch on stage at the Virginia Beach Aquarium for the chance to win $25,000. A reception with refreshments will follow.

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