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Meet the Future of Virginia’s Clean Energy Economy at the Center Street Pitch Competition

Each year, the Dominion Energy Innovation Center (DEIC) and Randolph-Macon College (R-MC) welcome emerging technology and sustainability-focused startups 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 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 $15,000, and a free one-year membership to the DEIC. The winner in each category, sustainability-focused and general/high-growth, will also receive a comprehensive branding package courtesy of Fireside Digital and BROWNBAYLOR™. 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 virtually on Thursday, February 25th, 2020. Please click the button below for agenda details and to grab your free ticket today!

Judging Panel

Chandra Briggman

President & CEO, Activation Capital


Mollie Thorson

COO, The Little Burros


Lisa Moerner

Director of Innovation & Sustainability, Dominion Energy


Sofiat Abdulrazaaq

CEO & Co-founder, Goodfynd


Laura Markley

CFO & Managing Director, New Richmond Ventures

About the DEIC

The Dominion Energy Innovation Center, located in Ashland, is an affiliated innovation center of Activation Capital that supports early-stage advanced technology companies by providing them with the collaborative space, guidance, and resources needed to accelerate their growth. Founded in November 2009, the Dominion Energy Innovation Center supports great ideas across a wide spectrum of industry sectors in addition to its focus on building the alternative, renewable energy sector in Central Virginia. Founding partners of this program include the signature sponsor, Dominion Energy, as well as Activation Capital, the Town of Ashland and Hanover County.


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