Startup Virginia is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization funded, in part, through donations, sponsorships and partnerships. With support from partners, local investors and the community, we aim to make Richmond the principal startup hub of Virginia and the east coast.

Your financial support ensures the success of our region, providing valuable programmatic and personnel resources to startups that are creating lasting workforce and economic development impact locally, nationally and even globally.

Ways To Get Involved

Join our Founders Circle


The Founders Circle recognizes the accomplishments of Richmond’s most successful entrepreneurs.  Membership in this elite group indicates that you are/were the founder and operator of a startup company that scaled to regional, national or global presence. It also represents that your entrepreneurial skills have been instrumental in building a successful business, and that you recognize the importance of leadership and guidance in the journey, key components of the mission of Startup Virginia.

Founders Circle members are committed to their community and are keenly aware of the responsibility to give back.  We honor these extraordinary individuals through invitation and membership in the Founders Circle.  Members of the Founders Circle are recognized on a wall in the Community Room of the 1717 Innovation Center, a room used by community organizations throughout the region for meetings and events.

Founders Circle members are honored with a personal placard that includes a bio and the details of their important and valuable accomplishments. These placards will be read by thousands who will certainly be inspired by their achievements. The Founders Circle represents both accomplishment and inspiration to others and is critically important in fostering the growth of entrepreneurship and innovation in Richmond.


Those who donate through the Founders Circle will receive the following benefits:

  • Recognition on Startup Virginia’s Donor Wall
  • Recognition on a personal placard in the community room (Founders Circle Only)
  • Invitation to Startup Virginia’s Annual Donor Reception
  • Invitation to exclusive events and opportunities at the 1717 Innovation Center

If you are interested in learning more about the Campaign for Community Investment or the Founders Circle please contact

Startup Virginia, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax deductible. Please seek tax advice if necessary.


View our Founding Partner & Supporters.



Sponsoring a Startup Virginia education or event program is a great way to connect with the entrepreneur community, gain exposure for your company and work towards a shared goal of creating a more robust economy for Virginia.  Visit our Program page to learn more about program offerings.

If you are interested in learning more about which programs are available for sponsorship please contact

Be A Sponsor



Investing in a company at Startup Virginia through the CVA Angel network or the Trolley Ventures Fund is a great way to participate in our growing entrepreneurial ecosystem.  It also offers benefits beyond financial. It inspires community engagement, networking opportunities and a chance to take an active role in contributing to the exciting chapter ahead. 

Be An Investor



Make a tax deductible donation the Startup Virginia. Fill out the donation form below.


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