Our Partners

City of Roanoke

Home to more than 100,000 residents, Roanoke is a friendly mountain city offering award-winning outdoor amenities, endless trails, museums, historical attractions, craft breweries, and neighborhoods with character. For more information, visit the City of Roanoke’s website. 

Carilion Clinic

Carilion Clinic is a not-for-profit integrated health care system, headquartered in Roanoke, Va., serving nearly one million people through hospitals, outpatient specialty centers and advanced primary care practices. Led by multi-specialty physician teams with a shared philosophy that puts the patient first, Carilion is committed to improving outcomes for every patient while advancing the quality of care through medical education and research. For more information, visit the Carilion Clinic’s website.

Radford University

Radford University is a comprehensive public university of approximately 9,400 students that has received national recognition for many of its undergraduate and graduate academic programs, as well as its sustainability initiatives. Radford University serves the Commonwealth of Virginia and the nation through a wide range of academic, cultural, human service and research programs. The university offers 70 degree programs in 41 disciplines and four certificates at the undergraduate level; 22 masters programs in 17 disciplines and four doctoral programs at the graduate level; 12 post-baccalaureate certificates and one post-master’s certificate. For more information, visit Radford University’s website.


Propelling high-potential startups to expand and create jobs is the goal of RAMP, a technology business accelerator program located in downtown Roanoke. Support for RAMP comes from a broad public/private partnership that draws on leaders in higher education, government, and the region’s technology community. Located at 709 South Jefferson Street, RAMP’s founding partners include: The City of Roanoke, Virginia Western Community College, and the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council. For more information, visit the RAMP website.

Roanoke Regional Partnership

The Roanoke Regional Partnership serves as the point of contact for businesses looking to relocate and expand. We are connectors who match your needs and questions with the resources and answers. We’re a one-stop-shop for learning, evaluating, and connecting with the Alleghany, Botetourt, Franklin, and Roanoke counties, cities of Covington, Roanoke, and Salem, and the town of Vinton. Visit the Roanoke Regional Partnership website for more information.

Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech ranks in the top 5 percent of research universities in the United States and is the only Virginia university in the top 50 of the National Science Foundation rankings for research and development expenditures. The university’s work elevating graduate education, research, and innovation in Roanoke serves as a model for 21st century land-grant universities and reinforced Amazon’s decision to invest in Virginia. Founded in 1872, Virginia Tech enrolls more than 34,400 students in nine colleges with 280 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. For more information, visit Virginia Tech’s website. 

Virginia Tech Carilion

In 2007, Carilion Clinic and Virginia Tech established a unique public-private partnership that has grown into the Innovation Corridor’s integrated Academic Health Center. Through this partnership, the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC were created. For more information, visit Virginia Tech Carilion online.

Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC

Founded in 2010, the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC employs 27 research teams that are focused on creatively approaching major health challenges with groundbreaking discoveries in biomedical and behavioral science. With more than 450 faculty, staff, and students in Roanoke, Virginia, the Institute is anticipated to double in size by 2027. For more information, visit the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute website.

Virginia Western

Virginia Western Community College is a forward-thinking community college inspiring individual, community and economic transformation. Established in 1966, Virginia Western is located on a 70-acre campus and primarily serves the Cities of Roanoke and Salem, as well as Roanoke County, Craig County, Botetourt County and Franklin County. The college provides credit academic programs and non-credit workforce training along with distance learning online and dual enrollment courses in area high schools. For more information, visit Virginia Western’s website.

Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council

The Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council is a member-driven association working to promote the growth of the Roanoke-Blacksburg technology community. With a membership roster that ranges from emerging technology firms to the largest employers in the region, RBTC is building a community that is a catalyst for innovation, inspiration, success, and leadership within the Roanoke-Blacksburg region.

Located in downtown Roanoke, VA in the city’s Innovation Corridor, Radford University Carilion (RUC) provides a rigorous real-world learning experience to students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in the health sciences. Visit the RUC  website for more information.



The Valleys Innovation Council grew out of a simple idea: Why couldn’t the region do more with our assets together to build an innovation-driven economy?  In  2018, the VIC launched as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a board of regional leaders drawn from successful entrepreneurs, higher education, & other regional leaders in the finance and legal fields. For more information, visit: https://www.valleysinnovation.org/