Meet Entrepreneur Number One, Entrepreneur Number Two, Entrepreneur Number Three…

From Anne Clelland, founder of Handshake 2.0:

Speaking of counting on our fingers at Handshake 2.0, we've been using those numbers in the financial section of our business plan.

Handshake 2.0 is an enterprise of my company, Handshake Media, Incorporated.  Handshake Media, Incorporated is a member company of technology incubator VT KnowledgeWorks.  VT KnowledgeWorks is a client.  I write Inside VT KnowledgeWorks, the VT KnowledgeWorks blog.

To further complicate that complexity, I applied to be one of five companies to pitch to a panel of angel investors – in front of a live audience – at the inaugural VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Summit on Thursday, April 2, 2009, in Blacksburg, Virginia. 

I found the application process deeply and personally challenging at first, then ultimately deeply and profoundly clarifying.  This Entrepreneurship Summit category on Inside VT KnowledgeWorks tracks my process as well as coverage of Summit news.  Bottom line:  I feel even more passion for Handshake 2.0 and my vision for it than ever.

That said, what a wild and crazy experience it has been to report that 10 companies applied to appear during the CVG’s Live Fire! ™ session during the afternoon of the Summit and that, of course, only 5 will be selected by the organizers, the Charlottesville Venture Group (CVG), in affiliation with the Virginia Active Angels Network (VAAN).

As a blogger, I'm a news channel, so I get the news first.  I gotta have the news to write it, right?

The first company has been selected.

It's not me.

The second company has been selected.  I'll share the news when it's time.

But it's not me.


I will admit that I'm waiting to register just in case I maybe, maybe get picked.  The acts don't have to pay to appear in the show, right? 

Oh, and it's going to be a show all right. 

Jim Flowers terms it "American Idol" for business.

And did you click on the link to the first company?

Whether I'm picked or not, I'll be there.  The presentation by Entrepreneur #1 is not to be missed, and I have it from a top inside source – moi – that the presentation by Entrepreneur #2 is not be be missed either.

Who will be Entrepreneur #3, #4, #5?  Moi?

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