FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is a high-growth startup?

  • You have a product/service that can appeal to and serve a large market 
  • You have developed or are in the process of developing a strategy/capability to reach that large market

If I have workspace already, can I be a virtual member?

One thing we place value in at Startup Virginia is the culture of our workspace. We have a collection of amazing people come through our doors everyday and we want you to be a part of that. This is why we only offer virtual memberships to those founders who live outside of the Richmond area.

What does it mean when you say you’re a nonprofit?

It means that we are here for the benefit of our members. When you join us, we don’t take equity in your company, and your membership fee goes directly into making Startup Virginia better for you.

Can I come look around before I apply?

Absolutely! We would love to see you down at 1717. If you go to the events page of the website, you will see a schedule of tours and info sessions. If you would like to schedule a meeting and tour before the scheduled monthly tour please contact us at contact@startupvirginia.org.

Will you invest in my company?

No, being a nonprofit, we cannot invest in your company. However, we will provide you access to capital through high-level connections, visibility on our website, and specifically-designed programming.

How long is a lease?

We recognize the nature of startups is rooted in change. We do not require that you sign a lease, and membership is on a month-to-month basis. However, a membership/license agreement must be signed and will be sent to you after being accepted as a member.

How are memberships approved?

The dedicated staff at Startup Virginia carefully considers each application, and it is approved or denied based on our high growth criteria.

When are you open?

Our building is open 24/7 for members, mentors, and staff through keycard access. During regular business hours (9-5, Monday through Friday), we have a front desk manager who will sign in and direct visitors. We are not open on bank holidays.

Where are you located?

Startup Virginia is located in the heart of Shockoe Bottom at 1717 East Cary Street. Below you will find a map and information on parking.

Note: There are also bike racks at the front of the building.

1717 East Cary Street, Richmond VA 23223

Parking at Startup Virginia


Paid parking
 ($5-$6/day) is available at multiple lots within 3 blocks of 1717:

  • Main Street Station Parking Lot
    1533 E. Main Street
  • Canal Club Parking Lot (Lot 31)
    1586 Dock Street
  • 18th & Main Parking Lot (Cash Only!)
    7 S. 18th Street

Free street parking is available in the area. Note: Parking right outside of 1717 is limited to 2 hours.

A bike rack is located outside at the front of the building.