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.

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Our Story

Startup Virginia (SVA) is a nonprofit high-growth business incubator dedicated to advancing businesses that build a long-term, sustainable economy for Virginia. We currently serve 70 startup companies, more than 180 mentors and subject matter experts, and a regional investors network. SVA also provides entrepreneurial guidance and education that is open to all. With support from our partners, mentors, investors, and donors, we help entrepreneurs reach their full potential.

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
Program Manager
Marketing & Operations Manager

Board of Directors

CEO / Consult360
CVA Angels
CEO / Visual Workforce
Founding Board Member
CEO / Hot Technology Holdings
Founding Board Member
Managing Vice President & CTO, Card / Capital One
Board Member
President, CEO / Activation Capital

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.

Activation Capital logo

An incubator for Richmond’s innovation ecosystem.

The Broad logo

A workspace and social club for women and gender minorities in Richmond.


Build RVA is a community makerspace and product incubator.


A member-based nonprofit devoted to the region's success.

Dom Resources Innovation Center

A stem tech start-up providing co-working space and resources.


A co-working space to meet, network, collaborate, and work.

Hatch Kitchen RVA logo

A commercial kitchen and incubator, helping to grow businesses faster and smarter.​


A nonprofit, mentor-driven startup accelerator program.

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A  coworking and office space downtown for small businesses and entrepreneurs.


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


A joint initiative with the City of Richmond that assists local startups.


A premier volunteer, nonprofit providing free small business advice.


A nonprofit incubator assisting low-income entrepreneurs.


A member-based forum for new entrepreneurial ventures in Richmond.

Virginia Council of CEOs logo

A member-based network that connects CEOs for learning and growth.

Venture X logo

A shared workspace and community located in Scott's Addition.

Work & Friends logo

A co-working space encouraging creativity and collaboration.