Creating a front door for startups

Plastered along the otherwise bare wall of the stairwell inside the RAMP building in downtown Roanoke are the logos of the 31 startups that have gone through the technology accelerator over the last five years.

Walking down from her office on the third floor, Mary Miller points to one name after another, their stories committed to memory: This company went out of business. This one merged. This one is on hold. This one is going “gangbusters.” So is this one. This company has clients all over America. This one had to pivot. This one isn’t in existence anymore. This one quit before it finished the program. This one is “fabulous.” So is this one, and this one.

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