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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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Verge (formerly Valleys Innovation Council), which includes alliance members Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council (RBTC) and the Regional Accelerator and Mentoring Program (RAMP), helps facilitate regional connection, communication, and collaboration by identifying regional priorities and funding to advance tech and biotech projects and solutions across the Roanoke and New River Valleys, and Lynchburg.  Verge serves GO Virginia Region 2 and works to form collaborations with government, business, academia, and other organizations to advance the region and grow a thriving innovation economy.

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