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Mentor Magic with Tom England 600 337 RAMP - Roanoke Business Accelerator

Mentor Magic with Tom England

“Spend lots of time with your target market,” advises RAMP mentor Tom England, founder of Pareto Insight in our newest Mentor Magic video series that offers guidance for startup ventures.

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Mentor Magic: Mike Abbott 600 337 RAMP - Roanoke Business Accelerator

Mentor Magic: Mike Abbott

“Be your best devil’s advocate,” says RAMP instructor Mike Abbott in our newest “Mentor Magic” video that offers advice to aspiring entrepreneurs.

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Mentor Profile: Doug Juanarena 300 375 RAMP - Roanoke Business Accelerator

Mentor Profile: Doug Juanarena

Please join us in thanking Doug Juanarena — serial entrepreneur, Valleys Innovation Council board co-chair and mentor to three successful RAMP tech startups to date.

Founder and CEO of three tech startups over a 35-year career, Juanarena today donates his expertise to help aspiring entrepreneurs as a RAMP mentor. “It’s been rewarding because it’s fun to help the next generation of founders get to the next level whether it’s scaling up through raising capital or product development or strategic planning,” Juanarena says.

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RAMP project to expand with help of federal grant 1024 604 RAMP - Roanoke Business Accelerator

RAMP project to expand with help of federal grant

From The Roanoke Times: Sept. 29, 2020

After nurturing 24 startup businesses over the past four years, an acceleration program aimed at advancing high-tech innovation in Western Virginia will soon double its annual output.

The expansion of the Regional Accelerator and Mentoring Program, better known as RAMP, will be funded by a nearly $1 million federal grant and matching resources from a variety of universities, localities and organizations.

VIC, RBTC and RAMP form strategic alliance 1024 575 RAMP - Roanoke Business Accelerator

VIC, RBTC and RAMP form strategic alliance

Valleys Innovation Council (VIC), Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council (RBTC), and the Regional Accelerator and Mentoring Program (RAMP) today announced they are joining forces in a strategic alliance. The new alliance will drive initiatives that support the region’s innovation economy and technology community.

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