Welcome to the Innovate!HamptonRoads Economic Gardening Network™
Innovate!HamptonRoads™ - connecting entrepreneurs, ideas and investment.
Vision Hampton Roads, the first region-wide Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, is the region’s roadmap to help navigate its course to the future, and Innovate!HamptonRoads™ is a critical component, created by a transformation of the decade-old Hampton Roads Research Partnership.
The mission of Innovate!HamptonRoads™ is to promote locally-grown business, technology-based economic development in Hampton Roads, Virginia, so the region is recognized internationally for clusters of excellence, fueled by a culture of innovation, entrepreneurship and economic and educational opportunities.
The Goals of Innovate!HamptonRoads™ are to:
• Stimulate high growth-potential new business formation,
• Accelerate the growth of our existing tech businesses and
• Ignite the commercialization of research innovation.
Partners include higher education and institutional research, federal facilities such as NASA Langley Research Center and the Department of Energy’s Jefferson Lab, the nonprofit National Institute of Aerospace, technology businesses and the region’s technology council, Technology Hampton Roads, economic development entities and workforce investment boards.
What is it all about? Bringing the region’s Entrepreneur Support Network, or Incubators, together with the Tech Business Clusters (Aerospace, BioScience, Coastal Energy, Modeling & Simulation, Robotics and Sensors) and spurring growth through a new Economic Gardening Network, embracing the fundamental idea that startups and existing businesses create more jobs.