Village Capital — the dynamic DC-based VC firm focused on problem-solving entrepreneurs — is looking for the best new companies and solutions. They’re seasoned enough to know that all the treasure isn’t hiding in Silicon Valley, either, despite what you may read. Nope, jewels are waiting to be discovered all over the globe, not least close to home. So Village Capital has set up what they’re calling the Virginia Velocity Tour — a whirlwind road trip that’s half Shark Tank half Antiques Roadshow, with the investment team “driving a 40-foot campaign bus across Virginia to hold 5 pitch competitions, visit 20 businesses and incubators, and hold a dozen meals, panels and fireside chats with leaders of Virginia’s startup communities.”
First stop (on September 19) is Roanoke-Blacksburg, then on to Richmond, where the keynote and pitch competition is being presented by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. Village Capital is handing the pitch competition winner at each of its stops a $25,000 grant — without taking any equity in the winning company. Fittingly the first pitch competition takes place at the Moss Arts Center on the campus of Virginia Tech, just one of the hot spots in Virginia’s innovative business culture. The Virginia Velocity Tour visits Roanoke-Blacksburg, Richmond, Hampton Roads, Charlottesville and Northern Virginia before the Village Capital team heads home. Here’s the schedule.