Catalyst is a long-format accelerator, providing early-stage startups in central Virginia with nine months of program support, including: $20,000 in grant funding, dedicated workspace, experienced founders-in-residence, monthly programming, dedicated staff, a large network of industry experts, and access to nearly $50,000 in additional resources.


The Catalyst accelerator program is a multi-stakeholder initiative, thanks to funding from a range of public and private organizations: GO Virginia, Batten Institute, Albemarle County Economic Development, Charlottesville Economic Development, and UVA Economic Development. This broad collaboration leverages the resources of the wider ecosystem to not only support the select set of high-potential startups selected for the accelerator, but also trigger positive impacts upon the community-at-large.


While Catalyst is funded, in part, by the Batten Institute at the UVA Darden School of Business, the program is open by application to the community-at-large—we support teams regardless of their affiliation with the University.

We have been running programs to support early-stage entrepreneurs and innovators for nearly 20 years. Since 2000, the Batten Institute has provided a total of nearly $1.5 million in grant support to over 275 for-profit and non-profit startups, across a range of industries. These teams have gone on to raise upwards of $150,000,000 in outside capital.


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HQ for Catalyst is located at “Third & Main,” a shared workspace on Charlottesville’s downtown mall at 225 E. Main St—the corner of Third Street and Main St.