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Resources for Entrepreneurs

Norfolk has made the lists of Entrepreneur Magazine as a Top 5 City for Entrepreneurs. USA Today named Norfolk a Millennial Magnet based upon the population of 20-29 year olds being greater than the teen population. There are a host of other accolades including the designation of downtown zip code 23510 as the third best Hipster neighborhood in the nation by RealtyTrac.

ODU Innovation Center - Norfolk ODU's Center for Enterprise Innovation has partnered with the City of Norfolk to open the new ODU Innovation Center - Norfolk at 501B Boush Street. The new center is both a collaboration space and a program designed to build and grow a community of scalable entrepreneurial businesses. The center delivers professionally managed incubation and acceleration assistance along with co-working space for freelancers, creatives, telecommuters, and anyone seeking to join and contribute to the downtown startup community.  For more information visit their website or contact them at (757) 683-7600, or .

The The Strome Entrepreneurial Center opened with much fanfare at ODU in the fall of 2014. The Strome Entrepreneurial Center hosts an aggressive regimen of events and workshops as it creates an entrepreneurial culture, including social entrepreneurship.

The The Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship is a unique resource which includes several tentacles reaching out to various resources for businesses, industry and entrepreneurs. Fields include the Technology Applications Center, Launch Hampton Roads, The Veteran’s Business Outreach Center, Women’s Business center and the Hampton Roads Procurement Assistance Center.

Percolator is a collaborative, creative community for entrepreneurs, startups, and innovators in the heart of downtown Norfolk.  Membership includes workspace, conference rooms, benefits & discounts and events. 

Norfolk State University Innovation Center - On the Main serves as a business incubator to develop business competitiveness, jobs creation, investment opportunities, infrastructural improvements, global inclusion and participation. 

757 Accelerate is a non-profit startup accelerator program. Their mission is to provide startups with the customized resources and capital they need to grow. 757 Accelerate boosts promising startups towards customer traction and revenue using a network of mentors, investors, support services, working space and a lean startup educations. 

757 Angels seeks to provide risk adjusted returns for its members and investors and to catalyze the evonomy. 757 Angels is a select network of over 100 business and community leaders in the Hampton Roads region, who provide investment capital, stratefic advice and mentoring to selected startup and early stage companies to help them achieve market leadership. 757 Angels seeks dealflow from the Commonwealth of Virginia.

StartWheel the mission is to centralize and mobilize efforts that foster the growth of entrepreneurism in our regional innovation economy. StartWheel aims to guide and cultivate an entrepreneurial network where talent, resources information and leadership come together. 

Hatch, Norfolk's accelerator, is a mentor-based startup accelerator program for technology and design entrepreneurs who are ready to build a product and launch a company.

Interested in CoWorking Spaces and Training?  Call us at 757-664-4338

CoWorking Spaces 

Colley Executive Offices management works hard on providing all inclusive, modern, furnished and fully capable offices for business owners at competitive prices. 

Gather has panoramic water views and 30,000 square feet of space. This downtown location is Gather's largest space to date with walking and biking distance to festivals, restaurants, bars and all things arts-related. There's also access to the Tide to get to Virginia Beach quickly. Come to get business done, stay to engage with the community.

Novel Coworking is centrally located in vibrant Downtown Norfolk, Novel Coworking City Center offers clients a convenient base near a host of amenities including MacArthur Center, the Granby Street District, the Slover Library, and the light rail. This four-floor Novel Coworking location includes coworking space, private offices, and state-of-the-art SmartSuites™ for up to 50-person teams.

Percolator is a collaborative, creative community for entrepreneurs, startups, and innovators in the heart of downtown Norfolk, Virginia. 

Regus states that there is no need to rent an entire office; hire the number of desks you need, for the time you need. Co-working is even available by the hour.

Norfolk Department of Economic Development Mission

Generate wealth for the City of Norfolk through business expansion, enhancement, and new business development complementary to our neighborhoods.

Contact Info

(757) 664-4338
999 Waterside Drive
Suite 2430
Norfolk, VA 23510

Staff Details

Jared Chalk
Interim Economic Development Director 

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