IdeaFest 2015 is made possible through financial sponsorships and collaborative partnerships with the following organizations and individuals:
The Launch Place
The Launch Place energizes and diversifies our regional economy through entrepreneurship development and business consulting services. The Launch Place recruits and retains entrepreneurs to and in the Danville region in Virginia, and specializes in providing superior business consulting services to these entrepreneurs, private businesses, economic development organizations, non-profit institutions and local governments at subsidized fees throughout the entire Southern Virginia region. For more information, visit www.thelaunchplace.org >>
Danville Regional Foundation
IdeaFest is funded in part by a grant from the Danville Regional Foundation (DRF). DRF focuses on transforming the regional economy and creating a prosperous culture to benefit all Dan River Region citizens. It does so by making long-term investments to improve education, economic vitality, community wellness, financial stability and civic capacity for citizens throughout the City of Danville, Virginia; Pittsylvania County, Virginia; and Caswell County, North Carolina. More information at www.drfonline.org >>
Southern Piedmont Technology Council
The Southern Piedmont Technology Council (SPTC) is a member based organization consisting of technology companies and advocates from Southern Virginia. Since its inception in 1998, the SPTC has been an advocate and voice in stressing the importance of the need for the region to invest in technology. The SPTC focuses on serving technology-related needs of the public and private sector, and on raising the awareness to enable the region to accommodate the changing way of doing business, and also to evolve with it. For more information, visit www.sptc-va.org >>
VT KnowledgeWorks encourages and enables creative entrepreneurship world-wide, through innovative curriculum, local business resource centers, and a global network of cooperating regions, all focused on three essential contributors to success: clear understanding of fundamental business principles; access to timely, relevant information; and meaningful personal and corporate relationships. VT Knowledge Works is responsible for the entrepreneurship skill-building workshop at IdeaFest.
American National Bank & Trust
Once upon a time, American National was a new startup. Since its founding in 1909, the bank has expanded to 27 branches in Virginia and North Carolina. American National is a pillar of the Danville community and is supportive of entrepreneurship as a path to financial success.
The IdeaFest team is grateful for support from startup investor Michael Duncan. By day, Michael serves as a director at the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research. His consulting firm, Donnachaidh Associates, is a sponsor of IdeaFest.
First Piedmont / Davenport Energy
The IdeaFest team is grateful for support from entrepreneur Ben Davenport, whose multi-location businesses are based are in Chatham, Virginia. First Piedmont is a waste management and recoiling company. Davenport Energy is a gasoline, propane and fuel provider. Both companies are sponsors of IdeaFest.
The Chatham Star-Tribune is celebrating 145 years of service to the Dan River region. The Star-Tribune’s goal is to serve as a written and visual record of what makes our community special. The Star-Tribune is committed to encouraging the entrepreneurial spirit that is emerging as our economy develops, and building partnerships with the businesses that will become the building blocks of the region’s economy in the future.
Middle Border Forward
The IdeaFest team met in 2013 as Fellows of Middle Border Forward. The Fellowship has since been completed, but we still call upon our MBF network to make IdeaFest a success each year. Meanwhile, Middle Border Forward is developing from a stand-alone Fellowship into a non-profit organization focused on engaging citizens in efforts to grow the quality of life for all citizens in the region over the next several decades. The “middle border” region includes Danville and Pittsylvania County, Virginia and Caswell County, North Carolina.
Center for Community Engagement and Career Readiness at Averett University
The Center for Community Engagement and Career Competitiveness is located on the campus of Averett University in Danville, Virginia. However, the CCECC serves as a central location for students from Averett University, Danville Community College, and Piedmont Community College to become involved in the region through service-learning and/or volunteerism.We rely on the CCECC to recruit local college students to attend IdeaFest as volunteers, competitors or audience members.
Does your organization offer resources to entrepreneurs? Do you want to foster entrepreneurship in the Danville region? If so, we invite you to partner with us to make IdeaFest a successful event! To become a partner, email firstname.lastname@example.org >>