January 23, 2024

9th IdeaFest Business Pitch Competition - May 1, 2024

IdeaFest 2023 Winners



IdeaFest is a Business Pitch Competition where 20 finalists will pitch their startup idea to a panel of judges and a live audience.  The top three competitors will be awarded $5,000 for first place, $3,000 for second place and $2,000 for third place. In addition, Dominion Energy Innovation Center is sponsoring a $5,000 Clean Energy Bonus Prize.

Winners of the competition will also be eligible to receive twenty-five hours of free business consulting from The Launch Place. The Launch Place, assists with business formation, job creation and retention through its business consulting services and investment funding, while having a dual responsibility to recruit and retain entrepreneurs to the Dan River Region. The IdeaFest competition exposes The Launch Place’s services and funds to start-up companies that are ready to establish or seeking early stage capital. The Launch Place could potentially invest in the company from its Seed and Pre-Seed Funds.

  • 1st Place $5,000
  • 2nd Place $3,000
  • 3rd Place $2,000
  • Dominion Energy Innovation Center Clean Energy Bonus Prize $5,000

IdeaFest is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to attend any part of the day’s activities. Community members of all ages and professions are invited to attend to learn about the region's startup development resources, to network with a wide range of business professionals and to explore entrepreneurship as a career option.


The Launch Place has partnered with F6s to process IdeaFest applications. Click the button below and apply by 11:59pm EST on April 8th, 2024.

Apply for IdeaFest 2023

Join us at IdeaFest -- register today!

For additional information, contact Varun Sadana at vsadana@thelaunchplace.org.



A Special Thanks to Our Sponsors:

IdeaFest 2023 Sponsors