August 8 - August 21

Lighthouse Labs has a new cohort!

Babylon Micro-Farms Receives Investment from CIT

Nutriati is on their way to raising $12M

WayForth adds 90 employees through acquisition

Startup acceleration: Lighthouse Labs graduates nine startups with ties to Virginia colleges
The idea behind the startup company Rendyr sprang from the mind of a Virginia Tech student who thought there had to be a better way to build a laser cutting machine. The startup company Babylon Micro-Farms, which makes indoor, hydroponic farming systems, also was born on the campus of the University of Virginia as a student project.

UpRiver event for entrepreneurial community planned in Richmond for late October
The second annual summit to provide startup founders, entrepreneurs and small-business owners with sessions to help their budding businesses will be held in late October.

'Greater than the sum of its parts': Three Richmond-area startups join forces to improve preventative and personalized health
Three health care-related startups based in the Richmond area have merged their operations with the goal of providing better preventative and personalized medical diagnostics.

Henrico-based chickpea-powered startup raising $12M
A local health food startup is looking to haul in another eight-figure investment. Nutriati, a Henrico-based company that breaks down chickpeas into ingredients for health food manufacturers, has opened a $12 million capital raise, per SEC documents.

Getting to know: Nick Serfass with RVATech

July 25 - August 7

VCU has 1st in the nation PhD program for Pharmaceutical Engineering

Congrats to the companies named "Coolest" by RichmondInno

ChamberRVA names president and CEO; new executive comes from a chamber in Georgia
The head of a chamber of commerce in Georgia has been named the new president and CEO of ChamberRVA. Brian Anderson takes on his new role at the regional business organization on Sept. 30.

'Democratizing technology': Startup Lantera Labs seeks to offer affordable education for the digital age
The startup venture Lantera Labs has a small classroom — just big enough for around 10 people — but the ambition behind it is big. The mission that drives Lantera Labs founder and CEO Aneesha Rao is to spread knowledge and skills in technology.

Startup Spotlight: SSUPP Foods founders take hiatus, look to revise strategy
In the startup business world, sometimes entrepreneurs have to go back to the drawing board. Such is the case now with SSUPP Foods, a Richmond-based startup that developed a line of refrigerated dips and spreads made from micro sunflower greens.

VCU Entrepreneurs Hit the Accelerator Trail to Get Their NICU Device to Market
Joshna Seelam is closing in on her target. The VCU graduate student is one of three members of Kilo Medical Solutions, a Richmond medical device startup that’s getting ever closer to launch. The company’s product, called the Brise-Solette, is placed on climate-controlled incubators in neonatal intensive care units, controlling lighting for infants. It uses a film to limit light, programmed to change between opaque to transparent.

Getting to Know: Shannon Siriano Greenwood
Shannon is the founder of Rebelle, a membership organization that brings together women of diverse backgrounds and industries to share and learn from one another, and founder of Rebelle Con, a boutique conference that brings speakers from across the country on such topics as wellness, money, community and creativity.

How EventZingo Made Treasure From Another Startup's Trash
When a startup pivots into a different business model, it’s only natural that some of its previous assets and initiatives fall by the wayside. Such was the case at Richmond-based OccasionGenius, founded by Nate Marcus as a local events directory and planning platform. As the company spun out of that model and toward software for hotels and others in the hospitality industry, it planned to leave the directory behind.

Local entrepreneurs acquire boat club at Rockett's Landing, plan to expand fleet
A group of Richmond-area entrepreneurs has acquired the Carefree Boat Club at Rocketts Landing with plans to expand the club’s fleet and membership.

July 11 - 24

Congrats to the winners of red blazers at RichmondInno's 2019 Inno on Fire Awards!

Quartr for Your Thoughts? This New App Pays Users for Feedback on Ads
The race is on to find innovative ways to give consumers more control over their private information, but the actual value of that data remains in flux. A new Richmond startup founded by mother-and-son team Tabitha and Johnathan Geary says 25 cents is a good place to start.

Startup Spotlight: OneGivv aims to become an 'all-in-one' platform for philanthropic giving
Koroma and Bryant, who are both students at Virginia Commonwealth University, decided to create an online platform where donors to philanthropic causes could better track where their money goes.

June 27 - July 10

Virginia ranked #1 state for business by CNBC

AnswersNow just raised $850,000!

Startup Spotlight: Henrico woman goes into business with natural Mosquito B Off incense sticks
“In life, I have found that the simplest of things work,” she said. “Back to basics is my motive.” That principle is the basis for the development of Tekriwal’s startup business, Mosquito-B-Off, which sells all-natural incense sticks designed to ward off mosquitoes in outdoor spaces where people gather such as backyards.

Coworking trend spreads to Chesterfield
Coworking concepts have been catching on in Richmond in a big way, but so far they’ve been mostly concentrated in the downtown area. Marni Pilafian is hoping to change that with the recent opening of her Perch at Pocoshock, a shared office venture in a commercial condo unit at 7617 Pocoshock Way in northern Chesterfield.

Startup Spotlight: Serial entrepreneur is creating 'fun brand' with his Crow Cookies venture
For his latest business venture, local entrepreneur Johnathan Mayo has cooked up a way for people to send a tasty gift to friends while at the same time making a playful jab.

June 14 - 26

Activation Capital awarded $100k by GO Virginia for prokjects to advance the entrepreneurial ecosystem

1717 Innovation Center is Launching an Accelerator for Nonprofits
This fall, Richmond’s resident banking giant and 1717 are piloting the program, which aims to support Richmond-area nonprofits in expanding capacity to help them deliver social impact. The 12-week accelerator will take five organizations through a full needs assessment conducted by the Taproot Foundation, workshops led by Capital One, project support and expertise, peer-to-peer learning and mentorship.

Tech company Snag names new chief executive officer
Snag, the technology company formerly known as Snagajob with offices in Henrico County and Arlington County, has named a new chief executive officer.

Longtime Richmond-area banker starts consulting firm
Longtime banking executive Gail Letts has made a career change. Letts has created a consulting business that specializes in working with businesses to attract, retain and develop women for executive leadership positions.

Startup Spotlight: BrainBox Solutions makes headway in pursuit of improved brain injury diagnostics
A startup company based in the Virginia Bio+Tech Research Park is making progress in its mission to provide better tools for diagnosing mild traumatic brain injuries suffered in accidents or sports-related injuries.