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High Potential Startups: Looking to accelerate your success?

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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.

Contact us for more information at .

Interested in starting a business? Check out this FREE resource

Virginia Western encourages a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship by providing resources and networking opportunities to tap into the start up world.

Building your Business Model?

Click here to download this free business model canvas worksheet designed to help you articulate, create and structure your business or non-profit vision. (PDF)

Interviewing customers?

Click here for a list of Interview/Customer Discovery Questions. Pick and choose the questions that are most aligned with where you are in the Startup process. Also, consider which questions will yield the most valuable information for you.

Need a potential customer list?

Check out the advanced search option in Reference USA. It is a free research tool for building customer lists so you know who to reach out to.

How to access Reference USA – Free list service:

  1. Go to
  2. Scroll to bottom & click Reference USA.
  3. Use Your Library Card #.
  4. Under U.S. Business, Click "Search".
  5. Click "Advanced Search".
  6. Use filters to narrow down by industry, radius, title, # of employees.
  7. Click "Update Count" until you have the right number of contacts.

Looking to major or minor in Entrepreneurship? Enroll in the Entrepreneurship Certificate Program

Explore other courses in the entrepreneurship certificate program, including marketing and small business management.

For more information about RAMP, see

Need startup advice? Check out SBDC counseling.

The mission of the Roanoke Regional Small Business Development Center (RRSBDC) is to promote small business creation, growth, and development by providing professional business counseling at no charge to the client.  The RRSBDC also provides affordable training and informational resources.

We assist small businesses, individuals purchasing or selling a business, not-for-profits, and aspiring business owners. We are able to offer these services at no or minimal cost due to the support of our sponsors.

Click here for more information about SBDC.

In the News

Local tech company with VWCC connections partners with NASA (July 12, 2019)

When scientists at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) capture future pictures of Earth’s atmosphere, they might end…

RAMP business accelerator awarded 2nd $40,000 state grant (August 28, 2017)

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe today announced the awarding of a second $40,000 state grant to support the development of…

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…

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…

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…

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Contact RAMP

Phone: 540-857-6738

3094 Colonial Ave., SW
Roanoke, VA 24015

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