Empower your startup clients to create business models that get funded

ICAP helps early-stage entrepreneurs develop winning, customer-focused business models and go-to-market strategies. We prepare companies for participation in university, regional, and domain-specific accelerators and, ultimately, venture investment. Offered state-wide, ICAP provides Lean Startup-based instructional programs—as conducted by the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps program—as well as business counseling services and access to a broad network of subject-matter experts.

A part of George Mason University and the Virginia SBDC, ICAP is part of a state-wide collaborative network that supports startups during the critical initial phases of business development, ensuring that companies make customer-validated market-entry decisions. Our network partners include Virginia-based universities, local and regional accelerators, angel funds, CIT, and other funding groups. Together we are developing Virginia’s next generation of entrepreneurs and businesses.

The Role of Partner Organizations

The role of a partner organization is to promote ICAP to the early-stage technology startups and entrepreneurs in your ecosystem.

Ongoing support and assistance are provided by ICAP, as well as the regional SBDC office, as needed. This includes specific, post-introductory course roadmaps that are continuously updated as companies make progress.

ICAP Sponsors:

             Virginia SBDC


ICAP Promotional Partners:


AWS Activate

CIT – Center for Innovative Technology

757 Angels

757 Seed

Ferguson Ventures

New Dominion Angels

Potential Energy DC Angel Network 

Riverflow Growth Fund

Shenandoah Valley Angel Investors

The Launch Place

Trolley Ventures

UVA Licensing & Ventures Group


757 Accelerate


Lighthouse Labs



RISE Resilience Innovations

Smart City Works


Mason Enterprise Center

Mason Enterprise Center – Loudoun


REaKTOR Business Technology Innovation Center

Innovation Centers:

Dominion Energy Innovation Center


NSU Innovation Center

ODU Innovation Center 

Staunton Creative Community Fund


Christopher Newport University

College of William and Mary – Miller Entrepreneurship Center

George Mason University’s NSF I-Corps Site

Hollins University

JMU X-Labs

Marymount University

Norfolk State University

Old Dominion University – Strome Entrepreneurial Center

Radford University’s Davis College of Business and Economics

Roanoke College Center for Leadership and Entrepreneurial Innovation

University of Mary Washington College of Business

University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business

University of Virginia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science

Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Western Community College 

Economic Development Organizations:


Central Virginia Partnership for Economic Development

CIE Partners

Loudoun County Department of Economic Development 

Prince William County Department of Economic Development

University of Mary Washington Center for Economic Development

Virginia Beach Economic Development

Technology Councils:

Northern Virginia Technology Council

Richmond Technology Council 

Shenandoah Valley Technology Council

Local Jurisdictions:

City of Leesburg 


Virginia SBDC