THE RESULTS ARE IN! Congrats to our 2024 STARTUP Winners!!!

THE RESULTS ARE IN! Congrats to our 2024 STARTUP Winners!!!

The entrepreneurial spirit was alive and thriving at the 2024 STARTUP Franklin Southampton Awards Night & Expo, held at the Hubs Vine on May 16th. The evening was a celebration of innovation, creativity, and determination as 9 startup businesses competed for the prestigious Grand Prize of $20,000 and the Runner-Up prize of $15,000. This year’s contest showcased a remarkable group of talented entrepreneurs, each bringing unique ideas and visions to the table.

🥁 Drumroll, please! 🥁

We are thrilled to announce that the Runner-Up winner, taking home an impressive $15,000, is Serenity Acres Homestead! Serenity Acres provides abattoir services, emphasizing humane and sustainable practices. They’re dedicated to providing ethically processed meat products and educating the community about responsible consumption. Serenity Acres will expand their operations and continue to make a positive impact on local agriculture and food production. Connect with them on Facebook or their Square site and get your meat locally!

And now, for the moment we’ve all been waiting for—the Grand Prize winner of the 2024 STARTUP Franklin Southampton Pitch Contest. Claiming the top prize of $20,000 is Jett Production Company! Jett Production Company provides film and video production services, blending innovative technology with creative storytelling to deliver high-quality content. Their passion is elevating local businesses and telling powerful stories through visual media. Jett Production Company will revolutionize the media landscape in Franklin Southampton and beyond. Follow them on Facebook for more!

Awards & Expo Night

The Awards Night wasn’t just about competition; it was also a fantastic opportunity for all contestants to network, showcase their businesses, and gain valuable exposure. Whether they won or not, each participant left with new connections, insights, and the inspiration to keep pushing forward.

The 2024 STARTUP Franklin Southampton Pitch Contest has once again demonstrated the incredible potential and talent within our community. We are immensely proud of all the contestants and cannot wait to see the future successes of Serenity Acres Homestead, Jett Production Company, and all the other amazing startups that participated.

Congratulations to the winners, and here’s to a bright and prosperous future for all our local entrepreneurs!

Thank you to all of our speakers: Paula Dullas of FARM FED, Debbie Darden of Gatherings in SoCo, BIll Holloran of the Hampton Roads SBDC, Tiffany Rutledge of The Graceful Baker LLC, and Jordan West of West Wellness Co. Your words of encouragement spurred so many of our contests to continue following their dream.