The Student Idea Summit is an experiential learning event designed for students to 

Share creative ideas and social innovations

Practice entrepreneurship mindset and innovative thinking

Meet and network with entrepreneurs and business people from Southern Virginia

Friday, May 6th, 2022


Virtual Event on Zoom

The countdown to the Student Idea Summit is on!








Choose One of Two Tracks

Generator Pitch Competition

For students who have completed the CO.STARTERS Generator program powered by RISE Collaborative.

Individual students or teams of students can compete in the competition by delivering a pitch to a team of judges. Students should pitch a product or service that explores innovative approaches to problems and opportunities. All ideas welcome! $3,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to the top teams/individuals!

Registration deadline for the Generator Pitch Competition is Friday, April 29. 

Innovation Workshop

For all other middle and high school students who are not pitching in the Generator Pitch Competition.

The workshop is designed to explore innovative and technology driven approaches to answering pressing community needs and to spark an atmosphere of innovative thinking and community impact. Students will select a breakout room based on the category most interesting to them.

Categories include:

Education, Alleviating Poverty, Health and Wellness, Environmental Sustainability, Quality of Life/Placemaking


Get Your Innovation Going!

Register today for the Student Idea Summit. Registration is free!

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