The results of the 2023 RISE Business Pitch Competition are in!
Read our blog to see who received funding at the 2023 RISE Business Pitch Competition and how they are planning to use it to start or grow their businesses in Southern Virginia.
Tuesday, March 28, 2023
Southern Virginia Higher Education Center – Innovation Center
Please park in the large parking lot on the south side of the building. The front entrance is accessed through this parking lot. When entering through the front door, take a left at the front desk and use the elevator or stairs to get down to the bottom floor. The event will be held in the tiered classroom on the bottom floor of the SVHEC Innovation Center.
Schedule of Events
Please feel free to stay the entire time, or come for a portion of the event.
|3:30 PM||Doors Open|
|3:30 – 4:00 PM||Check-in Begins|
|4:00 – 4:30 PM||Check-in & Networking, Headshots & Group Photos, Light Refreshments|
|4:30 – 4:35 PM||Welcome & Remarks|
|4:35 – 4:40 PM||Transition to Pitches|
|4:40 – 5:34 PM||Team Pitches with Q&A with Judges|
|5:34 – 5:44 PM||Break|
|5:44 – 6:38 PM||Team Pitches with Q&A with Judges|
|6:38 – 6:48 PM||Break|
|6:48 – 7:45 PM||Team Pitches with Q&A with Judges|
|7:45 PM||Pitch Event Ends|
|7:45 – 8:00 PM||Judges Conference (Private)|
Attend the Pitch Competition
Tuesday, March 28, 2023
4pm-8pm in South Boston, VA
What to Expect
- We strive to provide a fun, friendly, fast-paced pitch competition experience. Competitors should arrive and check-in at the event no later than 1 hour before their scheduled pitch time.
- Slides will be preloaded. There will be a clicker available to competitors so they can advance their own slides.
- Competitors will have 5 minutes to pitch and another 5 minutes for Q&A with the judges.
- Once the time is up, the speaker may finish his or her sentence.
- The event will adjourn at the conclusion of the pitches.
- Judges will confer in a private session after the pitch event.
- Winners of the Business Pitch Competition will be announced during a virtual celebration event on April 4 at 6:00pm.
2023 Competition Awards
RISE Collaborative will distribute over $16,000 in prize funds through the inaugural RISE Business Pitch Competition. Businesses are eligible to compete in either the Startup or Grow category.
- Multiple $1,000 awards are available.
- 1st Place: $5,000
- 2nd Place: $4,000
- 3rd Place: $3,000
Women-Owned Business Category:
The SOVA Female Founders Fund for Women-Owned Businesses is intended to provide additional support and encouragement to female entrepreneurs demonstrating perseverance in pursuing their vision. The minimum award amount is $1,000. To qualify, businesses must be at least 51% owned by a woman, as self-reported. Priority will be given to qualified entrepreneurs who demonstrate grit defined as the "perseverance and passion for long-term goals" and the ability to overcome obstacles. Businesses may win this award, whether or not they also win a Startup or Grow award.
Donate to the Female Founders Fund
Want to support a passionate female founder in growing her business? You can do that by donating to the RISE Female Founders Fund for Women-Owned Businesses.
To donate, please download and complete the form below or email email@example.com.
Order of Pitches
1 – RCFlyBy
2 – The Appalachian Glamping Company
3 – The Cheesecake Lady
4 – Valhalla Organics
5 – Frankie’s Spicy Farm
6 – Premier Endeavors
7 – LEZEAL Enterprises
8 – GW Custom Design
9 – Toasted by Southern Plenty
10 – Succor Solutions
11 – Harris & Sons Septic, LLC
12 – B&C Brewing Co.
13 – Factory Street Brewing Co.
*Subject to change.
Meet the 2023 Business Plan Competition Judges
Dr. Julie Brown
2 Witches Winery & Brewing Co.
A Great Escape Spalon
Southern Virginia Higher Education Center
Crater SBDC of Longwood University
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