- Thank you to VCU, William & Mary, Virginia State University and Virginia Tech for your hospitality and letting us engage with your founders about the role of acceleration! The next generation of founders are impressive to say the least and we're happy to hear we made a small difference in their journey. "Our young professionals are a little bit more savvy because of your instruction and training," Jonathan Young, Director of Corporate Relations VSU.
- At our recent visit to the Tom Tom Festival we spoke with Dave McClure of 500 Startups about how we should adjust the way we instruct our founders on implementing his 10 Slides to An Awesome Pitch Deck. His advice - be sure to state traction upfront and reiterate it at the end of the pitch!
- We also attended RVA Venture Forum's Virginia Venture Summit. Kudos to Paul Nolde and team for a successful event! Our team was energized by Felix Lloyd's keynote. Felix is the co-founder of Zoobean which offers customized reading programs and readers' advisory solution to eliminate childhood illiteracy. Felix's advice to entrepreneurs when thinking through their product or service is to ask yourself (1) Who cares (customers or end users)? (2) Are there enough of them? and (3) Can you get to them?
Also, we want to say a BIG THANK YOU to our friends at the War Heroes Initiative Fund for their generous donation to Lighthouse to support founders in our next cohort!
Don't forget - applications will be available online starting May 1st and close June 30th. If you are a founder or know a founder ripe for acceleration please encourage them to apply through our online application!
LIGHTHOUSE SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES
- APRIL - University Campus Visits
- MAY 1 - Applications Open
- JUNE 30 - Applications Close
- JULY - Company Interviews
- JULY - Accepted Companies Announced
- AUGUST - Program Begins
- NOVEMBER - Investor Road Show
- NOVEMBER - RVA Investor Demo Day
- NOVEMBER - Program Ends
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- Global Startup Ecosystem Report 2017
- The 5 best US cities for women in tech
- The Next 25 in Tech: Richmond ranks 24
- Liz Doerr of NRV receives 1st Rising Outstanding Woman Award
- Tiffany Jana of TMI Consulting honored asEnterprising Woman of the Year 2017
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UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS
- APRIL 20th - Open House feat. Noah Scalin & Creative Sprint, Build RVA
- APRIL 20th - Cheers for Charity: UnBoundRVA
- APRIL 25th - Encorepreneur Breakfast: UZURV
- MAY 10th - rvatech Gala
- MAY 10th - "Patent Protection for your Invention", Build RVA
- May 16th - Telling your brand story, VBRP
- May 18th - Richmond Companies Go Global, Venture Forum RVA