The Catalyst accelerator program is a multi-stakeholder initiative, thanks to funding from and a collaboration among a range of public and private organizations in Central Virginia. This broad collaboration leverages the resources of the wider ecosystem to not only support a select set of high-potential startups selected for the accelerator, but also trigger positive impacts upon the community-at-large.


Commonwealth of Virginia’s Growth and Opportunity initiative

GO Virginia is a bipartisan, business-led economic development initiative that is changing the way Virginia’s diverse regions collaborate on economic and workforce development activities. The Central Virginia Partnership for Economic Development serves as Region 9’s support organization, providing fiduciary oversight and administrative services for activities related to GO Virginia in Region 9.



Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business

The Batten Institute supports education, research and other programs that inspire responsible leaders to change the world through the transformative power of entrepreneurship, innovation and technology.


City of Charlottesville Office of Economic Development

The City of Charlottesville’s Office of Economic Development is the catalyst for public and private initiatives that create employment opportunities and a vibrant and sustainable economy. Staff members provide unique assistance at the municipal level, acting as facilitators between the business community and city, state agencies, private and public sector, academia, and more. It is the intent of the team to craft business-driven strategies that enhance workforce and business development throughout Charlottesville and the region.


Albemarle County Office of Economic Development

Albemarle County’s Economic Development Office connects existing businesses with the information, resources and programs that will help them thrive and grow. In addition to County staff, this network includes individuals and agencies offering assistance in a variety of areas including finance, international trade, process improvement, business planning and workforce development, and University of Virginia or Piedmont Virginia Community College programs.



University of Virginia Office of Economic Development

The University of Virginia serves the Commonwealth and the region by forging partnerships with government and the private sector that accelerate robust, enduring, and inclusive economic growth making it easier to turn academic discovery into new ventures.


Additional collaborations to provide resources, programming, and other forms of support include a wide range of regional and state organizations:



The Community Investment Collective strengthens our community and contributes to economic development by fueling the success of under-resourced entrepreneurs through education, mentoring, financing, and networking.




Central Virginia Partnership for Economic Development is a 501(c)6 non-profit, public / private partnership formed in 1995 to help create new jobs and investment in Central Virginia. Our service territory includes the City of Charlottesville, Albemarle, Culpeper, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson and Orange Counties. We serve as regional liaison for the Virginia Economic Development Partnership and Virginia Department of Business Assistance for this region.




The University of Virginia Licensing and Ventures Group partners with faculty, entrepreneurs, and investors to bring innovations discovered at UVA into the marketplace



The Charlottesville Business and Innovation Council, a non-profit, was founded in 1997 as the region's technology council, one of 10 across the Commonwealth of Virginia. Their mission is to educate, celebrate and advocate for Charlottesville’s technology community and to accelerate technology innovation and entrepreneurship in the region.



Our mission is to enhance the economic vitality of our region through effective client-oriented counseling, business information and training. The Central Virginia SBDC provides training and free one-on-one confidential counseling for small businesses in the City of Charlottesville and the Counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson and Orange.



The CvilleBioHub was created to inform and connect the biotech and life sciences community, to provide pathways for growth and to promote the area as a center for this dynamic industry.


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