Each year, the Dominion Energy Innovation Center (DEIC) and Randolph-Macon College (R-MC) welcome emerging technology and small business startups from across Virginia to apply for its Pitch Competition.
DEIC has been an outlet for entrepreneurial activity and green technologies for over a decade. Randolph-Macon College, located on Ashland’s Center Street, has been part of the town’s fabric since 1830. Divided only by the historic train tracks that run through the center of town, DEIC and R-MC are natural partners. This pitch competition is an opportunity for DEIC to recognize promising startups across Virginia, as well as R-MC’s growing commitment to providing entrepreneurial education and resources for their student body.
The Center Street pitch competition will feature six Virginia companies in varying stages of growth going after two prizes worth a combined $10,000, and a free one-year membership to the DEIC. The winner in each category, sustainability-focused and RVA Metro ag-enterprise, will also receive a comprehensive branding package courtesy of a local marketing agency. The finalists selected will be given 5 minutes to pitch in front of a panel of judges, followed by live Q&A. Also participating will be three student teams representing R-MC, who will pitch for a separate $5,000 cash prize and co-working space at DEIC.
The competition will take place on Thursday, February 24th, 2022.