At Virginia Western, WE ♥ STARTUPS!
High Potential Startups: Looking to accelerate your success?
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.
Virginia Western offers classes at RAMP that are open to the public.
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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)
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 "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 www.ramprb.tech.
Student Startups: Need FREE office or meeting space?
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.
Click Here for more information.
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.
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In the News
Local tech company with VWCC connections partners with NASA (July 12, 2019)
When scientists at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) capture future pictures of Earth’s atmosphere, they might end…
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…
Propelling high-potential startups to expand and create jobs is the goal of RAMP, a new technology business accelerator program…
For more RAMP news, visit: http://www.ramprb.tech/.
Entrepreneurial News from the Roanoke-Blacksburg Region
RAMP Business Accelerator Awards VOLATIA $5,000 Job-Creation Prize - RAMP: Roanoke-Blacksburg Accelerator
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