By Tim Ryan

In an exciting development for the entrepreneurial spirit, the Dominion Energy Innovation Center (DEIC) has announced the Center Street Pitch Competition, offering local entrepreneurs the chance to showcase their innovative ideas and vie for $20,000 in prizes. This unique competition is designed to support new startups, business expansions, and agricultural and forestry ventures within our vibrant community. Each category winner will receive $5,000 in cash along with a year-long membership to DEIC, fostering an environment where small businesses and diverse entrepreneurs can thrive. The competition is a collaborative effort with the Downtown Ashland Association, highlighting the commitment of both organizations to nurturing entrepreneurship in Hampton Roads. The event promises to be a gathering of creative minds and groundbreaking ideas, taking place at the Ashland Theater on March 28, with applications due by March 14. This initiative is a testament to the region’s dedication to innovation and entrepreneurship, offering a platform for visionaries to propel their ideas into reality. For more details on how to participate or attend, visit DEIC’s website.

Application Deadline:

Applications must be submitted by 5 pm on March 14, 2024.