Here’s where you can find innovative ideas, product demos, Hampton Roads entrepreneurs

View of Downtown Norfolk from the back deck of the Pier. (Rami Yoakum/Southside Daily)
View of Downtown Norfolk from the back deck of the Pier. (Rami Yoakum/Southside Daily)

NORFOLK — The Innovation | Entrepreneurship Series on Granby, a collaborative effort among Old Dominion University and other several organizations intended to foster entrepreneurship and the exchange of innovative ideas in Hampton Roads, will host its inaugural event.

It will be from 1-8 p.m. Friday at several locations on Granby Street in Downtown Norfolk.

The event will include three educational workshops conducted by regional and statewide experts, as well as product demonstrations and hands-on activities.

Panel participants will share knowledge of regional resources in areas key to the success of startups such as online sales, digital marketing and finding capital to grow business.

Startup founders in the video game and creative markets will describe their entrepreneurial journey and share advice on how to succeed in Hampton Roads.

“We believe there’s benefit in collaborating to generate additional capacity for entrepreneurship,” said Chris Shelton, executive director of StartWheel. “By leveraging our collective strengths, audiences, and resources, we can cross promote high-impact events under a singular brand, I | E Series.”

The I | E Series aims to bring together entrepreneurial support organizations in the region in order for them to have a greater impact and overall reach.

Along with Old Dominion University’s Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, other partners include Tidewater Community College, StartWheel, Retail Alliance, 757 Angels, 757 Accelerate, SCORE Hampton Roads, PixelFest and Percolator.

Those organizations have a significant presence in the Granby Street corridor, which has a number of startups, small businesses and entrepreneurial resource centers.

ODU’s Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship will co-present two panel discussions.

“Entrepreneurship in the Arts: Keys to Success” will be moderated by Jerry Cronin, director of ODU TempO Business Creation; and “Scaling Up: Ideation to Growth” will be moderated by Nancy Grden, executive director of ODU Strome Entrepreneurial Center.

Marty Kaszubowski, senior executive of the ODU Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, will be a member of that panel. Both of those panels will be a Tidewater Community College’s Roper Center for the Performing Arts.

“Old Dominion University is excited to be a partner in the I | E Series,” Grden said. “Events like this one are catalysts for entrepreneurship, and it is a strong commentary on Hampton Roads that so many partnering organizations are readily involved.”

For more information, the full schedule and to register this free event, click here.

ODU’s Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship is a one-stop shop for the community, students, faculty/staff and alumni seeking resources and services for innovation, entrepreneurship, and new enterprises and programs. It helps build lasting relationships between the community, industry and academia to improve society and the economy.

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John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.