Applications Open for Startup Shenandoah Valley Cohort 5

Shenandoah Community Capital Fund (SCCF) announced that the organization is accepting applications for the fifth cohort

of Startup Shenandoah Valley (S2V): the region’s 8-week accelerator program for scalable businesses. Business owners

looking to grow and expand their market in traded sectors are encouraged to apply. Companies selected for S2V will have

access to resources, mentors, and investors in and beyond the region.

Executive Director of SCCF, Debbie Irwin, said: “S2V is a significant opportunity for both our entrepreneurs and the

community as a whole. With support from partners across the region and our ecosystem builders, we have designed an

innovative program that will help businesses in the Valley compete at a national level.” Thanks to the GO Virginia grant

SCCF received in 2020, the program is offered free of charge and without equity requirements. Entrepreneurs not only

learn valuable skills throughout the course of the program, but also join a network of dedicated, like-minded entrepreneurs.

This invaluable network brings peers together to collaborate and lean on one another for support.

Companies selected for the program will take part in an eight-week implementation “sprint” beginning September 5th, with

one-on-one virtual coaching, tailored mentoring, and support in all aspects of running a successful scalable business – such as

raising capital, recruiting and retaining top talent, marketing, and legal issues, among others. Most importantly, participants

will become part of an invaluable alumni network of the Valley’s best companies and a growing entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Katie Overfield-Zook, Ecosystem Builder at SCCF, manages S2V. “We urge committed entrepreneurs with businesses at any

stage to apply,” said Overfield-Zook. “Of particular importance is that our cohort represents the diversity of talent we have in this region.”

Entrepreneurs and companies interested in the next round of S2V should begin the application process here. Applications will

be reviewed on a rolling basis until the August 19th deadline. The fifth cohort will begin their coursework on September 5th.


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