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Business accelerator program announces next round of participants

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Five companies have been selected to participate in the next installment of a virtual accelerator/incubator program for growing businesses.

Startup Shenandoah Valley, or S2V, is a virtual program that supports entrepreneurs with scalable business ideas in the following sectors: light manufacturing, value-added food, agriculture, technology, healthcare, logistics, and professional services.

The five businesses chosen from a dozen applicants include:

  • Helix Hydrogen, an electrolyzer manufacturer quickly maneuvering to meet the rising demand for green hydrogen, Daniel Warren, Harrisonburg
  • Isle Candle Co., rebranded as Elizabeth Paige Candles, original soy lotion candle manufacturer, Becca Slye, Harrisonburg
  • Nonprofit MBA, provides nonprofits with access to an online application that assesses the capacity of their organization, Juan Pablo Berrizbeitia, Staunton
  • Low Carb Kitchen, concentrated focus on creating and distributing a tasty keto French fry for consumers, Donald Goff, Elkton
  • Zion Sprouts Gathering House, a multi-facet center for the conservation and promotion of the Christian arts, Katherine Archibold, Harrisonburg

S2V is managed by the Shenandoah Community Capital Fund, a regional organization that supports business owners. A GO Virginia Region 8 grant was awarded to SCCF in 2020 for the program.

“It’s thrilling to bring together this group of entrepreneurs into a cohort – all of whom are working at different stages of their business and in different industries,” said Katie Overfield-Zook, a S2V program facilitator, in a news release. “And yet, they’re able to find support and encouragement from each other to keep going and keep building a successful business, even on the hard days. That’s the real power of a program like S2V – guidance from their coaches and mentors, and the power of their peers.”

To learn more about Startup Shenandoah Valley, visit

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.