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Mach37 - Cyber focused Accelerator

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Our unique 90-day program design places heavy emphasis on the validation of product ideas and the development of relationships that produce an initial customer base and investment capital - accelerating a founder’s path to a sustainable business model. Since 2013, MACH37™ has launched 57 cyber companies. 73% of our graduates are still in business and 60% have raised follow-on investment.

Lighthouse Labs

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Lighthouse Labs is the premier and nationally recognized Top 25 Seed-Stage Accelerator in Virginia. We invest $20,000 per startup without taking equity or fees from founders. Our 3-month experience for high-growth startups is designed to help founders develop quickly and expand their market with a tested business. We engage founders with mentors, industry experts, investors, support services, lean startup education, and office space.

StartUp Virginia

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  • Currently serves 80+ startups
  • Provides more than 200 mentors and subject matter experts
  • Offers regional investment network
  • Serves Richmond, Charlottesvilles, Williamsburg, Tidewater areas
  • Offers leadership development courses and entrepreneur certification
  • Holds social networking events
  • National founding partners: Amazon Web Services and HubSpot, many regional partners

VentureLab Incubator

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VentureLab Incubator supports the development of new entrepreneurs and the growth of promising early-stage ventures.

Since its first cohort in 2000, VentureLab has provided nearly $1.5 million in grants to upwards of 275 companies, supporting nearly 450 founding team members.

VentureLab welcomes applications from any team with at least one founder who is a current student, faculty, or staff at UVA, including College at Wise. Submissions by UVA alumni from the past three years will also be considered. Cofounders not affiliated and alumni who graduated in 2016 or prior may participate in VentureLab as long as the primary cofounder remains an active participant.

VentureLab is an initiative of the Batten Institute at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, which has sponsored an early-stage, summer incubator program for more than twenty years.  VentureLab represents the latest evolution of this program, which was previously housed at the UVA i.Lab.

Hampton Roads VA Small Business Portal

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Small Business support in the Hampton Roads Area, including incubators and accelerators.

VTKnowledge Works

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VT KnowledgeWorks provides business formation and growth support services primarily to the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg and Tech Center in Newport News, Virginia. We engage our extensive network of consultants, mentors, early-stage investors, and professional service providers to help emerging and expanding enterprises maximize opportunities and minimize risks.

Launchpad: Greater Williamsburg Business Incubator

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The Greater Williamsburg Partnership (communities of York County, James City County, and the City of Williamsburg), seeks to develop a world class business incubator that fosters a successful entrepreneurial community by providing the facilities, advisory services and amenities that will allow businesses to start, grow and reach their highest potential to benefit the Greater Williamsburg communities.

Launchpad is a facility that provides a comprehensive support process designed to assist and accelerate the successful development and growth of start-up and young companies. This is accomplished through a carefully designed incubation program of business education, targeted services, networking, and other programs designed to help the entrepreneur.