Wrapping Up on STARTUP! Thank You Sponsors & Mentors!

Wrapping Up on STARTUP! Thank You Sponsors & Mentors!

As the STARTUP Franklin Southampton pitch contest program draws to a close, participants are gearing up for the final showdown. With the Grand Prize of $20,000 and Runner Up of $15,000 on the line, the stakes are high for the aspiring storefront owners. Every year we draw in strong and motivated entrepreneurs and this year is no different.

Excitement is building as contestants prepare to pitch their innovative ideas to a panel of judges. The anticipation will culminate on May 16th at the STARTUP Awards Night and Expo, where the winners will be announced. However, win or lose, all contestants will have the opportunity to mingle, network, and showcase their businesses at the event.

It’s a thrilling time for the local startup community, and the upcoming Awards Night promises to be an inspiring celebration of innovation and entrepreneurship in Franklin Southampton. Stay tuned for updates and mark your calendars for this exciting event!

Thank you to our Sponsors and Mentors for the 2024 STARTUP Franklin Southampton contest!

We couldn’t put on such a great contest and expo without you!

Gold Sponsor:     

Bronze Sponsor:     

Venue Sponsors:               

In-Kind Sponsors:          

Spread the Love Sponsors:


Teresa Beale – Franklin Southampton Area Chamber of Commerce
Randolph Cook – Summit Design & Engineering
Paula Dullas – Farm FED Food Truck
Lauren Harper – Bank of Southside Virginia
Bill Holloran – Hampton Roads SBDC
Jimmy Strozier – Highground Services, Inc.
Katrina Manley – Spoken Interiors
Marshall Rabil – The Hubs Vine