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Startup Virginia is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building a long-term, sustainable economy for Virginia. With support from our community partners, mentors, investors and donors, we help entrepreneurs of high-growth startups reach their full potential.

Our Story

In 2016, Startup Virginia was founded by like-minded entrepreneurs deeply invested in Richmond’s innovation ecosystem. In a region of over four million people between Richmond, Charlottesville, Williamsburg, and the Tidewater area, we 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.

Capital One became a founding partner of Startup Virginia through their Future Edge community initiative designed to empower more Americans to succeed in the digital economy.  Capital One purchased the 100-year old tobacco warehouse at 1717 E. Cary Street in Shockoe Bottom and renovated the space which opened as the 1717 Innovation Center in March 2018.

Today, Startup Virginia proudly offers more than 60 startup companies access to a network of more than 120 mentors from the business community, educational programs designed for entrepreneurs, and access to the regional funding network.

Founded and led by entrepreneurs, Startup Virginia will become a bastion of growth for startups in central Virginia and beyond.

This is only the beginning.

Our Team

Executive Director
Director of Startup Growth
Program Coordinator
Marketing & Operations Manager

Board of Directors

CEO / Consult360
CVA Angels
Managing Director / Spanish Moss Holdings
Founding Board Member
CEO / Hot Technology Holdings
Founding Board Member
VP, Software Engineering / Capital One
Board Member
President, CEO / Activation Capital

Startup Virginia Supporters

With gratitude, we acknowledge the generosity of our corporate and government supporters who provide funding and support to maintain our high-quality education and event programs.

Founding Partners

National Partners

Community Partners

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

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