Professional development for early-career biotechnology & technology professionals

Ready to embark on a journey of career acceleration, expand your network, and seize boundless opportunities? Apply now to take part in the first cohort, powered by the City of Roanoke, in 2024.


Are you a young professional in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) looking to kickstart your career?

Are you an employer seeking to nurture and empower your young STEM professionals?

Look no further! ChangeMakerZ: Professional Development for Early-Career Biotechnology and Technology Professionals is your golden ticket to a 12-month, cohort-based, incentivized professional development experience that will help you soar to new heights.

ChangeMakerZ will run from June 2024 to May 2025. But don’t wait too long to apply – the program is limited to just 20 participants in the cohort, and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until April 15, 2024.

  • Special offer for RBTC members in the inaugural cohort: Buy one $1,250 spot in the 2024 cohort and receive a spot in the 2025 for FREE! Non-member pricing also available.
What is the ChangeMakerZ?

Our program is designed to empower STEM professionals like you to discover your passion, connect with industry leaders and peers, and gain cutting-edge skills that will propel your career forward. But it’s not just about career advancement; it’s about finding your people, your place, and living your purpose in the beautiful and thriving Roanoke-Blacksburg region.

Program Highlights
  • $5,000: Receive a $5,000 incentive upon successfully completing the program. It’s more than just a pat on the back; it’s a tangible recognition of your dedication and growth.
  • AI and Technology Expertise: Delve into professional development tailored to your unique work. Acquire in-demand knowledge in AI and technology topics that will set you apart in your field.
  • Conference Access: Expand your horizons with complimentary registration for both a national AI conference and a young professional conference. Network with thought leaders and peers on a national stage.
  • Collaborative Workspace: Enjoy a dedicated workspace if you’re working remotely. It’s a hub for creativity, innovation, and focused productivity.
  • Networking and Relationships: Forge valuable connections that will shape your career. Connect with industry veterans and like-minded professionals who share your passion.
  • Community: Become a valued member of a vibrant community of peers who are equally driven and passionate about making a difference.
Who Should Apply?

If you’re a STEM professional who has completed your associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree within the last 5 years or will complete your degree by June 1, 2024, this program is tailor-made for you. Candidates must also be employed by a company with headquarters or operations in Virginia or be seeking remote work with such a company. Preference is given to candidates in technology or biotechnology who are living and working within the GO Virginia Region 2 area.

Program Costs

If your current or future employer is an RBTC (Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council) member, program fees per young professional are $1,250. If a non-member, program fees are $1,750. Fees are payable by the employer on the young professional’s behalf. Please refer your employer to the employer application for more information.

Need help asking for support from your employer? Get started with this letter template.

Program Logistics

Candidates should be prepared to travel an average of one day per week to the Roanoke or Blacksburg areas for program activities. Most of these activities will occur at the end of and/or following weekday business hours, with occasional weekday luncheon and weekend experiences.

When and How to Apply

ChangeMakerZ will run from June 2024 to May 2025. But don’t wait too long to apply – the program is limited to just 20 participants in the cohort, and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the deadline date of April 15, 2024.

Ready to launch your career, expand your network, and seize the opportunities that await you? Don’t miss out on this incredible journey!

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