Media Contact: Jennifer Morgan, RIoT Virginia Program Lead
Phone: 540-645-7046


February 17, 2023 – Stafford, VA – Have an idea for a business but aren’t sure what to do? Already have an established business and looking to explore taking your business to the next level?

You’re not alone if you feel overwhelmed trying to understand the ins and outs of customer discovery, market analysis, or even how to create a website! Bringing your idea into reality is not easy. It takes hard work, patience, and a network.

RIoT Foundations is a regional program that assists small business owners, startup founders, and/or prospective entrepreneurs who are looking to take the next step in starting, growing, or scaling their business.

This program will help you learn the fundamentals of business, how to talk about your idea to potential customers, how to validate your product or service, and key details about how to run your business.

What is the investment? There’s no cost to you! RIoT strives to provide FREE and accessible programming to help start and grow businesses to help better and grow communities.

What is the time commitment? Foundations classes will be Mondays, 5:30pm – 7:00pm, March 6 – March 27, with additional 30 minute 1:1s to be scheduled after registration. Workshops can be joined virtually or in person at the Virginia Smart Community Testbed in Stafford, VA.

I’m interested! What are the next steps? Register by February 24, 2023 >

All businesses regardless of industry are welcome to join this program, but RIoT staff have a deep understanding of developing a technology industry focused business or utilizing technology to help your business so those interested in these industries should apply. Technology is vital to business growth today, from understanding your social media data, to who is engaging with your website, to developing a new product or service that is connected to Wi-Fi or cellular networks.


About RIoT

RIoT is a nonprofit industry consortium, supporting innovation and job creation, through connecting partner organizations with each other and other organizations. We focus on helping businesses start, grow, and accelerate, develop public-private partnerships, host events and convening, and connect businesses with industry partners, new customers, and opportunities.