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RAMP (Regional Acceleration and Mentoring Program)

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RAMP (Regional Acceleration and Mentoring Program) is a partnership of Virginia Western Community College, the City of Roanoke and the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council. Its mission is to propel high-potential startups to expand and create jobs in the STEM-H (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Health) fields.

RAMP operates from the Gill Memorial Building, 709 S. Jefferson St. in downtown Roanoke's Innovation Corridor.

History of the Gill Memorial Building (PDF)

Virginia Western offers classes at RAMP that are open to the public. They include:

Lean Startup

Learn how to use a business model canvas to map out each part of an enterprise or new product idea, and customer discovery to see whether anyone will want/use your product.
This is an 8-week course.

Session Starting June 6, 2017

Leadership Bootcamp

Learn about the 4 phases of the Team Work Cycle, your management style and how to communicate effectively.
Set-up as 1-day workshops.

May 5, 2017 Session
June 2, 2017 Session

To Learn More

Contact Samantha Steidle, Administrative Officer for Workforce Innovation and Business Development, at (540) 857-6378 or .

For more information about RAMP, see

In the News

Woods Rogers law firm pledges $50,000 to support new RAMP business accelerator (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… (Read More…)

RAMP business accelerator awarded $40,000 state grant (November 16, 2016)

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe today announced the awarding of a $40,000 state grant to support the development of entrepreneurial classes at RAMP, a new technology… (Read More…)

RAMP business accelerator to foster growth of region’s high-potential startups (June 30, 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… (Read More…)


Contact RAMP

Phone: 540-857-6378

3094 Colonial Ave., SW
Roanoke, VA 24015

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