Techstars Startup Weekend To Be Held in Staunton November 11 -13

According to a press release from the Shenandoah Community Capital Fund, a Techstars Startup Weekend is being held in Staunton, Virginia November 11-13.  Anyone in the Shenandoah Valley who is interested in entrepreneurship is invited to Startup Weekend, where they will practice their entrepreneurial skills by creating and presenting startup business concepts.

Over three days, participants will meet mentors, investors, co-founders, and sponsors.  Anyone with an idea or even a spark of curiosity about starting a business is encouraged to register and participate.

Participants will form teams and work together to share business ideas, mentors will validate their ideas and provide guidance, and judges will evaluate each team’s business pitch. The winning team will receive a prize package valued at over $1,500 that includes a package from Google for Startups, a seat in a future SCCF Business Bootcamp, and more coaching and mentoring sessions from local business experts.

Ticket prices are $60 and $35 for students.   Startup Weekend is one of several startup programs operated by Techstars, an international platform for innovation and investment. Techstars connects with and convenes entrepreneurs, experts, mentors, investors, and community and corporate leaders to help businesses grow.

For more information on Startup Weekend Staunton, contact Ryan Hall at

If you’re interested in participating in Startup Weekend Staunton, register at Upcoming Events (

The Shenandoah Community Capital Fund (SCCF) is a 501©3 non-profit organization that envisions a Shenandoah Valley where every person has access to the resources, knowledge, and support needed to start, grow, and sustain a business.  For more information, visit

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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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