Empower your startup clients to create business models that get funded

ICAP is a startup development program that 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 Virginia’s SBDC Network, 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, and angel funds. Together we are developing Virginia’s next generation of entrepreneurs and businesses

Your Organization’s Role

Your role as a host organization is to promote the program to technology early-stage startups and entrepreneurs, using our simple marketing toolkit.

Ongoing support and assistance are provided, as needed, by ICAP and regional SBDC offices.

ICAP provides all the post-program reporting (with specific follow-up guidance for teams) to all collaborators.

ICAP Partners:



Mason SBDC

Mason Enterprise Center


NSF I-Corps Site at George Mason University


Mason SBDC


Mason Enterprise Center

Hampton Roads:

Hampton Roads SBDC

Old Dominion University

757 Angels

757 Accelerate

757 Seed


REaKTOR Business Technology Innovation Center

Norfolk State University

NSU Innovation Center


Virginia Beach Economic Development

Christopher Newport University

Ferguson Ventures

College of William and Mary - Miller Entrepreneurship Center


Shenandoah Valley SBDC

JMU X-Labs

Shenandoah Valley Technology Council


Roanoke SBDC

CIE Partners

Hollins University

Roanoke College Center for Leadership and Entrepreneurial Innovation

Virginia Western Community College 


Roanoke SBDC

Radford University's Davis College of Business and Economics


University of Mary Washington SBDC

University of Mary Washington College of Business

University of Mary Washington Center for Economic Development

Fredericksburg Economic Development Authority 

Stafford County Economic Development 

Caroline County Economic Development

King George County Economic Development 

Spotsylvania Economic Development Authority

Loudoun County:

Mason Enterprise Center - Loudoun

Loudoun County SBDC

Loudoun County Department of Economic Development 

City of Leesburg


Central Virginia SBDC

Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia 


University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science

Central Virginia Partnership for Economic Development

Go Virginia Region 9


Virginia SBDC

Virginia Commonwealth University

Lighthouse Labs


Virginia SBDC