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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

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