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Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program (ICAP)

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The Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program (ICAP) is a free, intensive startup assistance program targeting Virginia-based high-growth potential technology and innovation-driven ventures.

ICAP, part of Virginia’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC), helps entrepreneurs along the entire startup journey – from ideation through Series A funding and beyond.

This includes helping identify customers and developing a validated business models to creating an effective fundraising strategy and connecting founders to relevant resources attract investors. The program does not provide direct funding.

ICAP mentors help startups:

  • Develop a validated business model.
  • Create a go-to-market strategy.
  • Gain access to experts, advisors, and angel investors.
  • Get help obtaining non-dilutive and equity funding.
  • Receive continuous counseling and strategic guidance.

The ICAP website showcases resources and partners.

Get Help, Find a Partner
Incubators and accelerators Startup tools Universities
Potential investors Online webinars Technology councils
Reading recommendations Industry partners Innovation centers


To get started with ICAP, you can apply to the program here. You can also email the ICAP team at

About the SBDC

The Virginia SBDC Network is a partnership between the U.S. Small Business Administration, George Mason University, and local host organizations throughout Virginia, including universities, community colleges, chambers of commerce, municipalities, economic development organizations, and private companies.