Mentor Magic: Mike Abbott
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.read more
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
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.read more