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Meet the Cohort – May 15, 2018

Please join us as we welcome our second cohort to the RAMP-in-Residence program! You will have the opportunity to meet the eight companies in our second cohort and tour the accelerator. RAMP, Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council, and Virginia Western Community...

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RAMP Announces Second RAMP-in-Residence Cohort

RAMP Business Accelerator Announces Selection of Second Cohort for RAMP-in-Residence at RBTC TechNite 2018   ROANOKE, Va – Eight high-potential startups have been selected to participate in the second RAMP-in-Residence business acceleration cohort. The eight companies...

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Delta Dental of Virginia Contributes $30,000 to RAMP

DELTA DENTAL OF VIRGINIA CONTRIBUTES $30,000 to RAMP to Foster Innovation in Region ROANOKE, Va. (February 27, 2018) – Delta Dental of Virginia has contributed $30,000 to the Regional Acceleration and Mentoring Program (RAMP) to support innovation and entrepreneurship...

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RAMP 2018 Information Sessions

Is your startup interested in learning more about RAMP, our region's STEM-H business accelerator? Are you a successful entrepreneur or business leader that wants to know more about mentoring a growing company? Please join us for an information session and application...

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RAMP: IN THE NEWS

Feldman: Why Innovation Matters
- The Roanoke Times| January 4, 2018

Incubating An Economy
- AmericanCityAndCounty.com| December 6, 2017

RAMP Mentor Q&A: Greg Feldmann, president, Skyline Capital Strategies
- The Roanoke Times| October 1, 2017

RAMP helps promising startups focus on the business side of doing business
- The Roanoke Times| September 16, 2017

RAMP business accelerator awarded 2nd $40,000 state grant
- VWCC News | August 28, 2017

Woods Rogers pledges $50,000 to accelerator
- Virginia Business Magazine | February 15, 2017

STEM-H business accelerator receives money to help start-up businesses
- WSLS10 | February 15, 2017

RAMP offices opening Roanoke's Gill Memorial building
- VirginiaFirst.com | February 3, 2017

Startup accelerator opens application window for first entrepreneurs
- The Roanoke Times | February 2, 2017

RAMP startup accelerator lands $40,000 grant to train entrepreneurs
- The Roanoke Times | November 16, 2016

Whitt: Ramping up tech entrepreneurs
- The Roanoke Times | August 28, 2016

RAMP business accelerator to foster growth of region’s high-potential startups
- The Roanoke Times | July 8, 2016

Roanoke RAMP program aims to foster technology startups
WSLS 10 | June 29, 2016

New business accelerator could ramp up Roanoke, New River valleys
- The Roanoke Times | June 29, 2016

RAMP Business Accelerator to Foster Growth of Region’s High-potential Startups

(PRESS RELEASE) June 29, 2016

Propelling high-potential startups to expand and create jobs is the goal of RAMP, a new technology business accelerator program set to launch in early 2017 in downtown Roanoke.

Entrepreneurs who seek to scale up their companies will apply to participate in RAMP, which stands for “Regional Acceleration and Mentoring Program”. The program will be housed in the historic Gill Memorial Hospital building at 709 S. Jefferson St., along the recently announced downtown Health Sciences and Technology Innovation District. Support for RAMP comes from a broad public/private partnership that draws on leaders in higher education, government, and the region’s growing technology community. RAMP founding partners include:

  • The City of Roanoke, which won a $600,000 state grant approved by Gov. Terry McAuliffe to renovate the Gill building as an accelerator;
  • Virginia Western Community College, which will provide business education classes and faculty support;
  • The Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council, whose members lead the RAMP Advisory Board and will develop the accelerator’s mentorship and networking initiatives;

“The breadth of this partnership demonstrates that many people recognize the need for a business accelerator in the Roanoke-Blacksburg region,” said Dr. Robert H. Sandel, President of Virginia Western Community College and a Roanoke-Blacksburg Innovation Network (RBIN) director. “We believe we can grow and keep our talent, whether it’s in information technology, advanced manufacturing, biosciences or other entrepreneurial efforts.”

Woods Rogers law firm pledges $50,000 to support new
RAMP business accelerator

(PRESS RELEASE) February 15, 2017

The Virginia law firm of Wood Rogers PLC will donate $50,000 to the Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation in support of the new RAMP technology business accelerator opening in downtown Roanoke. Under a five year agreement, Woods Rogers will contribute $10,000 per year to RAMP beginning in 2017 and concluding in 2021.

The Educational Foundation is a nonprofit organization associated with Virginia Western Community College, which will provide business education programming at RAMP, located in the old Gill Memorial Hospital building at 709 S. Jefferson Street in downtown Roanoke.

“The Educational Foundation is proud to support the RAMP initiative and its mission to create jobs in Roanoke,” said Dr. Angela M. Garcia Falconetti, Executive Director of the Educational Foundation and Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Virginia Western Community College. “RAMP provides an example of the direct role that institutions of higher education can play in economic development.”

RAMP’s mission is to propel high-potential startups to expand and create jobs in the STEM-H (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Health) fields. Other partners in the initiative include the City of Roanoke, which won a state grant to complete renovations on the historical Gill Memorial site; and the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council, which will recruit RAMP participants and provide them mentorship and networking opportunities.