Interact. Incubate. Innovate.
1717 Innovation Center (1717) is where the magic happens. A community-driven business incubator, 1717 is designed to help startups grow, compete and succeed in the tech and innovation ecosystem in Virginia and beyond.
Located in historic downtown Richmond, the 100-year old building offers 42,000 square feet of space and acts as a central hub by which members (up to 50 startup businesses at a time) can connect and collaborate.
The state-of-the-art facility features six floors including 25 private offices for startups, shared, coworking and mentoring spaces, meeting rooms, common areas and a rooftop terrace overlooking the city. Each floor features a theme, symbolic of the different Richmond neighborhoods: Church Hill, The Fan, Jackson Ward, Manchester and Scott’s Addition.
Capital One serves as our founding partner, a startup that originated in Richmond and is now the eighth-largest commercial bank in the United States. At Startup Virginia, our mission is to support companies creating the same kind of impact that Capital One has had on this region.
We’re ready for Virginia, and you, to shine.
For Lovers. And for Entrepreneurs.
Located in the center of the East Coast, between the Atlantic Coast and the Appalachian Mountains, Virginia is the gateway to the South. This is where our country began more than 400 years ago as settlers began the first wave of entrepreneurism.
While Virginia is steeped in history and deep southern traditions, it’s also a progressive, forward-thinking state that encourages new ways of thinking and embraces a strong entrepreneurial community. Last year, Virginia ranked in the Top 5 of the Forbes “Best States for Business.”
But it’s not all work and no play. Virginia is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, offering endless opportunities for adventure during its four-season climate. From skiing and hiking to cycling and white water rafting, there’s no shortage of activities for taking in the natural beauty of the Old Dominion.
Virginia prides itself on having a vibrant arts community. In the state’s capital of Richmond, inspiring street art abounds, as well as a thriving restaurant and bar scene. It’s currently home to the most craft breweries and wineries per capita in the entire country. Additionally, Richmond was named the second most popular location in the country for millennials to move by TIME; a top tech town by Realtor.com; the South's best kept culinary secret by Garden & Gun; the best river town by Outside; and best place to live by U.S. News & World Report