Virginia Velocity Tour
Throughout September, the Virginia Velocity Tour traveled the Commonwealth to shine a spotlight on the entrepreneurs building Virginia’s 21st century economy as they “Collaborate and Grow As Part of Virginia’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem.” It was a week of tours, talks and pitch competitions with over $100,000 in prizes. The Tour, in partnership with Governor Terry McAuliffe, the Secretary of Commerce and Trade, Virginia Velocity, Village Capital and local partners across the Commonwealth, was in Hampton Roads on September 21st beginning with an EDA-sponsored kick-off breakfast and panel discussion at Whole Foods Market in Newport News. Panelists were Joe Weaver of Ario, LLC, Roy Whitney of BNNT and Jody Wagner of Jody’s Popcorn. The day continued with visits to Hampton and Norfolk, with a final stop in Virginia Beach for a Pitch Competition and Reception at the Virginia Aquarium.