Ecosystem Resources

Richmond provides a dynamic and developing business ecosystem for entrepreneurs.  Together, we provide significant advantages and opportunities for aspiring startups:

  • Richmond - One of the "Ten Up and Coming Cities for Entrepreneurs" - Forbes
  • #1 Large State for Growth Entrepreneurship - Kauffman Foundation
  • #1 Public University, School of Arts and Design - VCU Arts, U.S. News & World Report
  • Virginia Tops the 2013 List of the Best States for Business - Forbes
  • Virginia has attracted $6.3 billion in international investment, and is home to over 700 international firms - Virginia Economic Development Partnership
  • #1 state for the percentage of private sector employees in technology firms, STATS America
  • Home to the VCU Brandcenter "...nation's most demanding, progressive, and acclaimed graduate program in advertising." - Upstart Business
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i.e. is a Collaborative Community of the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce, which showcases creativity and innovation in the region.  See:  http://www.ie-rva.org/

 

We are pleased to provide the following resources to our colleagues – entrepreneurs, investors, donors and community partners.  Together we are building an ecosystem poised for strong differentiation and growth.  It is through continued collaboration locally, and with our partners outside the region, that we are distinguishing Richmond as a great place in which to start a business. 

 

Differentiating Our Startup Ecosystem

Covering the opportunity for Richmond to differentiate as an ecosystem attracting new talent and new capital.  Topics include:  the role of entrepreneurship in economic development, the economic context in Virginia, regional comparative advantages and challenges, and opportunities to leverage assets to pursue growth sectors.

Click here to download the report


 


New Businesses Services Report 2016

Profiles of over 50 organizations across the Richmond region, providing physical workspaces, classroom instruction, professional networking and events, mentorship, access to capital, and other direct services for new business founders.

Click here to download the report

 

 

SourceLink Virginia

SourceLink Virginia is a project of the Virginia Community Economic Network.  The online portal is designed to connect aspiring, emerging, and established entrepreneurs to business assistance providers who can help them grow and succeed. SourceLink Virginia provides entrepreneurs free and easy access to the resources they need- when they need it. 

http://www.sourcelinkvirginia.org/ 


VCU Innovation Gateway

Richmond has a thriving a business community and an exciting entrepreneurial ecosystem. This section highlights the organizations in greater Richmond, and where startups may want to get involved.

http://www.squared.vcu.edu/resources-in-rva/ 




A Founders' Guide to Navigating the Legal Landscape

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