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ROANOKE, VIRGINIA, Dec. 21, 2021 – Valleys Innovation Council (VIC), an affiliate of Verge, announced today that it has received a $200,000 grant from Truist Foundation to offer new educational programming and support structures through its PitchPlus program that will help regional entrepreneurs and founders understand the fundamentals of angel and venture capital finance, how to access capital and build connections between startups and sources of capital in Southside, Southwest, and West Central Virginia. The program will be delivered in coordination with project partners Blue Ridge PBS, The Launch Place, Appalachian Council for Innovation, Eddy Alexander, and fellow Verge affiliate, Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council.

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