Grow your network and build your business

RISE Collaborative meetups are open to all entrepreneurs, business owners, and business resource providers in Southern and South Central Virginia. Please pre-register so we know you plan to attend.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2024 – 2:00-5:30pm

RISE Business Pitch Competition (BPC)

The 2nd Annual RISE Business Pitch Competition is a region-wide business pitch competition hosted in Southern Virginia. Businesses will pitch for a chance to win prize funds to start or grow.

There is no fee to apply or attend. The competition will include businesses and entrepreneurs selected from the pool of applicants. The application is open to individuals who do business or plan to do business in one of the fifteen GO Virginia Region 3 localities, have completed an approved entrepreneurship course, and whose small businesses are early in the start-up phase, already in operation, or anywhere in between.

The competition will take place at the SVHEC Innovation Center (605 Seymour Drive, South Boston, VA 24592) from 2:00-5:30pm. Pitches will begin at 3:00pm. After the pitches, there will be a entepreneur & resource showcase beginning at 4:30pm.

The application to pitch at the 2024 RISE Business Pitch Competition is now closed. Register to attend the event as an audience member below!

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Thursday, June 27, 2024 – 6:00-7:00pm on Zoom

2024 RISE Business Pitch Competition Awards Event

Join us virtually for the 2024 RISE Business Pitch Competition Awards Event! Recorded for your convenience, this event will include the presentation of the 2024 RISE Business Pitch Competition awards, recognize the achievements of the Winter 2024 RISE Business Bootcamp cohort, and express gratitude to our esteemed sponsors.

Thursday, August 15, 2024 – 12:00pm-1:00pm on Zoom

RISE Grapevine Monthly Virtual Meetup

The RISE Grapevine Monthly Virtual Meetup is a virtual gathering of diverse, creative, and inclusive entrepreneurs and ecosystem builders from across Southern Virginia. During each monthly meeting, we share updates from local and regional entrepreneurs support organizations. 

Guest Speaker:  To be announced

SAVE THE DATE!  October 18-19, 2024

RISE Regional Innovation Summit for Entrepreneurs

“Meet the Moment”

Make plans to attend the RISE Regional Innovation Summit for Entrepreneurs for day of learning about how to be prepared to put your best foot forward in the moment an opportunity comes your way!

Stay tuned for more details about the event!

Interested in volunteering on the planning committee for this event? Contact hello@sovarise.com.

Recent Meetups

Lunch and Learn: Succession Planning

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Stanley Jeffress and Cathy Hart Barksdale, former and current owners of Jeffress Funeral Home, shared their experience and tips for succession planning for a business.

Rise & Shine Entrepreneur Meetup – Brunswick County

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Mike King of “On the Mic with Mike” spoke to the group on the topic of “Navigating Your Entrepreneurial Ecosystem”.

Network & Learn: Marketing with Amanda Day Rose

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Amanda Day Rose of Wister’s shared her expertise and advice on digital and social media marketing for small businesses.