Virginia is for active starters!

It is good to be in Virginia and talking startups these days.  Today I had the pleasure of attending the 2012 Virginia Entrepreneur Summit and it caused me to reflect on all of the activity (and that is only the stuff I have been able to learn about) around building great companies and supporting entrepreneurs in and around Virginia.

  • Last week I had the pleasure of judging at WeMedia’s PitchIT day. I was the weak link in a stellar group of judges but tried to hold up my end of the mentoring bargain. The eight finalists ranged from collaborative visual storytelling to advocating for special needs individuals and ‘experteering’. I am always excited to see so many passionate founders!  Congrats to the winners Screen and Radmatter.  I wish everyone could have walked away with a little coin.
  • RVA Hackathon surface last weekend through the great team at Mobelux. While my hacking days are in the past it is nice to see the area cultivating and encouraging talent.  I know it was fantastic.
  • About a month ago Charlottesville VA saw a Startup Weekend event and a similar event is planned in the Norfolk area this weekend.
  • The leadership at We Are Titans is launching Hatch and planning an ambitious summer filled with acceleration. Applications close May 15 and if you have an idea that needs a boost I am a fanatical fan of acceleration!  Good luck to those hoping to be accepted.
  • On May 3rd in RVA entrepreneurs are gathering for a little networking (entrepreneurs only please) through StartRVA.
  • And I would be remiss if I did not shout out how supportive and encouraging Jonathon Perrelli and the team at Fortify has been in encouraging the ecosystem grow!  Particularly in DC of course but so willing to share lessons learned and work with leaders across the area.  Nice!
  • Even TechCrunch dropped by Richmond about two weeks ago.

Yes, it is certainly exciting to see all the activity.  So if you are in Virginia and you want to start something get out there and get plugged in!  If you don’t know where to start then find me and I will try to point you in the right direction.

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