November 1-3, 2019

McGrew Towers Conference Center
24 Indian Road
Hampton University
Hampton, Virginia

30 people will pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges and compete for 3, $5,000 prizes.


START Peninsula 2018 Recap

Congratulations 2019 Winners!

Winner #1

Atlas Quick-Clip

Congratulations Atlas Quick-Clip

Winner #2

French Slide

Congratulations French Slide

Winner #3



Congratulations Vestalyze

Key Info

Do you have a business idea or invention and need funding or guidance to get it off the ground? Then clear your calendar November 1-3, 2019 for Start Peninsula! This building extravaganza for entrepreneurs in Hampton Roads will bring together dozens of passionate entrepreneurs and business leaders under one roof with one purpose: To identify the best ideas and create new businesses within one weekend.

At Start Peninsula you can access the tools, resources and talent you need to get your idea off the drawing board and into the marketplace. From a pool of more than 30 business ideas pitched on Friday night, 10 semi-finalists are selected to pitch again on Sunday for a chance to win up to $5,000 cash and other important resources for growing businesses.

Who is it for?

Inventors, Students, Designers, Programmers, Engineers, Sales People, Marketing People, Business People, Investors or anyone else who has a passion or curiosity for technology, creativity and business.

Past Ideas

We have a wide range of topics, not all business ideas need to be technical in nature. All ideas are welcomed and encouraged. Here are few ideas from previous Start Peninsula events.

  • Collecting ambient and wasted heat energy for re-use
  • Portable walking desks for treadmills
  • Licensed pool noodles for resorts and vacation homes
  • Social bookmarking app
  • Local apple cidery
  • Oral cancer screening device
  • Portable electricity generating device for camping, natural disasters and other off the grid events
  • Anti-microbial mouth guards
  • Civic communication system delivering legislation to the populace so it can be voted up or down in real time
  • A mobile app with live video that connects home repair experts with do-it-yourselfers for house fixes
  • Wardrobe consultants

Join us in Hampton for a fun-filled weekend starting up new businesses!