Startup Shenandoah Valley is a hybrid program that combines the strengths of accelerator and incubator models. The program delivers online coaching to identify and address the riskiest parts of each entrepreneur’s business model. Participants will join a cohort with access to the best resource providers, mentors, and investors in and beyond the region. This powerful network and flexible online guidance are what make S2V unique. S2V is offered to participants at no charge and without equity requirements.

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Who Should Apply?

Businesses ready for rapid, iterative development, at every level — from building the product to refining and scaling the business model.

What to Expect

8 – 12 companies will participate in 8 weeks of virtual content tailored to their business and stage of growth.

How does S2V differ?

Participants are supported by mentors, investors, and subject matter experts as you execute the plan you develop.

When does S2V start?

The application window is open and applications are due Nov. 13th. This program will begin in early January 2021.

FOR BUSINESSES CREATING JOBS IN…

FREDERICK, WINCHESTER, CLARKE, SHENANDOAH, WARREN, PAGE, ROCKINGHAM, HARRISONBURG, HIGHLAND, AUGUSTA, STAUNTON, WAYNESBORO, BATH, ROCKBRIDGE, LEXINGTON, BUENA VISTA

FOR BUSINESSES FOCUSED ON…

LIGHT MANUFACTURING, FOOD PROCESSING, AGRICULTURE, TECHNOLOGY, AND PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

Ryan Hall
Ryan comes to SCCF as an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Builder. Ryan became the President of the Old Town Winchester Business Association in 2012 and worked to support experiential education at Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum for 5 years. In 2015, he helped found the Valley Makers Association, a nonprofit that supports small manufacturing businesses by providing access to tools and space. Through this effort, Ryan began manufacturing low-cost adaptive devices for individuals with disabilities and now leads a statewide effort to coordinate this type of manufacturing, Makers Making Change.

Ryan graduated from Shenandoah University with his Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership in 2019. To learn more about Ryan’s role in entrepreneurial ecosystem building, he may be reached at ryan@stauntonfund.org.

Alex Andrew
Alex joins Staunton Creative Community Fund as an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Builder after 7 years as an economic officer with the U.S. State Department. His assignments within the Department included the Office of Central American Affairs, the Republic of Korea, and Ethiopia. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Alex was an Inter-Agency Liaison at the Battelle Memorial Institute.  From 2004 to 2011, he served in the U.S. Army as a linguist, first in the 82nd Airborne Division and later at Ft. George G. Meade.  

Alex holds an MBA from Columbia University, a Bachelor’s in International Relations from American University and associates degrees from the Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College and the Defense Language Institute. To learn more about Alex’s role in entrepreneurial ecosystem building, he may be reached at alex@stauntonfund.org.

Kim Newton
Kim is excited to join SCCF as Program Administrator. She is passionate about building community by helping people,  businesses, and organizations fulfill their missions. Kim has co-found and served multiple non-profits, including WQSV 106.3FM, Staunton’s first community radio station. Her experience includes leading education and youth programs, as well as theatre directing, research, and arts management. She holds a Master of Letters in Shakespeare and Performance from Mary Baldwin University and a BA in Theatre from Hunter College CUNY.