“Hundreds of technology entrepreneurs are alive and well and thriving in Blacksburg, Virginia. But this town is one of the best kept secrets in the start-up world. DayOne Ventures aims to change that by inviting the brightest and best from anywhere to come here and join the party.”
– A founder of DayOneVentures @ VT KnowledgeWorks
DayOne Ventures is an invitation-only seed stage investment and mentorship program for technology-based startups. It is housed at the VT KnowledgeWorks Business Acceleration Center, located in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg, Virginia. Each spring DayOne engages with up to three early stage startups through a competitive evaluation process. Winning teams can receive up to $16,000 to cover personal and business expenses related to participation in the summer mentorship program, plus class A office space and high-speed internet access during their stay. Throughout the summer, each team receives regular mentoring by successful entrepreneurs who have built and sold technology businesses. The program typically begins in late May and concludes in late August. At the end of the summer, each firm has the opportunity to present to potential investors via a demo day event.
VT KnowledgeWorks is a client of Handshake Media, Incorporated, the parent company of Handshake 2.0.