Innovation and Entrepreneurship Organizations


RAMP is a public/private business accelerator serving high-growth startups in the STHEM-H fie

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The Advancement Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides infrastructure, support, and business assistance resources to create an effective local entrepreneurial ecosystem.

The Advancement Foundation numerous initiatives and accomplishments include, but are not limited to:

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The Valleys innovation Council serves both the Roanoke and New River Valleys to provide an environment where innovation businesses can launch and thrive.

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RBTC is a member-driven association working to promote the growth of the Roanoke-Blacksburg technology community.


Regional Entrepreneurship Coalition (REC)

Members of this group include innovation and entrepreneurial organizations from throughout the Roanoke Region.


Virginia Western Community College Entrepreneurial Mindset: Gig Economy Program

Series of workshops for individuals who are participating in, or want to participate in the “Gig Economy”. 

Institute for Entrepreneurial Learning (IEL) at Hollins University

Fosters creative and innovative thinking and provides students and businesses with the resources needed to develop an entrepreneurial outlook across all disciplines.

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Roanoke College Center for Leadership and Entrepreneurial Innovation (CLEI)

The CLEI “inspires innovation through education” and assists students with discovering their vocational passions and interests. 

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