The 7th IdeaFest Business Pitch Competition, hosted by The Launch Place in Danville, Virginia, will take place on Thursday, April 28, 2022 starting at 1:00pm. IdeaFest is a pitch competition where 20 finalists will pitch their startup business idea to a panel of judges and a live audience.  A total of $10,000 will be awarded to the top 3 competitors. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 8. Learn more at

Winners of the competition will also be eligible to receive twenty-five hours of free business consulting from The Launch Place. The Launch Place assists with business formation, job creation, and retention through its business consulting services and investment funding, while having a dual responsibility to recruit and retain entrepreneurs to the Dan River Region. The IdeaFest competition exposes The Launch Place’s services and funds to start-up companies that are ready to establish or seek early-stage capital. The Launch Place could potentially invest in the company from its Seed and Pre-Seed Funds.

The competition will be held starting at 1 pm on Thursday, April 28 at Cottontail Weddings & Events, 600 Craghead St., Danville, VA. A reception will follow at Ballad Brewing at 5 pm.

For additional background info on this event, here’s a summary of the competition from 2019:

For more information, please reach out to The Launch Place team: