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Start-up Spaces

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The mission of the Dominion Energy Innovation Center (DEIC) is to produce financially-viable and freestanding ventures in the community by providing start-ups with workspace, mentoring, guidance, resources and business support services. The resident membership program provides early stage start-ups more than just an affordable workspace. It gives you access to a team of people and the resources needed to move your business forward. The center also houses a coworking program which offers freelancers, entrepreneurs, creatives and independent workers an authentic experience of working in a shared workspace that you can’t get at home or in a coffeeshop.


Renovated from an old firehouse in the heart of downtown Ashland, just 20 minutes north of Richmond, the Dominion Energy Innovation Center offers a unique space for start-ups, early stage businesses and creatives alike. From twelve private offices for resident companies to a large, open common area for coworking, the Dominion Energy Innovation Center is designed to foster collaboration and productivity.

Founded in November 2009, the Dominion Energy Innovation Center is a local initiative that aims to attract technology-based and clean energy innovators that desire to accelerate the growth of their early and second-stage businesses. DEIC supports great ideas across a wide spectrum of industry sectors in addition to its original focus on building the alternative, renewable energy sector in Central Virginia. Founding partners of this program in addition to Hanover County include the signature sponsor, Dominion Energy, as well as the Town of Ashland, Activation Capital and the Virginia Innovation Partnership Corporation (VIPC).

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