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RVA Works is a public-nonprofit partnership of the EDA, committed to job creation and diverse economic growth through new business formation.  We are creating the leading organization to support Ventures for the Greater Good, providing incubator spaces to work within, filling program and capital gaps in our startup community, enabling startups to navigate the range of other service providers in the region, fostering stakeholder engagement, and reporting on shared strategy for the ecosystem.  


November 2015 - We hosted an event with Capital One's Future Edge program team, and Hands On Greater Richmond.  Together we discussed working to support broader economic opportunity and poverty alleviation in our under-resourced communities.  This work to support diverse economic growth and job creation sits at the heart of the EDA and is only made possible through strong collaboration with the private sector.  Inclusion is a part of the solution; as are scaleable technologies.  We're seeing substantive opportunities to establish Richmond as a Top 10 Startup City.  "Empower. Greater Good." encapsulates our commitment to market-based entrepreneurial opportunities which achieve societal benefit and commercial returns.  Some of the ideas which surfaced from the discussion, included:  a shared back office service center, joint procurement program, and an expansion of capital access.

RVA Works Presentation Hands On - Capital One Nov2015.pdf

RVA Works Handout Hands On - Capital One Nov2015.pdf




how we

Entrepreneur Facilities

RVA Works is Richmond’s new business incubator with over 40 organizations in 48,000 square feet in the heart of the city.

Access to Capital

RVA Works may be able to provide you with access to capital.

1 Million Cups Works

1 Million Cups is a national startup community program which brings together diverse founders so they connect and support one another.

StartUp Works with WIBO™

StartUp Works with WIBO™ is a program to support founders acquire new skills, mentors, professional networks and capital.

Richmond Lifestyle


Richmond is among the great cities of America in which to live, work, and relax.  We have received accolades based on our history, outdoor lifestyle, nightlife, food, and cost-of-living advantages.  We have a thriving urban culture with a fitness bent - a new 50 mile Capital City bike trail, class IV rapids on the James River, signature running events, and we’re home to Richmond 2015 UCI Road World Cycling Championships.  Cool creative workspaces, coffee houses, restaurants and micro-breweries are dotted through neighborhoods flourishing with music festivals, arts exhibitions and sporting events.


  • “ Our administration's top priority is creating jobs and economic development in the Commonwealth. RVA Works is a great example of these efforts. Together we are improving our competitiveness as a state, and creating jobs and growth in those communities where they are most needed. ”

    Maurice Jones, Secretary of Commerce and Trade
  • “ RVA Works gave me an abundance of resources to use when forming my business; from networking opportunities, to mentors, to basic education (the commonsense part of starting a business that a lot of big companies don't teach people). Through its holistic approach to starting a business, I was able to form my company while going through classes at RVA Works, and gain the knowledge and confidence to follow my dream of opening Kernoodle Homes, and I will be forever thankful for this opportunity. ”

    Tonya Kernoodle, Kernoodle Homes
  • “ 1 Million Cups was an excellent venue for us at Notch (@notch_io) to get some great exposure and insight from other local entrepreneurs. We look forward to continuing our relationship with the group! ”

    David Der, Notch
  • “ RVA Works is unique in its inclusive and holistic approach to making startups thrive. ”

    Gunnar Bartels
About Us

The Richmond EDA is authorized to initiate and develop business opportunities on behalf of the City.  The EDA’s mission is to foster economic development and job creation through strategic real estate development, startup support, and small business finance programs.

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Address : 501 East Franklin Street 

Richmond, VA   23219

Phone : (804) 521-4002

Fax : (804) 521-4004

Email : richard.montague@richmondeda.org