By Tim Ryan

In the heart of Hampton Roads, Virginia, a region renowned for its vibrant entrepreneurial spirit, Norfolk State University Innovation Center is set to host an event that promises to be a game-changer for budding entrepreneurs. Introducing the SO.Ambitious Entrepreneurship Program, inspired by Pharrell Williams’ Black Ambition Prize.

Are you an NSU student or alumnus with a burning entrepreneurial dream? This is your golden ticket to transform those dreams into tangible realities. The SO.Ambitious program is not just about winning BIG MONEY for your creativity and innovation, but it’s a beacon that will ignite your ambition and set you on a path to success.


Mark your calendars for a pivotal Q+A event on Friday, Oct. 6, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the NGE Building, Room 205. Dive deep into the details of this transformative opportunity set to unfold in November on NSU’s campus.

Why Should You Attend?
– A chance to **WIN up to $10,000** in cash prizes!
– An opportunity to network with top-tier mentors, investors, and seasoned entrepreneurs.
– A platform to create, validate, and pitch REAL business ideas.

The Norfolk So Ambitious Tour is more than just an event; it’s an immersive entrepreneurial experience. Tailored for students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and NSU Alumni entrepreneurs, this tour is a gateway to the exhilarating world of startups. From gaining access to invaluable entrepreneurship resources and mentorship to the grand Business Pitch Competition on Sunday, 11/5, the tour promises a plethora of opportunities. And let’s not forget the grand Award Ceremony on the same day, celebrating the relentless spirit of our participants.

In collaboration with Black Ambition, Techstars, and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, this event embodies a holistic startup experience. Two delicious meals, networking opportunities, and a chance to be part of a dynamic community of aspiring entrepreneurs await you.

Hampton Roads has always been a hub of innovation and entrepreneurship. Events like the SO.Ambitious Entrepreneurship Program not only bolster the region’s reputation but also play a crucial role in nurturing the next generation of entrepreneurs. It’s not just about business; it’s about community, growth, and the future of Hampton Roads.

Are YOU ambitious? If the answer is a resounding yes, then step into the world of startups with the Norfolk So Ambitious Tour. Apply today and be a part of the change that Hampton Roads eagerly awaits.