Agenda - May 19th

1:00 p.m.      Opening Remarks  

         Eva Doss, The Launch Place President & CEO

         Video Welcome

         The Honorable Terry McAuliffe, Governor of Virginia

         Keynote Speaker and Moderator

        Troy Knauss, Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees, of the Angel Resource Institute, Exited-Entrepreneur

1:30 p.m.  Pitch #1 Camras Vision

2:00 p.m.  Pitch #2 GO Leaf

2:30 p.m.  Pitch #3 Indexus Biomedical, LLC

3:00 p.m.  Break

3:30 p.m.  Pitch #4 SeaChange Technologies

4:00 p.m.  Pitch #5 Tom & Jenny’s Candy

4:30 p.m.  Pitch #6 Velosal Medical, Inc.

5:00 p.m.  Networking Reception begins

5:30 p.m.  Awards Ceremony

Location: The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research, 150 Slayton Ave., Danville, VA 24541



Join us for The Big Launch Challenge on May 19th, watch as six finalists present their innovative business plans and compete for $30,000 in prizes then visit with our innovators during the reception.

T This event is free and open to the public - attend all or join us at the reception.

Register to win business consulting hours from The Launch Place.

Keynote Speaker and Moderator

Troy Knauss is Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees, of the Angel Resource Institute, a non-profit spinout of the Kauffman Foundation focused on education and research initiatives for early-stage investors. Troy is a partner in a number of Angel funds and networks that invest in high-growth and turnaround companies. Troy has over 20 years of experience in family, growth, and start-up businesses. In addition to his fund activities, Troy is an exited entrepreneur with start-up and growth management experience in food processing, brand building, software development, and eCommerce companies. Troy is an active investor in more than forty ventures.


Troy was named one of the Triad’s Impact Entrepreneurs by Business Leader magazine. He speaks frequently to investors and entrepreneurs on private investing through his efforts with the Angel Resource Institute. He is also a part-time professor at Wake Forest University, a former Board member of the Angel Capital Association, serves on a number of for-profit Boards, and volunteers on a number of non-profit entrepreneurial committees including Vice Chairman of the Greensboro Partnership, a local economic development initiative to attract, engage and help entrepreneurs start businesses. Troy holds degrees from Susquehanna University and Wake Forest University.



The Big Launch Challenge provides entrepreneurs with the best possible resources – including education, networking, team creation, mentorship, early-stage prototyping and potential follow-on seed financing - to help turn innovative ideas into real businesses.