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Opportunities

Our mission, to serve and strengthen our entrepreneurial community, is broad and bold. What needs do you see? We welcome your input on these initial areas of activity.

Expansion of Business Investment Activities

Central Virginia already leads the Southeast in angel investing activity. Venture Central, together with regional partners, are working to increase and diversify investment participation through activities like Women On The Rise and Angel Academy. 

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Regional Coordination & Research

Central Virginia, which includes the Charlottesville region, is home to nationally respected resources for entrepreneurs. These organizations provide loans, grants, investments, mentoring, training, networking and more. Venture Central convenes, listens, and works to identify what else we need and can accomplish through careful planning. This includes activities like co-managing the Go Virginia Regional Entrepreneurship Investment Strategy grant, and the U.S. EDA Build to Scale grant.

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Facilitating Bigger Things

Our region is rich with great people doing great work. More capacity is needed to follow through on our community's vision. Venture Central is designed to explore and support great work that will serve our bright and adventurous founders, funders, and business leaders.

Another example of growth support is our area's accelerator, 434.co. Hosted by Venture Central, 434.co is a long-format accelerator that provides:

        • $20,000 in grant funding

        • dedicated workspace

        • experienced founders-in-residence

        • monthly programming

        • a large network of industry experts

        • over $50,000 in resources

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