Regional Innovation Acceleration Network (RIAN)
The Regional Innovation Acceleration Network website provides resources for existing VDOs, or Venture Development Organizations. A VDO is a business-driven, public or nonprofit organization that promotes regional growth by providing a flexible portfolio of services, including: assisting in the creation of high-growth companies; providing expert business assistance to those companies; facilitating or making direct financial investments; and, speeding the commercialization of technology. RIAN supports the community of existing and emerging VDOs around the country by providing the means for peer-to-peer sharing of information and best/common practices and helping to identify funding opportunities for VDOs as well as provide tools to help regions approach the creation of their own VDO.
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