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A partnership between Virginia Western Community College, Roanoke City, and the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council.

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RAMP Info Session – March 28

Is your startup Interested in applying to RAMP, the new Roanoke-Blacksburg technology business accelerator? Join us for an application acceleration & FAQ information session. Bring your questions and your team members. Date:  Tuesday, March 28, 2017 Time: ...

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Tech and Toast: RAMPing Up Tech Startups – March 23

Join us for the next Tech and Toast, March 23 at the Hotel Roanoke. This Tech and Toast will feature a moderated panel of local leaders who will be discussing RAMP, a new technology business accelerator program soon to open in downtown Roanoke. Panelists will offer an...

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RAMP Open House – March 16

The City of Roanoke, Virginia Western Community College (VWCC), and the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council (RBTC) cordially invite you to join us for an Open House as we mark the launch of RAMP, the Roanoke-Blacksburg Accelerator. RAMP is the home to...

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RAMP Business Accelerator Anchor Tenant Opportunity Available

The RAMP business accelerator is offering an exclusive ground-floor opportunity to any established, stable company looking for space within a vibrant, entrepreneurial atmosphere. More than just office space, the Gill Memorial Building will be the home of RAMP: The...

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RBTC Seeks RAMP Accelerator Director

The Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council (RBTC) is seeking a talented individual to serve as the Director of the RAMP Accelerator. RAMP is located in downtown Roanoke in a historic building under renovation through a public-private partnership, in close proximity to...

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CEO Insights: Ramping Up Tech Entrepreneurs

How do you increase the success rate for technology entrepreneurs in our region? You accelerate them by giving them a place to move from launch to growth, which is exactly what the new regional business accelerator in downtown Roanoke plans to do. Having an incubator...

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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.


RAMP: Renovations Began | June 29, 2016

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