“This was a great business and networking opportunity for Hampton University,” said Ero-Tolliver. “After speaking with some of the entrepreneurs, I see some of these proposals have great application to the classroom. Some have even applied to our HU Small Business Incubator, in order to keep growing their ideas.”
The Virginia Velocity Tour, a partnership between Village Capital and the Commonwealth of Virginia, was created to provide visibility and seed funding for promising startups throughout Virginia. The program highlighted industry sectors of regional strength, from health and biotech to energy, agriculture and security. During the tour of five regions in the state, 29 finalists participated in public pitch competitions to panels of local judges for the chance to win $25,000 in equity-free grant funding. Five prizes were awarded, for a statewide total of $125,000.
Ero-Tolliver was joined on the Hampton Roads panel by Gary Warren, CEO & President of ivWatch, Anne Conner, President of TowneBank, Paul Hirschbiel, Chairman of 757 Angels and Nancy Grden, Director of the Strome Entrepreneurial Center at Old Dominion University.
Adartis Animal Health, a creator of bio-pharmaceutical veterinary products that combat disease and promote healing, including its flagship Kalvatin enzyme technology derived from deep-sea cod to combat infections, reduce plaque/tartar and promote animals’ natural healing processes was chosen as the winner for Hampton Roads.