Game Changer Week celebrates our innovative ecosystem where you will be inspired by disruptors from all industries, people with ideas, the curious looking to learn or invest, and the brightest talent among us. No matter the career or business stage you will find a catalyst to propel you forward at networking events, with thought leaders in action, and educational opportunities. This weeklong celebration of technology in our region will include pop up events held by industry disruptors throughout the Roanoke and Blacksburg areas showcasing aerospace, biotechnology, software, technology, design, blockchain, and startups. Social events throughout the week will allow for networking and community building. Join us in celebrating innovation and entrepreneurship!

Mark your calendar for Sept. 13-15 in Roanoke and Blacksburg! Everything is led by your innovation community and events are free to attend. Register, download the app, and create an agenda of can’t miss talks, open houses, and networking events.

Special thanks for a Truist Foundation grant and a federal EDA grant, awarded to Verge, as well as VIPC for their leadership and expertise surrounding these Access to Capital sessions, including:

  • Funding for Early Stage Life Science & Biotech firms at NIH and Beyond: 9/13, 2-4PM, FBRI, Roanoke. Presented by:
    • JoAnne Goodnight, SBIR Consultant and Former NIH SBIR Program Director — 2:00-3:30PM
    • Robert Brooke, VIPC SBIR Support — 3:30-3:40PM
    • Hina Mehta, VIPC Commonwealth Commercialization Fund (CCF) — 3:40-3:50PM
    • Somiah Lattimore, Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program overview — 3:50-4:00PM
  • Game Changer Week Celebration & Connection Event: 9/13, 4-6:30PM, FBRI, Roanoke.
  • SBIR Funding Strategies and Intro to VIPC’s Funding Support Programs: 9/14, 10AM-12PM, VTCRC, Blacksburg. Presented by:
    • Randy Simpson, TechOpp Consulting — 10AM-11:30AM
    • Robert Brooke, VIPC SBIR Support — 11:30AM-11:40AM
    • Jeanette Townsend, VIPC Commonwealth Commercialization Fund (CCF)  — 11:40AM-11:50AM
    • Somiah Lattimore, Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program overview — 11:50AM – Noon
  • Funding from the Experts Panel for Later-Stage Companies: 9/15, 10-11:30AM, VTCRC, Blacksburg. Presented by:
    • James Ramey, Managing Director and Fund Manager
    • Greg Feldmann, Skyline Capital Strategies, LLC, President


See the full schedule + speakers + register!