Five finalists have been selected for the second-annual Made in FredVA business startup competition. Plants Map, Living Soil, BYOB Garage, Eternity Blooms and Fraser Wood Elements will pitch their business ideas to a panel of local entrepreneurs at the November 19, 2014, event. Made in FredVA is patterned after the popular “Shark Tank” television show.

Each finalist will have five minutes to pitch their idea, followed by 10 minutes of questions from the judges. The winner will receive $10,000 toward business startup expenses. There will also be a $500 people’s choice cash award.

The Finalists

Plants Map, Bill Blevins
Will help gardening enthusiasts organize and share their collections online, and purchase interactive markers to enable observers to learn about the plants.

Fraser Wood Elements, David Fraser
This existing store at 820 Caroline St. in downtown Fredericksburg plans an expansion that will offer woodworking classes, and shop space for artisans to create products to be sold at the store.

Living Soil, Sarah Perry
Will offer bags of fresh, living compost produced at Downtown Greens.

BYOB Garage, Dave Ellis
Build Your Own Bike (BYOB) Garage will be a bricks-and-mortar location where motorcycle enthusiasts can obtain skills and equipment to maintain, repair and improve their motorcycles.

Eternity Blooms, Annie Tremper
Tremper’s business will offer seed balls made of flower seeds, soil and ashes of loved ones, to create a beautiful planted tribute. 


The Judges

Adam Fried, CEO of Atlantic Builders Ltd.

Joy Crump, executive chef and partner at Foode

Abbas Haider, CEO and president of Aspetto Inc.

Sameer Shalaby, managing partner, Select Venture Partner LLC (the winner of Made in 
FredVA will be given an opportunity to pitch to this early-stage investment fund) 


The Next Generation of Business Leaders, an affiliate of the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, is organizing Made in FredVA. The NextGen board selected the five finalists from a pool of 17 applicants. 
 The contest begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Inn at the Old Silk Mill, 1707 Princess Anne St.

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