The Hampton Roads Innovation Collaborative (HRIC), was originally known as the Hampton Roads Technology Council (HRTC), one of ten technology councils in the commonwealth of Virginia.
HRTC was formed in the late 1990s as a 501(c)6 non-profit solely focused on advancing the technology businesses in the Hampton Roads region.
In its early days, HRTC was focused on start-up incubators, an important component of business ecosystems, but eventually realized that incubators were inadequate as a sole driver of the regional tech sector.
In 2016, HRTC rebranded to HRIC and is approaching its new mission of creating programs, events, and visibility for area technology companies.
These activities are intended to assist development and growth of the technology sector and contribute to a diversified regional economy.