Why Richmond Virginia

Activation Capital manages the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park, providing more than 1.2 million square feet of life science lab space. Located adjacent to the VCU Medical Center, the Park and VCU together are one of the largest and most vibrant life sciences clusters on the East Coast of the United States.

Within a short walk are museums, restaurants, coffee shops, theaters, art galleries, a wide range of business and professional services and the James River, which provides endless opportunities for recreation of all types. The Historic Jackson Ward neighborhood borders the Research Park, offering employees the opportunity to live close by in renovated historic row houses, contemporary urban lofts, new townhomes, condominiums or apartments. Hotels, meeting and conference facilities are also conveniently located.

Named as one of the South’s Best Food Cities 2020 by Southern Living Magazine, March 2020.

Named as one of 10 Cities to Watch in 2020 by Worth, October 2019.

#29 in the “30 Most Affordable Downtowns to Live in Across America” by, May 2019.

#3 Best City (Outside Silicon Valley) For Your Next Startup by BroadbandNow, February 2019.

Top 10 Surprisingly Great Cities for Art Lovers in America by ApartmentGuide, January 2019.

#35 Best City to Start a Business by Inc. Magazine, December 2018.

#1 Beer Destination in the World for 2018 by Vinepair, January 2018.

#10 on the list of “18 Cities That Must Be Seen in 2018” by Expedia, January 2018.

#3 on list of “10 Best Places to Travel in the South in 2018” by Southern Living, December 2017.

#7 on list of “Top Destinations on the Rise” by TripAdvisor, December 2017.

One of the “30 Most Exciting Food Cities in America in 2017” by Zagat, December 2017.

#3 on “8 Cities Whose Entrepreneurship Communities are Booming” by, July 2017.

Richmond region named as nation’s first Playful Region by Playful Cities USA, June 2017.

Richmond named as one of the South’s Best Cities by Southern Living Magazine, Summer 2017.

Richmond named as one of the top ten cities for Black entrepreneurs to start a business by NerdWallet, May 2017.

Richmond named as one of the top ten up-and-coming tech cities by, April 2017.

Richmond ranked #24 best place to live by U.S. News & World Report, February 2017.

Richmond named one of “20 best places in America to start a business” by, August 2016.

Richmond named a 2016 Playful City USA by KaBOOM! for the first time, May 2016.

Virginia Biotechnology Research Park named “Best of R&D in Virginia” by Southern Business & Development, Winter 2016.

Richmond named “Best Locations for Biosciences in Virginia” by Southern Business & Development, Winter 2016.

Richmond named “Best Cities Regardless of Size for Startups” by Southern Business & Development, Winter 2016.

Richmond named “Best City to Visit – Summer 2015” by American Express Travel, May 2015.

Richmond found to be ‘America’s most contented place’ according to a study from the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research, July 2014.

Richmond finished as the 10th best city for overall small business friendliness in the country, earning an A grade by, June 2014.

Richmond named one of the country’s 10 hottest housing markets by CNN Money, January 2014.

Richmond named one of the top big cities to live and work by Credit Donkey, December 2013.

One of the “Top Destinations of 2014” for travel by Frommer’s, December 2013.

Richmond named one of the “10 Up and Coming Cities for Entrepreneurs” by, September 2013.

Richmond named a ‘Hot U.S. City’ for Jobs and Culture by the Daily Beast, July 2013.

Ranked 25th Best City for Job Growth among large sized cities by New Geography, May 2013.

One of the Top Cities for Business Growth among 100 metro areas rated by the Wall Street Journal’s, April 2013.

Richmond ranked in the top 10 metro areas for the fastest-growing wages paid to workers in professional, technical, and scientific services in a study by New Geography, February 2013.

Richmond is named Best River Town in America by Outside Magazine, September 2012.

Ranked 2nd among the top 10 Fastest Growing Cities for Technology Jobs in the Dice Report, March 2012.