Start Peninsula recently announced the winners of its annual pitch competition for potential new businesses.
After four micro pitch competitions previously held throughout this year and one final pitch competition, which was held on November 3, three businesses were named winners for 2021.
The winners include Bonilla Pet Studio, a photo studio for pets that plans to open a location in Williamsburg’s High Street in December; EWedded, an e-commerce platform for businesses in the wedding industry; and Pocket Properties App, which enables users to buy and sell fractional shares of real estate as a way to remove barriers.
The three businesses will receive $5,000 to help with business growth. In addition, the winners will receive a one-year seat at Growth University; a six-month community membership to Launchpad, an business incubator in Williamsburg; and one-year memberships with the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, The Greater Williamsburg Business Alliance, The York County Chamber of Commerce, and Retail Alliance.
A dozen new business hopefuls participated in the 2021 Start Peninsula competition. Start Peninsula is a partnership with Newport News, Hampton, Williamsburg, James City, and York that helps promote new entrepreneurs through funding, mentorship, and networking. Business ideas are pitched during the early stages and then Start Peninsula connects those with a product or service to other business leaders and mentors in the community. Newport News was the host of the 2021 Start Peninsula competition. Start Peninsula first began in 2012.