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Posted on: June 29, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Hampton University debuts new $18 million entrepreneurship program

Hampton University

Organizers of a new $18 million workforce development program are looking to help entrepreneurs, existing businesses and anyone affected by the coronavirus pandemic — for free.

Hampton University’s Virginia Workforce Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center opened in October and has already helped 200 people. The business incubator is designed to serve Hampton Roads residents and entrepreneurs and businesses across Virginia, program executive director Kermit Crawford said.

“We have a real strong network of staff members who can work with business owners and entrepreneurs,” Crawford said.  

The free 11-week-program provides everything from training and mentorship to networking and access to capital. In addition to existing businesses, the program is for anyone who has a business idea they’d like to develop, Crawford said, mentioning military spouses as a good regional example. The program also has the power to connect participants with college partners like Old Dominion University, experts from the public and private business sectors and workforce agencies.

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