RAMP Welcomes New Cohort

Five new startups are part of the latest RAMP cohort. Each company is part of a 12-week program to help them grow their startup companies in the Roanoke Region with access to mentors, capital, and business resources.

Here’s a look at each company:

Fermi Energy, Inc.

Founded by a team of battery scientists and engineers at Virginia Tech, Fermi Energy is developing fundamentally disruptive cathode technologies to help create the U.S. supply chain of battery manufacturing. 

Team: Feng Lin & Zhengrui Xu

Website: fermienergy.org

Dot Solutions, LLC

Dot Solutions LLC, aka Dot Drives, is an internet-based donor engagement software application that was specifically designed for a startup to mid-sized nonprofit. 

Team: Sal Ferlise & Emily Sweet

Website: dotdrives.com

Enabled Engineering

Based in Blacksburg, Enabled Engineering develops innovative manufacturing technologies for extreme applications, such as fabricating materials in nuclear reactors and enhanced electrical and thermal conductivity materials. 

Team: Kumar Kandasamy

Website: enabledengineering.com

Qentoros

Qentoros is developing a biologic therapeutic to treat a variety of infectious and/or inflammatory conditions in animals and humans. The biologic is based on blood products and has demonstrated efficacy in treating a number of veterinary patient conditions that did not improve with normal antibiotic treatment.

Team: Michael Miller & Jessica Gilbertie

Website: qentoros.com

Kenkashi Microbes

Kenkashi Microbes delivers a full range of microbial benefits, from compost boosts to direct microbial and micronutrient application for plant health and resiliency.

Team: Cassie Wilson & Jason Anderson

Website: kenkashi.com

Every member of a Ramp cohort has access to a program that includes:

  • 1:1 expert mentoring as well as access to content mentors covering the world of business knowledge
  • Free office space with hi-speed internet access
  • Access to angel and VC investors through our Demo Day presentations
  • $20,000 in equity-free funding
  • Free membership in the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council
  • Three additional years of ongoing support

Learn more about RAMP.

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