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Venture capitalist Jonathon Perrelli jazzed about budding startup ecosystem here

Ideas are everywhere, well known venture capitalist Jonathon Perrelli said during a visit to  Germanna Community College’s Center for Workforce & Community Education last week.

“I hate to say they’re worthless, but they’re worth less than an MVP—a minimum viable product … to create something, even if it’s just a concept put on paper to be able to show people and ask, ‘If I had this, would you use it?’”

Jonathon Perrelli

Jonathon Perrelli

Perrelli, managing director of Fortfy Ventures, an early stage technology investment firm., praised the work Germanna is doing with FredXchange to create a climate conducive to a startup culture.

“It’a amazing what’s happened in Fredericksburg,” Perrelli said. He said Germanna Vice President for Workforce Jeanne Wesley’s “open door policy” has helped the local entrepreneurial ecosystem thrive.

“The willingness Germanna has for them to come here and host events is unusual–it doesn’t happen everywhere,” Perrelli said.

He said Germanna, working with local startup leaders including Christine Goodwin, Matt Armstrong and Matt Norris, has “provided a platform for the startup ecosystem here that’s incredible.”

With FredXchange, Germanna’s Center for Workforce will host the third Startup Weekend Fredericksburg Sept. 26-28 at GCC’s Fredericksburg Area Campus in Spotsylvania.