STARTUP VIRGINIA EDUCATON

Entrepreneurs face unique challenges daily. Our education programs are designed to cover an array of topics relevant to current issues. Leveraging our mentor and investor networks, we aim to empower individuals, whether they are new to the startup world or more established.

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Entrepreneur Certificate Course

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Idea Factory

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Workshops

(members only)

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Mentor Network

(members only)

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Leadership Training

(members only)

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Founders Roundtables

(members only)

Entrepreneur Certificate Course

Providing aspiring entrepreneurs with the business acumen and growth trajectory needed to successfully start a business or grow their startup.

Startup Virginia’s Entrepreneur Certificate Course is designed to help individuals develop the business skills necessary to validate their vision, grow their startup, understand funding options, and pitch to potential investors in Central Virginia. A series of classes developed in partnership with industry experts, established mentors, and fellow startup members, cover all aspects of the business launch and process.

In-person certification classes (9 total) take place twice a year – Spring and Fall – on Tuesdays from 8-9:30 a.m. Due to COVID-19, we will not be offering in-person classes until it is safe to do so.

We are currently working on an online version of the course, which will launch in Fall 2020. Stay tuned!

In order to receive the certificate, participants are required to complete the following classes:

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Define Your Idea

Develop the right business model and challenge your assumptions by completing a business model canvas.

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Establish Your Value Proposition

Identify the core value you provide your target customers which in turn will drive them to choose you over your competitors.

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Validate Your Customer Acquisition Strategy

Pinpoint your target customers – who they are, what they want, what drives their decisions – and create customer personas to drive your design process.

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Create Your Marketing Strategy

Take your product or service to market by gaining an understanding of the best practices and tools available to you.

Leverage the Startup Sales Playbook

Define your strategy and fine-tune your sales process so leads turn into customers.

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Understand Startup Finance

Dive into the importance of your numbers and learn financial concepts needed for a startup.

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Develop Legal Strategies

Get insight into key legal issues that startups often overlook. 

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Discover Funding Options in Virginia

Review which funding sources are available and optimal for your business.

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Design Your Pitch Deck

Learn how to present your business plan to potential partners, investors, and customers.

Idea Factory

Leading aspiring entrepreneurs from idea to MVP.

The Idea Factory exists to (1) lead aspiring founders through the process of testing, refining, and validating their ideas, (2) provide new opportunities for those who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19, and (3) enhance our region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and economy by building a more diverse and equitable founder community.

The Idea Factory is for anyone in the Central Virginia area with a technology-driven or manufacturing-based business idea. The 5-week program provides training, resources, and support to test your idea and help you decide whether you are ready to take the next steps towards becoming an entrepreneur. The Idea Factory will be offered several times a year and each session will accept 8-10 participants. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Cost:

The program fee is $500, with need-based scholarships available (we don't want cost to be a barrier for any aspiring entrepreneur).

Visit our Idea Factory page for more details and to apply.

Workshops

Startup Virginia curates programs to meet the current business needs of our members.

Our member startups benefit from startup-focused programming, including workshops that address specific business needs and holistic programs that help founders develop leadership skills, work on company culture, practice mindfulness, and build community.

Examples of past workshops:

  • Be Your Own Publicist with Golden Word
  • Breaking Down Investor Funding with Kaleo Legal
  • Building the Right Tech Strategy with ThinkNimble
  • Fundraising 201: Raising a Seed Round Efficiently with AWS
  • Get to Know the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT)
  • Grow and Get Investors Fired Up w/ Digital Marketing with Workshop Digital
  • Influencer Marketing Strategy
  • Opportunity Zones & Taxes
    with Williams Mullen
  • Pitch Deck Hothouse: Build or Revamp Your Presentation in One Day

Startup Virginia members benefit from the following:

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Sharing Knowledge & Expertise
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Getting Objective Feedback
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Exposure to Different Viewpoints
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Asking Questions
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Strategic Goal Setting

Cost:

Startup Virginia Members - Free
*This is available to Startup Virginia members only.

Mentor Network

Connecting members with knowledgeable professionals who provide guidance, one-on-one coaching and business know-how.

Startup Virginia’s Mentor Network includes an exceptional lineup of successful entrepreneurs, industry experts and discerning investors, who act as partners for each of our members on their startup journey. Building relationships with individuals who understand what it takes to launch and sustain a startup is an invaluable experience that is as meaningful as it is productive.

Startup Virginia mentors offer the following:

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Office Hours
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Roundtable Discussions
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Educational Workshops
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Leadership Coaching
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Strategic Goal Setting

Cost:

Startup Virginia Members - Free
*This is available to Startup Virginia members only.

Leadership Training

Equipping members with the self-awareness and self-confidence to build and lead a sustainable business.

Startup Virginia’s Values Based Leadership Development is an introduction to personal effectiveness training through the lens of emotional intelligence and business aptitude. After a thorough orientation, startup founders and their teams undergo an online assignment and quarterly workshops that help them increase self-understanding, enhance communication, and develop an intentional company culture.

Startup Virginia members are required to complete the following:

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Member Orientation
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Online Assignment
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Quarterly Workshops

Cost:

Startup Virginia Members - Free
*This is available to Startup Virginia members only.

Founders, EdTech + Sales Roundtables

Cultivating a way to bring members together to discuss the challenges and rewards of entrepreneurship.

Startup Virginia’s Founders Roundtable discussions are designed to encourage an open dialogue among members on the startup journey. Small groups of diverse founders meet monthly to participate in structured, confidential discussions about the professional and personal challenges of operating a startup.

Our EdTech and Sales Roundtable discussions provide members an opportunity to meet regularly with others in the community and leverage collective knowledge to help grow their startups.

Startup Virginia members benefit from the following:

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Sharing Knowledge & Expertise
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Exposure to Different Viewpoints
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Asking Questions
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Getting Objective Feedback
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Brainstorming & Problem Solving

Cost:

Startup Virginia Members - Free
*This is available to Startup Virginia members only.