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open trellis is cultivating entrepreneurs and new businesses through our pilot program, RVA Works, in Richmond, VA.
We are providing credible pathways to business ownership in the communities that need it most.


Launch with RVA Works & WIBO™

Do you have a business idea and need help getting started? Whether you currently have a business, or are planning to start one, our program and support network can open new pathways and channels for your business to grow.

Each new cohort of business founders meet weekly, over 17 weeks, to cultivate their businesses. We guide participants through the WIBO™ curriculum, covering critical aspects from planning to launch.


Here's the path:


Hone your vision and apply to the program
Learn from industry experts
Leverage an inclusive support network
Launch from a strong foundation

Continued Support


  • Gain access to mentors for 1-on-1 coaching and introductions to professional colleagues
  • Networking events to meet other business founders and prospective customers
  • Promotional benefits associated with Startup Works alumni status
  • Ongoing learning events for alumni to refresh and expand their skills



Featured Alumni



Latoya Brown

FashionFluential

Dwayne Bennett

Author & Speaker

Tonya Kernodle

Home Renovations

Djibril Niang

GalGui G

David Pastran

River City Upholstery

Our Supporters & Partners

Get Involved

Whether you currently own a business, are planning to start one, or simply want to support moving our city forward through business, there is a place for you at the table! Bring your unique perspective to the on-going conversation about entrepreneurship for the common good in Richmond.


Join us weekly for 1 Million Cups


A weekly event for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to a thriving peer network of founders in Richmond. The coffee is highly encouraged.

Learn more: location and upcoming speakers

Support RVA Works