BizBlitz supports new ventures and entrepreneurs in a fast-paced, inspirational, and hands-on weekend where developers, marketers, designers, and dreamers join efforts to generate ideas, build prototypes and launch businesses!
The event begins with open-to-all pitches on Friday evening. Teams come together around the best ideas and spend the weekend in market research and product development. The weekend concludes on Sunday evening in front of the judges, but everyone wins the valuable feedback. Cash prizes plus other valuable prizes are awarded.
BizBlitz is hosted by the Shenandoah Valley Innovation Coalition and local partners.
SVIC BizBlitz 2016
march 18-20, 2016
- Student rate: $65
- Early bird registration: $75
- Regular registration (after Saturday, March 5): $99
- Sunday night spectator: Free!
Out of town participants could receive a discounted group rate for rooms at a local hotel: email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Basic prototyping materials and wireless internet were provided. Participants were responsible for supplying their own laptops.
The SVIC BizBlitz 2016 was supported by:
Mary Lou Bourne - JMU Technology Innovation and Economic Development
Carol Hamilton - JMU Center for Entrepreneurship
Joyce Krech - Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center
Keith May - Cottonwood Commercial
Cari Orebaugh - Shenandoah Valley Partnership
Brian Shull - Harrisonburg Economic Development
Nicky Swayne - Shenandoah Valley Technology Council
Frank Tamberrino - Harrisonburg Rockingham Chamber of Commerce
Bizblitz 2016 awards
Prize: 10 hours of website development support (value: $1,000)
Prizes: $500; $500 in-kind gift of packaging consultation with Tom Hook OR $500 in-kind gift of document destruction
Prize: Membership Level 1: 1-5 full and/or part-time employees at your business (value: $260)
Prize: One-month general membership (value: $100)
Prize: Trademark & copyright assistance (value: $1,500)
Prize: Legal assistance (value: $1,000)
Prize: Accounting training or tax support (value: $1,000)
Prizes: $1000 cash prize; Level 1 Membership: SVTC membership directory includes company/organization description, address, phone number, and web address (value: $200)
Prize: $100 voucher toward any 2016 Shenandoah Valley SBDC workshop
Prize: Advertising plan worth $15,000 contingent on successful launch of business or concept
BIZBLITZ 2016 Sponsors
Startup weekend 2014
SVIC hosted two weekend-long events for aspiring entrepreneurs in the Valley in 2013 and 2014 under the umbrella of a national organization called Startup Weekend.
Recap of 2014 Startup Weekend projects.