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Campaign Opens to Grow Jobs in Roanoke-Blacksburg Region

Thursday, November 7, 2013  
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The Roanoke Blacksburg Innovation Blueprint launched a $100k crowdfunding campaign this week with the goal of supporting 100 businesses and startups, attracting $75M in venture capital, and helping to create 1500 jobs over the next 3 years in the Roanoke-Blacksburg region.

The Blueprint has been guided by those that share a vision for a vibrant regional economy. Over 100 business and education leaders have volunteered their time and energy to this effort. The Roanoke – Blacksburg Innovation Network (RBIN), a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, is the Blueprint’s hub. The vision is bold, drafted in collaboration with major institutions in the region, local companies, mentors, entrepreneurs, and community leaders.

 

In order to meet that goal, money collected from this campaign will go towards:

 

  • Building out a mentor and ambassador program, making it easy for innovators to connect with local mentors.
  • Establishing space in both Roanoke and Blacksburg to help facilitate mentoring and ideation.
  • Talent development and recruitment including a portal project that will act as a single point of contact for STEM and intern program between the science and tech community and educational institutions.
  • Accelerating the commercialization of new technologies. Specifically, a tech transfer mentoring group will be set up which will include investors and serial entrepreneurs who are proactively seeking research that has commercial potential and mentoring researchers through the process.

To learn more, click here, or donate now.


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