Orange County Insight March 2023

Entrepreneur Event in Central Virginia

By: Orange County Economic Development

The Orange County Economic Development Department wants to spread the word about the 2023 Tom Tom Foundation ’ s festival for entrepreneurs this April! On Thursday, April 20, 2023, at 6:30 p.m., The CODE Building will be hosting its 10th Annual Crowdfunded Pitch Night. This event will showcase 10 aspiring entrepreneurs to the Charlottesville community. Here ’ s how it works: entrepreneurs will start off by pitching to a live audience willing to pledge their funds to their favorite contestant. Each contestant gets a three - minute chance to share their vision with the community and inspire the crowd to action. Before pitch night, there will be a donation portal open to contribute toward a project, and at the pitch night, the audience can purchase votes to support the projects that most inspire them. ALL monies intended for a startup will go to that startup. In addition to the crowdfunded support, the Community Investment Collaborate (CIC) will sponsor a grand prize winner to receive a max of $5,000. The winner will be selected by a panel of judges. Additional prizes and support services from CIC and other local business owners may also be awarded.

Entrepreneurs may apply now until March 24.

Tom Tom is an event organization in Charlottesville, Virginia, whose programs focus on bringing together diverse communities to build a brighter tomorrow. For more information on Tom Tom, visit

For information on the Community Investment Collaborate, visit

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