The first U.S. hub of the global i3 Network has been launched in Blacksburg. The launch was announced by David Denny, director of the “Founders Hub,” during a presentation to the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center (CRC) annual banquet.
More than 180 business leaders were in attendance, along with an i3 Network business delegation from the Canterbury Enterprise Hub in County Kent in England.The i3 Network is a membership organization formed to promote and support international trade activities and collaboration for early stage or small sized companies and entrepreneurs with the potential to achieve high growth.
Organizations throughout the world that are engaged in the support and development of businesses, economic development and international trade at whatever level can gain access to the network contacts, services and support through regional hub organizations. The i3 Network is a project-based activity, organized, managed and coordinated by its members.
The Founders Hub will serve small businesses and entrepreneurs in portions of western and central Virginia and portions of four adjoining states through a growing consortium of public and private organizations and colleges/universities.
In addition to business support and exchange opportunities, the Founders Hub is developing components to support student entrepreneurs and to provide matchmaking between entrepreneurs and Angel Investors/VC groups globally.