Startup and Business Assistance in Charlottesville

Finding the right kind of help to start and grow your venture is critical to the long-term health of your business. Here, we’ve organized a list of organizations and programs that provide startup and business assistance, in addition to supporting the entrepreneurial community at large. Unsure which organization or program is best for you? Contact us and we’ll help point you in the right direction.

Charlottesville Area Programs and Organizations

Blue Morning – Supports early-stage, mission-driven companies seeking to grow their business and impact both within and beyond Virginia. The three-month program runs on a rolling basis and content is tailored to the individual growth needs of each business. Participants receive technical assistance, coaching for capital raise events, support to build out their management team, and introductions to Blue Morning’s network of impact investors, commercial partners, and industry experts. Learn more here >

Central Virginia SCORE – Provides mentoring, local workshops, online workshops, templates, and tools aimed at facilitating the success of Virginia’s small businesses. SCORE operates in Charlottesville and serves the seven surrounding counties. Learn more here >

Center for Innovative Technology – CIT’s Federal Funding Assistance Program identifies and accelerates opportunities for Virginia’s small technology businesses to obtain SBIR, STTR and other government contracts. The organization provides guidance, direction, training and valuable resources to enhance the competitiveness of a venture’s SBIR/STTR proposal strategy. CIT hosts several low-cost SBIR/STTR training courses throughout the year to assist Virginia-based firms in their efforts to learn how to compete more effectively in many stages of the SBIR/STTR program. Learn more here >

Charlottesville Business Innovation Council – Organizes and promotes collaboration among the entrepreneurial and high-tech community via its events, networking opportunities, and educational programming in the greater Charlottesville area.

Community Investment Collaborative – Offers a 17-week training course that helps participants develop and launch their microenterprises. Upon graduation, participants have access to incremental microloans up to $35,000. CIC offers business training, one-on-on mentoring, personal peer sessions, and personal and business credit building. Learn more here >

Cville Machine – A technology accelerator providing 3-6 months of free work space, professional accounting and legal counsel, and mentorship. Select teams receive $20,000 – $50,000 in seed investment. Entrepreneurs should have conceptualized a new technology or venture; teams should be or soon-to-be full time in pursuit of their project. Cville Machine favors highly scalable software and web-based businesses across a range of industries. Learn more here >

HackCville – Runs a 12-week summer immersion program on topics ranging from entrepreneurship to photography to data science. Programs are open to UVa undergraduate students and Charlottesville residents over the age of 18; participants develop skills through collaborative, hands-on projects in a fast-paced, community-driven environment. HackCville connects their immersion programs with Charlottesville startups and businesses to offer paid internships to participants. Learn more here >

i.Lab at University of Virginia – The i.Lab provides coaching, courses, workshops, and incubation to students, faculty and community members with concept-stage ventures. The 10-week summer program provides a $5,000 grant to each team and access to legal services, mentoring, and network connections. Learn more here >

Virginia Small Business Development Center – Offers free business counseling services, assists with feasibility studies and business planning, sponsors seminars and training, and provides information and other services to area small and mid-sized businesses. The center is hosted by the Central Virginia Central Virginia SBDC serves the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson, and Orange counties. Learn more here >