Verge was a grateful recipient of a $200,000 grant from Truist Foundation, in which Verge was able to award $50,000 in microgrants to startups to assist with their state and federal grant writing efforts. Seventeen microgrants were awarded to regional technology and biotechnology companies, where over $8 million was applied for, as a result of the microgrant awards. Funding of this caliber will bring additional jobs and higher wages into these communities. The microgrant opportunity was promoted to Southside, Southwest, and West Central Virginia (i.e., GO Virginia Regions 1, 2, and 3), as part of the Verge PitchPlus Expansion Project. We are pleased to award the following companies microgrant support, thanks to Truist Foundation funding, including:

Also, as part of the Truist Foundation grant, an “Access to Capital” training series is now available and can be found at, which is free curriculum that provides actionable insights and information about the changing landscape of investments and startup financing for the entrepreneurial community.

#        #       #

About Verge: Verge supports entrepreneurs in the GO Virginia Region 2 and works to form collaborations with government, business, academia, and other organizations to advance the region. Verge aligns the strengths and programming efforts of the RBTC (Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council) and RAMP (Regional Accelerator & Mentoring Program).  Learn more at

About the Truist Foundation: The Truist Foundation is committed to Truist Financial Corporation’s (NYSE: TFC) purpose to inspire and build better lives and communities. Established in 2020, the foundation makes strategic investments in nonprofit organizations to help ensure the communities it serves have more opportunities for a better quality of life. The Truist Foundation’s grants and activities focus on leadership development, economic mobility, thriving communities and educational equity. Learn more at