UnBoundRVA has begun recruiting for Class Four entrepreneurs! Please see below for more details about UnBoundRVA’s info sessions. As part of the application process, all applicants must attend at least one info session. Please RSVP to the info session you plan on attending. To RSVP for an info session, or for more information please contact Lauren at


UnBoundRVA Info Sessions:

  • Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 from 5pm-7pm
  • Saturday, March 18th, 2017 from 11:30am-1:30pm
  • Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 from 5pm-7pm
  • Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 from 5pm-7pm
  • Saturday, April 29nd, 2017 from 11:30am-1:30pm
  • Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 from 5pm-7pm

Key Dates:
  • Referral Information Due: Friday, May 12th, 2017
  • Application Due: Friday, May 19th, 2017
  • Interviewing Week: May 22nd- May 26th, 2017
  • Selection for Class Four Announcement: June 9th, 2017
  • Class Four will begin Summer 2017

Recruitment Process

Step 1: Attend a mandatory information session
You must make it to at least one of our information sessions. The information sessions provide an opportunity for individuals to learn more about the UnBoundRVA program and model, as well as play an integral part of getting to know the potential participants and applicants. The information allows applicants to determine if UnBoundRVA is the best fit for their journey to entrepreneurship.
Step 2: Gather your referrals
UnBoundRVA requires each applicant to provide a referral as part of his or her application. Our referral partners serve two primary purposes:

  • They are vital to the application process as they speak on behalf of their applicant.
  • They act as an external pillar of support as the applicant moves through our program towards his or her goal of entrepreneurship

Requirements for your referral to be considered in your application:

  • Referral partners and applicants must have a deep and trusting relationship.
  • Referral partners must be able to speak confidently about their applicant’s ability and willingness to start their own business.
  • Referral partners cannot be a former boss, employee, or colleague from a previous job.
  • Referral partner must be willing to support the applicant throughout the duration of the UnBoundRVA program.

Finding your referral partner:

  • UnBoundRVA has extensive partnerships with community organizations around the city that have acted as the referrals for many of the applicants who have come through the program. This list is available on our website. We encourage you to look through the list and consider whether you have any connection with these organizations.
  • If you do not have a connection to any of these organizations, think through any other community organizations that you dedicate time to and are involved with while considering the requirements listed above.

If you have questions about finding your referral, please reach out to

Step 3: Application and referral organization forms
After attending an information session, interested applicants will receive an application from UnBoundRVA. The application has two parts: 1) Questions for the applicant and 2) a referral form. All necessary information will be sent directly to the applicant and their selected referral from UnBoundRVA.

For income eligibility please visit here

Step 4: Interview
Applicants will schedule to meet with the UnBoundRVA team for an interviewing process for UnBoundRVA to further get to know the applicant.
Step 5: Selection
UnBoundRVA will use the application, referral, interview and information session to make decisions for the next class participants.

For information on the application process, please contact

“Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.”

Referral Partners

If you are interested in referring an applicant to our program, please reach out to Tim Hettermann at

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