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

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Cool Facts About Our Region

Virginia Beach ranked “Greatest City in the Country” due to high home-ownership and low crime rate.
By population, HRVA region ranks as the 37th largest metro area in the entire United States.
Virginia Beach had a 16.4% growth in it’s millennial population from 2010 – 2015, placing it at the top of Time Magazine’s list of cities where millennials are moving.
The body of water known as “Hampton Roads” incorporates the mouths of the Elizabeth, Nansemond, and James Rivers as they empty into the Chesapeake Bay and is considered one of the world’s largest natural harbors.
HRVA is the largest region on the eastern seaboard between New York and Miami and represents the 32nd largest MSA in the United States.

WHAT MAKES HRVA GREAT FOR ENTREPRENEURS?

Hampton Roads, recognized as the eighth largest metro area in the Southeast United States, is comprised of seventeen cities and counties along the coast of Virginia. HRVA is an incredibly diverse area offering everything from densely populated urban cityscapes to wide open agricultural land, comfortable suburbs to tourist filled beaches, military bases to bustling ports, and much more! HRVA is committed to being a supportive entrepreneurial environment focused on regional growth and also to making this a terrific, fun place to live and do business.

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