GAUNTLET Business Program & Competition

We celebrated the 2020 cohort virtually this year for the Annual GAUNTLET Award Ceremony and Graduation. Click HERE to find out more!

The 7th Annual GAUNTLET will begin in February 2021, but no need to wait that long to reach out! Fill out our Entrepreneurial Needs Survey and The Advancement Foundation will see how we can assist you right now!

Entrepreneur Needs Survey

The GAUNTLET, Virginia’s LARGEST Business Program and Competition, is a dynamic 10-week business development program and competition that connects entrepreneurs to resources! Entrepreneurs will attend weekly training sessions.  In addition, they will have the opportunity to meet and network with successful entrepreneurs, fellow GAUNTLET participants, and mentors.  This engagement assists entrepreneurs in the development of business strategies which provide a roadmap to success.

Over $300,000 in cash and in-kind awards were given, with additional resources such as low interest loan funds, matching grants, and industry expertise are available to GAUNTLET participants.

Over 350 like-minded entrepreneurs and 250 innovative business leaders make up ENTREPRENEUR NATION!

See what this year’s cohort has been up to by checking out our Facebook page!

Special thanks to all of our Sponsors for their continuous support and enthusiasm for the GAUNTLET!

If you have any questions, please email