757 Acclerate

757 Accelerate Now Accepting Applications for its 2019 Cohort

Beginning May 1st through June 21st, 757 Accelerate will be accepting applications for its second cohort of early-stage companies. 757 Accelerate is a selective startup accelerator program providing founders with capital, connections and customers.

If accepted into 757 Accelerate, companies will receive $20,000 in startup capital and connections with customized mentors, investors, support services, working space and a lean startup education.  The program also provides an intensive 3-month program to engage with customers, validate products, test business models and prepare for next-stage funding.

To be eligible, companies must have a committed, full-time founder, be solving a disruptive problem and providing a scalable solution with growth potential. Information about the application, as well as additional information about 757 Accelerate, can be found at

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Three startups get $22,500 at Williamsburg pitch competition

A job platform for military spouses, a college budgeting tool and a self-serve dog wash beat 18 other startups in a competition to collectively take away $22,500 in funds.

Erica McMannes took the coveted first place prize of $10,000 for her military spouse job platform, MadSkills.

But it took a whole weekend of pitches and refining her business and ideas to take the top spot.

Start Peninsula is a pitch competition focused on helping Peninsula startups get off the ground. And although every competitor vies for a place in the top three at the end, the weekend-long event provides resources, keynote speakers and mentors to help refine business ideas and create a productive weekend for every pitcher – regardless of whether they get funds.

The event rotates between Williamsburg, Newport News and Hampton. This is its sixth year and second time in Williamsburg at the Stryker Center.

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