Business Planning with IdeaBuddy

IdeaBuddy is an all-in-one business planning software that helps you turn your great idea into a successful business

RISE Collaborative has adopted IdeaBuddy as a business planning resource to share with the entrepreneurs who are actively engaged in RISE Collaborative’s training and events.  To request access to IdeaBuddy through RISE Collaborative, please contact your Longwood Small Business Development Consultant or email

Getting Starting with IdeaBuddy

1. Watch the IdeaBuddy Basic Walkthrough video.

2. Login at

3. If it is your first time logging in, follow the pop-up instructions to get started with creating a new Idea Plan.

4. After you create and complete your Idea Plan, continue on to Financials and the Business Plan. 

5. When you are ready, click Invite to add as your Buddy. A member of our team will review your Business Plan and provide feedback you can choose to use as you continue developing your plan.

RISE Collaborative IdeaBuddy Coaches

Jacob Dolence

Jacob Dolence

Director, Educational Innovation and Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

Longwood SBDC & Longwood University

Lauren Mathena

Lauren Mathena

Regional Ecosystem Builder & Facilitator

MBC & SOVA Innovation Hub

Presenting Sponsors

The IdeaBuddy business planning software is being made available by RISE Collaborative, which is coordinated by the SOVA Innovation Hub and the Longwood SBDC. The Longwood SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, George Mason University, and local host institutions.  The Virginia SBDC is nationally accredited by America’s SBDC.
RISE Collaborative is funded in part by GO Virginia, a state-funded initiative administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) that strengthens and diversifies Virginia’s economy and fosters the creation of higher-wage jobs in strategic industries.