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About The DEIC

Supporting the high-tech entrepreneurs and small business owners driving the innovations needed to achieve a net-zero carbon economy. 

Established in 2009, the Ashland-based Dominion Energy Innovation Center is a clean energy incubator and independent nonprofit public-private partnership founded by Dominion Energy, the Town of Ashland, Hanover County, and Activation Capital. The DEIC prioritizes community building and startup support at all stages of the journey. By fostering collaboration, providing resources, and offering guidance, the Center supports clean energy companies helping drive sustainable solutions while building a strong entrepreneurial community across Virginia, and beyond. Meet our team and learn about our impact.

How DEIC Impacts Our Founders

One-on-One Mentoring

Helping entrepreneurs from idea to acceleration cultivate the necessary skills and expertise to succeed at business.

Subject Matter Expertise

Connections to industry experts that have "been there, done that" and succeeded in the utility and energy world.

and Events

Providing members a high quality outlet to meet other entrepreneurs and innovators through events and community coworking areas.


Workshops, fireside chats, and business competitions are only a few of the many public events that members can attend weekly.

Business Competitions

Providing non-dilutive financing through a number of specialized business competitions that operate at the local, regional, and national level.

R&D Space

6,000 sq. ft. of coworking space offers a light manufacturing and laboratory setting for hardware based companies


Whether financial modeling, product design, or digital development, the DEIC staff and network experts are able to help members accelerate towards product launch.