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Black River Innovation Campus


Springfield, VT

Build to Scale Program

Venture Challenge

Project Name

Scaling a Successful Innovation Ecosystem through East Central Vermont

Award Amount

Federal Share

Local Match

$1.5 million

$1.5 million

The Black River Innovation Campus (BRIC) and the Green Mountain Economic Development Corporation (GMEDC) are partnering on a shared vision of Vermont's resilient economic future through support for technology entrepreneurs in the East Central Vermont Economic Development District (ECVEDD). This EDA investment will support a new project focused on scaling the network and support needed for technology startups to succeed in rural Vermont.

BRIC and GMEDC will execute a three-pronged strategy, which includes:1) BRIC scaling its successful Actuator technology entrepreneurship incubator/accelerator program from Springfield to Randolph while developing additional specializations in advanced manufacturing, cybersecurity, and medical technologies; 2) GMEDC launching an innovation and entrepreneurship hub in Randolph; and 3) BRIC and GMEDC executing regional strategies for ecosystem engagement to attract and retain entrepreneurs, investors, mentors, and workforce.

Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE)

Build To Scale (B2S)
formerly Regional Innovation Strategies Program (RIS)

SPRINT Challenge

STEM Talent Challenge

Accelerate R2 Network Challenge

National Advisory Council on Innovation & Entrepreneurship (NACIE)

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