Are you a young professional in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) looking to kickstart your career? Are you an employer seeking to nurture and empower your young STEM professionals?

Look no further! ChangeMakerZ: Professional Development for Early-Career Biotechnology and Technology Professionals is your golden ticket to a 12-month, cohort-based, incentivized professional development experience that will help you soar to new heights. ChangeMakerZ will run from June 2024 to May 2025. But don’t wait too long to apply – the program is limited to just 20 participants in the cohort, and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until April 15, 2024.

  • Special offer for RBTC members in the inaugural cohort: Buy one $1,250 spot in the 2024 cohort and receive a spot in the 2025 for FREE! Non-member pricing also available.
  • How to Apply: The recent graduate and employer submit the online application and candidate’s resume on RBTC’s site here by April 15, 2024.

About: A new RBTC program designed to incentivize STEM talent to choose to stay, work and play in the Roanoke-Blacksburg region. Learn more at Our program is designed to empower STEM professionals like you to discover your passion, connect with industry leaders and peers, and gain cutting-edge skills that will propel your career forward. But it’s not just about career advancement; it’s about finding your people, your place, and living your purpose in the beautiful and thriving Roanoke-Blacksburg region.

The cohort program, June 2024-May 2025, is limited to 20 participants and includes personal and professional incentives like:

  • $5,000 for completing the cohort-based program
  • professional development in AI and technology topics relevant to their unique work
  • registration for a national tech conference and a young professional conference to further connect, grow and develop professional skills and knowledge
  • collaborative workspace for those working remotely and more.

Learn more here.