By Tim Ryan

In a refreshing change of pace, Start Peninsula is rewriting the entrepreneurial playbook in Hampton Roads and Virginia. Their upcoming event, “Meet the Resources,” taking place this Friday, July 21st, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, is flipping the traditional dynamic of founders pitching to judges. Instead, the leaders of entrepreneurial resources will be making their pitches to the founders themselves.

“Meet the Resources” offers a unique platform for 11 distinct resource representatives from across Hampton Roads and Virginia. These leaders will spotlight how they can help kick-start and scale your business, providing invaluable insights into the resources available in the local area.

This event presents a golden opportunity to connect, collaborate, and work together with these resource organizations, strengthening the entrepreneurial community in Hampton Roads.

Get to know our sponsors in more detail, as they showcase their services and reveal how they can support your entrepreneurial journey. Here is a quick preview of the speakers and the resources they represent:

– Jonathan Holman of the Virginia Workforce Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (VWIEC) will share how VWIEC is expanding the capability and capacity of Virginia’s current and aspiring entrepreneurs, aiding with post-Covid-19 economic recovery.

– Bob McKenna of the Virginia Peninsula Chamber will speak about their role as advocates for the Virginia Peninsula business community, offering insights on how they can help your business expand.

– Jolie Spiers of Hampton Roads SBDC will provide an overview of their no-cost consulting, training, and workshops available to entrepreneurs throughout Hampton Roads.

– Sam Caballero from Black BRAND will discuss their mission of promoting group economics through professional development and community empowerment.

– Eileen Brewer of 757 Accelerate will explain how their selective, mentor-driven startup acceleration program can boost promising startups.

– Conaway Haskins from VIPC will delve into how they support the early commercialization & funding of Virginia innovations, entrepreneurs, startups & market development initiatives.

– Matt Johnson of York County Economic Development will share how your local economic development office can assist your business.

– Mike Loving of Patent Portfolio Builders will address patent and intellectual property queries, sharing their high-quality IP and patent services.

– Hunter Walsh from 757 Startup Studios will discuss how your business can benefit from their section of the 757 Collab network located within Assembly.

– Tim Ryan of the REaKTOR Technology Innovation Center will discuss how they provide entrepreneurs, researchers, and scientists with the necessary resources to validate, commercialize, and grow their groundbreaking technologies.

– Finally, Marty Kaszubowski from Virginia ICAP will discuss how their services can assist Virginia-based technology and innovation-driven startups, from ideation through seeking Series A funding and beyond.

Don’t miss this exceptional opportunity to gain first-hand insights from these resource leaders. Join us in fortifying the entrepreneurial community of Hampton Roads. Register to attend for free at, and let’s reshape the entrepreneurial game together.