Startup Virginia supports startups and innovators with an engaged community, holistic programs, targeted resources, and dynamic workspace to help them reach their full potential and positively impact Virginia’s economic landscape.

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Our Story

Startup Virginia (SVA) is a nonprofit high-growth business incubator and entrepreneurial hub where innovators can learn, collaborate, and grow. Our incubator currently serves 58 startup companies that are supported by an expansive network of mentors, investors, corporate partners, and donors. SVA provides holistic programming and dynamic workspace to our member community, as well as free entrepreneurial education that is open to all. By helping entrepreneurs reach their full potential, we are driving innovation and strengthening our region’s economy.

The organization was founded in 2016 by like-minded entrepreneurs deeply invested in Richmond’s innovation ecosystem. In a region of more than four million people between Richmond, Charlottesville, Williamsburg, and the Tidewater area, they saw an opportunity to create an incubator focused on helping high-growth, scalable companies. This organization would centralize and better serve the needs of entrepreneurs, investors, and the community at large.

Our Team

Executive Director
Director of Startup Growth
Programs Manager
Marketing & Operations Manager

Board of Directors

Founding Board Member
CEO / Hot Technology Holdings
CEO / Visual Workforce
Board Member
President & CEO / Activation Capital
Managing Partner / Trolley Venture Partners
Board Member
Board Member / Apple Hospitality REIT + Venture Investor
Board Member
Managing Director /  Harris Williams
CEO / Servos
Board Member
Founder / Vayas
Founding Board Member
Managing Vice President & CTO, Card / Capital One
Board Member
Director of Customer Insights and Campaign Management / McKesson

Community Resources

We are proud to be part of an energetic community that provides access, exposure and opportunities to local entrepreneurs and startups at any stage.

Activation Capital logo

Activation Capital is an incubator for Richmond’s innovation ecosystem.


Build RVA is a community makerspace and product incubator.

CAV Angels logo

CAV Angels is an angel group of UVA Alumni funding exciting startups.

Chamber RVA logo

ChamberRVA is a member-based nonprofit devoted to the region's success.

Dominion Resources Innovation Center logo

The Dominion Energy Innovation Center is a stem tech startup providing coworking space and resources.

Gather logo

Gather is a co-working space with multiple locations where people can meet, network, collaborate, and work.

Hatch Kitchen RVA logo

Hatch Kitchen RVA is a commercial kitchen and incubator, helping to grow businesses faster and smarter.​

Jackson Ward Collective logo

The Jackson Ward Collective is a hub that connects Black business owners to each other and to resources that can help our businesses thrive.

Lighthouse Labs logo

Lighthouse Labs is the premier and nationally recognized Seed-Stage Accelerator in Virginia.

Metropolitan Business League logo

The Metropolitan Business League is a nonprofit association that fosters business development and expansion for small, women- and minority-owned businesses.

Novel Coworking logo

Novel is a coworking and office space downtown for small businesses and entrepreneurs.

NRV logo

New Richmond Ventures is a venture capitalist group advancing creativity and innovation in Richmond.

Open Trellis logo

Open Trellis is an online community of business founders, volunteers, and sponsors.

SCORE logo

SCORE is a premier volunteer, nonprofit providing free small business advice.

Trolley Ventures logo

Trolley Ventures is a venture capitalist group that supports early-stage companies in Central Virginia.

Venture Forum RVA logo

Venture Forum RVA is a member-based forum for new entrepreneurial ventures in Richmond.

Virginia Council of CEOs logo

The Virginia Council of CEOs is a member-based network that connects CEOs for learning and growth.

Venture X logo

VentureX is a shared workspace and community located in Scott's Addition.

Work & Friends logo

Work & Friends is a co-working space encouraging creativity and collaboration.