RAMP accelerator taking show on the road with latest round of growing startups
The upcoming graduates of Roanoke’s startup accelerator took turns pitching their businesses to a room of investors and community leaders at the annual RAMP Demo Day this week — but they’re not finished yet.
RAMP is taking its show on the road this year, first to Pittsburgh this week and then Washington, D.C., next month.
The main goal is to get the companies in front of investors who might choose to back their businesses. But Mary Miller, director of the accelerator, said it’s also about showing off the kind of startups taking root in Southwest Virginia.
“I want the rest of the commonwealth to know we’ve got some pretty clever companies coming up here,” Miller said. “There are a lot of people in the commonwealth who think everything happens in Richmond or Washington or Hampton Roads. And that’s just not true.”
Miller pointed to companies in this year’s cohort of five startups, like Micro Harmonics Corp., which manufacturers high-tech communications devices. The company is eligible for a NASA program that will match funds raised by investors dollar-for-dollar up to $1 million.
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