New startup event coming to Hampton Roads

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A regional consortium, including the Hampton Roads Partnership, The Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and regional incubators, will sponsor a new startup event. Start!Peninsula at the David Student Union at Christopher Newport University will devote the weekend of Nov.  30 – Dec. 2, to creating a dozen new businesses in 54 hours.  The approach is patterned after startup weekends happening across the U.S.  to promote economic growth

Thomas Flake, director of the Peninsula Technology Incubator said, in a statement, “We are proud to bring Start!Peninsula to the Peninsula and the Hampton Roads area for the first time. Start!Peninsula will catalyze the creation of high tech/high growth potential businesses by bringing all of the resources (ideas, technical and business expertise, and capital) together over one weekend to identify the most viable ideas and to invest resources in those ideas over an intensive weekend to jumpstart the businesses.”

The event is open to inventors, designers, students, programmers, engineers, sales, marketing, and business professionals.

Mike Kuhns, president of the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, said, “Start!Peninsula is something we need in this area. There are many intelligent people with brilliant ideas who do not have the resources needed to execute these ideas. Start!Peninsula is a wonderful gateway to pursue these ideas and can progressively and successfully change the local economy.”


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