Made in FredVA


Made in FredVA

Made in FredVA is a business plan competition coming to the Fredericksburg region in October 2013. It's patterned after ABC's popular "Shark Tank" show. Students and professionals with great ideas for new businesses will submit their plans in writing, and a panel of distinguished local entrepreneurs will select the best five. Those finalists will pitch their concepts to another panel of local business leaders at a public event to be held this fall. The winner will receive substantial funds toward his or her new business. The Next Generation of Business Leaders (link to our page) is putting on Made in FredVA.

Made in FredVA seeks to encourage Fredericksburg-area entrepreneurs to pursue their ideas right here in the local region, and contribute toward an entrepreneurial ecosystem in the area.

What’s in a name
The name of our event was inspired by the Made in USA brand. Just as that brand pays tribute to American-made products, Made in FredVA gives a platform to the many talented entrepreneurs in our region.

We will begin taking written applications April 15. The application form will be posted on this site at that time with instructions on how to apply. People will have until June 30 to submit an application, which will cover the basic concepts of the new business.

Next Generation of Business Leaders
Spotsylvania County Economic Development Authority
Stafford County Economic Development Authority
Fredericksburg Regional Alliance
Parrish, Houck & Snead

For sponsorship information contact Amanda Montelongo with the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce at 540-373-9358 or

We will announce these soon.

April 15: Application period begins.
June 30: Application deadline.
July: Next Generation of Business Leaders board chooses semi-finalists for preliminary judging panel, which selects the five finalists.
August: Finalists announced, mentors provided for each to further hone idea and final presentation.
Oct. 24: Made in FredVA event. Time and location TBA.
After Oct. 24: Winner begins pursuing idea in the Fredericksburg region.