START Peninsula Promo 2018

Jason Calacanis’s Top 10 Rules for Success

Congratulations 2017 Winners!

1st Place


MadSkills connects businesses and entrepreneurs ready to outsource with a diverse and untapped talent pool of professionally skilled military spouses (The MadSkills Military Spouse Talent Community). As a service based company, MadSkills allows businesses to tap into and leverage a global knowledge base, focus on core business processes, and save costs all while providing virtual work and virtual career opportunities for military spouses. We deliver through 2 models: Direct subscription based website access for job posting or work with clients through our virtual staffing model.

2nd Place


Zillow for colleges. We help students explore college costs so they can save money, make money, and pay off their loans.

3rd Place

Muddy Marley’s Dog Wash

Muddy Marley’s Dog Wash is a self serve dog wash that offers raised dog tubs, luxury shampoos and conditioners, waterproof apron, towels, brushes and dryers to clean your dog. We are also a full service dog wash to include grooming service.

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, 2-4, 2018 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 Newport News for a fun-filled weekend starting up new businesses!