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Startup Accelerator Program Grows due to Virtual Transition and Online Interactions

Lighthouse Labs is the premier nationally recognized startup accelerator in Virginia. Lighthouse has accelerated more than 50 companies, generating over 900 jobs for the Richmond community along the way. Their 3-month program for high growth startups helps founders move fast, expand their market, and test their business with the support of mentors, industry experts, investors, support services, office space, and a grant of $20,000.

Lighthouse Labs was founded 8 years ago and has supported over 50 companies in that time - they have grown from a scrappy initiative into a nationally-ranked startup accelerator and the premier one in the state of Virginia!

COVID-19 has provided Lighthouse Labs with the opportunity to expand their reach by bringing the Accelerator program virtual! No longer limited by in-person interactions, they can work with startups outside of Richmond to bring the Lighthouse Labs magic beyond the city. While they had to pivot programming and rethink their summer plans, they are excited for the long-term changes that will increase access to entrepreneurship in an ever-more-digital world!

The backbone of the Accelerator is their amazing mentor network - they provide invaluable advice and support for the Lighthouse founders. They are always looking for local experts, specifically with high-growth and tech experience, to provide valuable insights to their growing companies as subject-matter experts or ongoing mentors and advisors.

Lighthouse Labs is investing in the lives of founders, not just companies. They don't take equity and are fully committed to support the entire founder lifecycle through a personalized and high-touch approach that is focused on community-building and resourcing.

Lighthouse Labs will continue to support new cohorts of founders over the next year, starting with their Fall cohort in partnership with the Health Innovation Consortium! Visit their website to learn more:


“Lighthouse Labs provides a startup accelerator experience like no other. The mentorship, guidance, and catered focus on programming to each startup in the cohort provides a unique experience for Startups to focus on growing and accelerating their companies.” – Ankit Mathur, Roundtrip

“Lighthouse Labs is a rocket ship to mentors, a honed pitch, and reality. At Lighthouse Labs, I learned you don’t practice your pitch until you get it right -- you practice it until you can’t get it wrong. Lighthouse Labs prepared me in a short time with the skills that I used to raise millions of dollars. I’m not sure where I would be without the training Lighthouse Labs provided me early on.” – Nate Marcus, OccasionGenius

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