By Tim Ryan

Update! The IdeaFest deadline has been extended to April 8th. 

With the spirit of innovation surging through the heart of Danville, VA, the 9th Annual IdeaFest beckons entrepreneurs and dreamers to its bustling forum on May 1, 2024. This electrifying event, hosted at the esteemed 2 Witches Winery & Brewing Co., invites the brightest minds to pitch their revolutionary business ideas for a chance to secure a portion of the $15,000 prize pool.

The event commences with a DEIC Meet-Up from 12 to 12:45 p.m., offering attendees the chance to connect with the team dedicated to propelling Virginia’s next energy economy. It’s a unique opportunity to delve into discussions around entrepreneurship and innovation in the energy sector, potentially unlocking new avenues for growth and collaboration.

The centerpiece of IdeaFest is the Pitch Competition, scheduled from 1:00 to 6:00 pm. Here, 20 finalists will engage in an intellectual showdown, presenting their startup ideas to a panel of judges and a live audience. Each presentation will be an opportunity to vie for the grand prize and capture the interest of investors and industry leaders who are always on the lookout for the next big idea.

As the sun dips below the horizon, the Networking Reception and Awards Ceremony from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. promises a casual yet vibrant atmosphere for mingling. Investors, judges, community leaders, and finalists converge there, fostering a community of like-minded individuals. The winners, who will have impressed the panel with their ingenuity and business acumen, will be announced at 6:15 p.m., marking a milestone in their entrepreneurial journey.

For those ready to enter the spotlight, the deadline to enter this innovation arena is March 29th. Whether you’re a seasoned entrepreneur or a newcomer with a vision, this is your platform to shine and transform your entrepreneurial dreams into tangible successes.

IdeaFest is not just an event; it’s an opportunity brought to life by The Launch Place. With an aim to cultivate a fertile ground for the entrepreneurs of tomorrow, they invite you to engage with the community, share your ideas, and ignite the flames of progress in Virginia.

For more information and to submit your application, scan the QR code on the event flyer or visit The stage is set, the audience awaits, and the question remains: Are you ready to pitch the next big idea?