What does RAMP hope to accomplish?
RAMP aims to fuel regional growth by engaging young companies within the community, and RAMP recognizes the impact these companies have on job growth, community healthand bringing in outside investments.
RAMP will host programs and services for startups while leveraging private-sector funding to fuel startups. RAMP will select 3 to 5 science, technology, engineering, math and healthcare companies for its inaugural cohort. For the first 3to 4 months, these startups will go through a boot camp to refine their products/services and business processes to help them succeed in the marketplace. For the rest of their tenure at RAMP, they will be advised, prep for investor engagements, and meet potential investors.
Simply put, Virginia Western Community College believes in strengthening the regional economy, and the best way to do this is to grow and keep talent across a myriad of sectors. By partnering with RAMP, VWCC can help to ensure the area’s future economic health and growth.
RAMP launched in early 2017 in downtown Roanoke’s Gill Memorial Hospital building at 709 S. Jefferson St.
RAMP has major public and private partnerships in the area, and as the region’s only accelerator, startups can rest assured that when they are aligned with RAMP that they are receiving a path toward a successful future. RAMP is going to change the face of the area’s economy by fostering the best of the best, keeping talent local and economic growth steady for years to come!