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Posted on: October 1, 2019

Warren Haber Jr. Announced as Keynote Speaker for Start Peninsula

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Start Peninsula is pleased to announce that Warren Haber Jr. will be the opening keynote speaker for Friday night’s event. Haber has been a venture capitalist and angel investor for over 20 years and he has specialized in software and internet ventures. Haber currently works for Exoventure (Exo).  Exo has partnered with thousands of early stage tech entrepreneurs to build innovative global companies. Haber has worked for Crossbar Capital, Mellon Ventures, Grand Central Holdings and GE Equity. He received his MBA from the Wharton School of Business and his BA from Brown University and is based in New York, NY.

Start Peninsula is fortunate to have Haber participate in the entire weekend beginning on Friday, Nov. 1 through Sunday, Nov. 3.  Attendees and participants will be able to interact with him all weekend and hear about his experiences as a venture capitalist and angel investor. He will provide comments and feedback to select companies.

On Sunday, the keynote speaker will be Erica McMannes, the cofounder/COO of Instant Teams. Instant Teams (previously known as MadSkills) was a Start Peninsula winner in 2017. McMannes worked as a founding member of two Silicon Valley startups and now helps create and manage remote teams for companies across the nation through workforce solutions.

Tickets to attend Start Peninsula are now on sale. General admission is $30 through Tuesday, Oct. 15. Price increases by $5.

Early stage businesses are invited to apply to pitch at Start Peninsula.  The application fee is $75 before Oct. 1 and $100 after. Thirty businesses will be invited to pitch on Friday, Nov. 1 and three winners will be selected on Sunday, Nov. 3. All three winners will receive $5,000 to fuel their business growth and will have access to local resources.

Start Peninsula 2019, is being held at Hampton University and is hosted by the City of Hampton, in partnership with the Cities of Newport News, Williamsburg and Poquoson, and the Counties of James City & York. To learn more about Start Peninsula, please visit its website, Facebook page or the FAQ page.

Start Peninsula Media Contact:
Dan Girouard, Asset Manager, City of Hampton
757-727-6237; dgirouard@hampton.gov

James City County Media Contact:
Laura Messer, Tourism & Marketing Coordinator
757-253-6607; laura.messer@jamescitycountyva.gov

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