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At Virginia Western, WE STARTUPS!

Interested in Upcoming Courses & Workshops at RAMP?

Entrepreneurial Mindset
Entrepreneurial Mindset: Gig-Economy Edition

This course will enable you to "bootstrap" your way into a successful business rather than undertaking significant financial risk. You’ll learn to identify problems, find solutions and make customer connections. It's ideal for anyone seeking to:

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  • Transition from employee to independent worker
  • Explore entrepreneurship as a pre-retirement transition
  • Earn extra money while maintaining your current job
  • Transition from Unemployed to self-employed
  • Use your skills, talents and interests to discover your entrepreneurial path

Course Information:
Class begins: June 12, and will run for eight consecutive Tuesday nights
Class times: 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Cost: $300.00 per student, but thanks to assistance from a Virginia Building Entrepreneurial Economies grant, your final cost could only be $25.00
Mentoring is available by appointment in the 4 weeks following the end of the course.

Ready to apply?
Deadline to Apply: May 29, 2018

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High Potential Startups: Looking to accelerate your success?

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RAMP (Regional Acceleration and Mentoring Program) is a partnership of Virginia Western Community College, the City of Roanoke and the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council. Its mission is to propel high-potential startups to expand and create jobs in the STEM-H (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Health) fields.

RAMP operates from the Gill Memorial Building, 709 S. Jefferson St. in downtown Roanoke's Innovation Corridor.

History of the Gill Memorial Building (PDF)

Virginia Western offers classes at RAMP that are open to the public.

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Entrepreneurial Initiatives On Campus

Gig Economy Speaker/Author: Diane Mulcahy
Monday, March 5, 2018; 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Virginia Western Community College - Whitman Theater

Visit this link to RSVP

Interested in starting a business? Check out this FREE resource

Virginia Western encourages a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship by providing resources and networking opportunities to tap into the start up world.

Building your Business Model?

Click here to download this free business model canvas worksheet designed to help you articulate, create and structure your business or non-profit vision. (PDF)

Interviewing customers?

Click here for a list of Interview/Customer Discovery Questions. Pick and choose the questions that are most aligned with where you are in the Startup process. Also, consider which questions will yield the most valuable information for you.

Need a potential customer list?

Check out the advanced search option in Reference USA. It is a free research tool for building customer lists so you know who to reach out to.

How to access Reference USA – Free list service:
Scroll to bottom & click Reference USA
Use Your Library Card #
Under U.S. Business
Click "Search"
Click "Advanced Search"
Use filters to narrow down by industry, radius, title, # of employees
Click "Update Count" until you have the right number of contacts

Looking to major or minor in Entrepreneurship? Enroll in the Entrepreneurship Certificate Program

Explore other courses in the entrepreneurship certificate program, including marketing and small business management.

For more information about RAMP, see

Student Startups: Need FREE office or meeting space?

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What is the regional innovation partnership?

CoLab offers a 6-month membership to select students in the area to provide a safe, resource-rich space for ideation and entrepreneurship. Over the 6-month period, the student will have access to CoLab and all amenities. In exchange, CoLab will ask for monthly status reports from the student and for the completion of a startup check list provided by CoLab.

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Need startup advice? Check out SBDC counseling.

The mission of the Roanoke Regional Small Business Development Center (RRSBDC) is to promote small business creation, growth, and development by providing professional business counseling at no charge to the client.  The RRSBDC also provides affordable training and informational resources.

We assist small businesses, individuals purchasing or selling a business, not-for-profits, and aspiring business owners. We are able to offer these services at no or minimal cost due to the support of our sponsors.

Click Here for more information.

In the News

RAMP business accelerator awarded 2nd $40,000 state grant (August 28, 2017)

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe today announced the awarding of a second $40,000 state grant to support the development of…

Woods Rogers law firm pledges $50,000 to support new RAMP business accelerator (February 15, 2017)

The Virginia law firm of Wood Rogers PLC will donate $50,000 to the Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation…

RAMP business accelerator awarded $40,000 state grant (November 16, 2016)

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe today announced the awarding of a $40,000 state grant to support the development of entrepreneurial…

RAMP business accelerator to foster growth of region’s high-potential startups (June 30, 2016)

Propelling high-potential startups to expand and create jobs is the goal of RAMP, a new technology business accelerator program…

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Entrepreneurial News from the Roanoke-Blacksburg Region

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Phone: 540-857-6738

3094 Colonial Ave., SW
Roanoke, VA 24015

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