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 50+ startup companies, more than 200 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
Programs Manager
Marketing & Operations Manager

Board of Directors

Founding Board Member
CEO / Hot Technology Holdings
CEO / Visual Workforce
CVA Angels
Board Member
COO, Board Member /  Apple Hospitality REIT
CEO / Consult360
Board Member
Founder / Vayas
Board Member
President, CEO / Activation Capital
Founding Board Member
Managing Vice President & CTO, Card / Capital One

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

An incubator for Richmond’s innovation ecosystem.


Build RVA is a community makerspace and product incubator.

CAV Angels logo

UVA Alumni funding exciting startups.

Chamber RVA logo

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

Dominion Resources Innovation Center logo

A stem tech startup providing coworking space and resources.

Gather logo

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.​

Lighthouse Labs logo

A nonprofit, mentor-driven startup accelerator program.

Metropolitan Business League logo

A nonprofit association that fosters business development and expansion for small, women- and minority-owned businesses.

Novel Coworking logo

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.

RVA Works logo

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

SCORE logo

A premier volunteer, nonprofit providing free small business advice.

Trolley Ventures logo

A venture capitalist group that supports early-stage companies in Central Virginia.

Venture Forum RVA logo

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.