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Agriculture Entrepreneurs, Startups, Business Expansions

Center Street Pitch Competition

Local entrepreneurs are invited to pitch their next big idea for a chance to win $20,000 in prizes!  

Center Street Pitch Competition will award prizes to a Startup Business, a Business Expansion, and an Agriculture & Forestry Business in our local community. Each winner will walk away with $5,000 cash and free membership to Dominion Energy Innovation Center for a year.
 
Center Street Pitch Competition is sponsored by partners DEIC and Downtown Ashland Association to encourage entrepreneurship in our local community. Our organizations support small business owners year-round with mentorship, networking, and education.  Learn more about entrepreneurship initiatives at Downtown Ashland Association.

Who Can Compete?

Startup Business

Thinking of starting a business? Started recently and need a boost? This competition is for you! All industries and business models are welcome to apply. Three entrepreneurs will be selected to present  their startup business plan in a five-minute pitch during the showcase on March 28. One winner will be chosen by our expert panel for a $5,000 prize and DEIC membership.  

Business Expansion

Existing business owners are invited to share their next big idea to win seed funding. All industries and business models are welcome to apply. Three entrepreneurs will be selected to present their expansion plan in a five-minute pitch during the showcase on March 28. One winner will be chosen by our expert panel for a $5,000 prize and DEIC membership. 

Agriculture & Forestry

Starting or expanding a farm or forestry business? Innovating with food or fiber? Share your idea to win seed funding for entrepreneurship. Farm and forestry businesses in Hanover County or the greater Richmond MSA are invited to apply.  Three entrepreneurs will be selected to present their agricultural or forestry business plan in a five-minute pitch during the showcase on March 28.  Concluding the AG-X Business Planning Workshop Series, the Center Street Pitch Competition presents a prime opportunity for agriculture entrepreneurs.  One winner will be chosen by our expert panel for a $5,000 prize and DEIC membership. 
 

For Startup and Business Expansion Categories: 

*All entrepreneurs in all industries are welcome to apply. Selection of presenters will favor small businesses and women and/or minority entrepreneurs.

*All nearby entrepreneurs are welcome to apply. Selection will favor Town of Ashland and Hanover County residents and/or businesses.

Application and Event Details

Application Deadline: 

Applications must be submitted by 5pm on March 14, 2024.   

Event Details: 

March 28, 2024 at the Ashland Theater

5:30pm Reception 

6pm – 8pm Pitch Competition

Questions?  Email centerstreet@dominnovation.com

While the 2024 Center Street Pitch Competition focuses on small business startups, expansion and agriculture, past competitions were focused in various industries including technology and energy.   

2022 Winners

NTP Technologies

NTP makes salt free NO3 fertilizer; 100% organic and environmentally friendly, no hydrocarbon inputs.

Applied Impact Robotics

Applied Impact Robotics is developing an autonomous robotic solution capable of inspecting a crude oil tank floor while the tank remains in-service.

Voice !t

A nonpartisan, civic-engagement advocacy platform.

2021 Winners

ATP-VA

ATP-VA uses a patented, Combined Remediation Biomass and Bio-Product Production (CRBBP) Process, to plant and then multi-tasks certain Bio-Crops to do good things for the health and wellbeing of people, the planet, and local communities, less expensively.

Team Excel

Team Excel gamifies student success metrics to turn learning and personal development into a fun and healthy competition.

Lectito Deispenso

Lectito Dispenso is about providing open access for readers, just compensation for authors, and closer relationships between the two.

2020 Winners

Goodfynd

Former Lighthouse Labs alumni, Goodfynd provides a platform that enables food truck vendors to connect with existing/new customers virtually, providing increased visibility and an avenue for orders to be accepted online.

Linebird

Linebird is revolutionizing electric transmission line maintenance by applying drone technology to a dangerous and labor intensive process.

Kobble

Liam Hogan is making a tabletop game invented by his family into the newest family game night sensation. He is looking forward to turning one of his favorite pastimes into a profitable venture.