FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 30, 2018
CONTACT: Elaine Gilligan
Northern Virginia Chamber
Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce Announces Incubator|Accelerator|Actuator Partnership Program
Tysons Corner, Va. – The Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce (Northern Virginia Chamber) today announced the first partners in its new Incubator|Accelerator|Actuator Program - a comprehensive partnership program that will foster collaboration between the broad-based business community and innovative and entrepreneurial organizations in the Greater Washington Metropolitan Area. The first partners in this initiative – the Inova Personalized Health Accelerator and Smart City Works - signed partnership agreements with the Northern Virginia Chamber today.
The Incubator |Accelerator| Actuator (I|A|A) Partner Program will pair a select group of the region’s leading business Incubators, Accelerators, and Actuators with Chamber Collaboration Councils. The Collaboration Councils will be comprised of representatives from the area’s most innovative corporations, government entities, associations, foundations and others from the industries to which the incubators, accelerators and/or actuators are aligned.
“We are pleased that the Inova Personalized Health Accelerator and Smart City Works are the first to join us for this unique new partnership to strategically connect innovation, entrepreneurship and business,” said Harry Klaff, Managing Director, JLL and Chair of the Northern Virginia Chamber Board of Directors. “This is a first in a series of planned initiatives where the Chamber will help weave together established organizations with entrepreneurs to support a sustainable, highly interconnected innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem for the region.”
In the year ahead, the partnership will be co-branding and hosting thought leadership and industry day events. Companies participating in these acceleration programs will have the support of the Northern Virginia Chamber, and will receive Chamber membership, as they develop their products and services, raise capital, and showcase cutting edge solutions to new and prospective customers.
“IPHA is proud to be among the first of only four incubators, accelerators and/or actuators that will be selected for this program. Healthcare is key to Northern Virginia’s future economic growth and prosperity, and we are excited to partner with the Northern Virginia Chamber to advance the sector and connect innovators in this space with the broad-based business community,” said Rick Gordon, Director of the Inova Personalized Health Accelerator.
“We believe the Greater Washington region is well-positioned to lead the nation as a hub for infrastructure innovation. Northern Virginia’s ability to attract businesses, recruit talent, and ensure quality of life is dependent on continued investment in infrastructure and technology. This new partnership and collaboration of resources is the right vehicle to foster and maximize the growing industry of entrepreneurship in these fields and others in Northern Virginia and the region,” said David Heyman, co-Founder of Smart City Works.
“The Northern Virginia Chamber is the Voice of Business in Northern Virginia – and today we speak as the Voice of Innovation Collaboration,” said Jane-Scott Cantus, Managing Principal and General Counsel, The ILEX Group and Northern Virginia Chamber Innovation and Entrepreneurship Council Co-Chair. “A thriving innovation economy – one that is characterized by collaboration between organizations of all sizes and maturity - is vital to our region’s economic growth and sustainability. We envision this will be the first of several strategic initiatives to benefit our region’s innovators and entrepreneurs and our broader business community.”
Representatives from the Northern Virginia Chamber, Inova Personalized Health Accelerator, and Smart City Works signed the partnership agreement on Monday, April 30 at the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce. To view and download photos from the event, click here.
About the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce: The Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce (Northern Virginia Chamber), formerly the Fairfax Chamber, The Voice of Business in Northern Virginia™, represents local employers with more than 500,000 regional employees. The Northern Virginia Chamber is the leader in advancing innovative solutions to the region’s priorities in transportation, education, workforce, and economic opportunity. For 90-plus years, the Northern Virginia Chamber has been working hand-in-hand with companies in the region to build a strong business community. To learn more about the Northern Virginia Chamber, please visit http://www.novachamber.org and follow the Northern Virginia Chamber on Twitter: @NOVAChamber
About Smart City Works™: SMART CITY WORKS™ is a new class of business accelerator, called a BUSINESS ACTUATOR, that can more rapidly move early stage ventures to commercialization, reduce risk for downstream investors, and improve likelihood of product uptake in the marketplace. Our mission is to accelerate innovation and speed commercialization of solutions that improve the livability, operations, and resilience of cities. We are uniquely focused on urban infrastructure, the built environment, and on changing the way we design, build, and operate civil infrastructure. Our Spring and Fall sessions are designed to propel graduating companies into the marketplace, endowed with proven products, and equipped with the skills to grow and compete for funding and market share. For membership information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information, visit us at our website @ www.smartcityworks.io/.
About Inova Personalized Health Accelerator: The Inova Personalized Health Accelerator is a unique program that provides C-suite coaches, customized plans, early stage capital, connections to strategic partners and later stage capital, and connections to customers for healthcare technology and services entrepreneurs. This bespoke approach to enhance med-tech entrepreneurs’ efforts to accelerate new companies through the early stages of product design, capital formation and commercialization will serve as the foundation for a stronger healthcare ecosystem in the mid-Atlantic region. Additional program information is located at www.inovapha.org/.
About Inova: Inova is a global leader in personalized health, which leverages precision medicine to predict, prevent and treat disease, enabling individuals to live longer, healthier lives. At Inova, we serve more than 2 million people each year from throughout the Washington, DC, metro area and beyond. We are shaping the future of health through our integrated network of hospitals, primary and specialty care practices, emergency and urgent care centers, outpatient services and destination institutes. Our commitment to health and wellness is further reflected in our sustainable practices. Inova is home to world-class researchers, expert medical specialists and renowned scientists, who are driving innovation to improve patient care, prevent disease and promote wellness. For more information, visit www.inova.org, or find Inova on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.