September 6 - September 18

You can now find Richmond-based Kaléo epinephrine auto-injectors in Walgreens and Canada

Grenova, a life sciences company based in Chesterfield, just raised over $500,000

PivotPass, a local employee wellness startup, signed its first nationwide deal

Two-day summit planned in November for startup founders and entrepreneurs

A two-day summit will be held in late November to provide startup founders, entrepreneurs and small business owners with sessions to help their budding businesses.  The UpRiver summit will be held at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture in Richmond on Nov. 27 and Nov. 28.

Startup Spotlight: Kinis designs and sells durable sock-like footwear for barefoot training

Vincent Vu often can be seen walking around the Startup Virginia business incubator in downtown Richmond wearing what, at first glance, appears to be socks and no shoes.  The “socks” are in fact a special kind of footwear, a sort of hybrid between socks and shoes which Vu, an avid athlete, designed himself to help alleviate the foot and knee pain he once suffered during his frequent exercise routines.

Richmond Inno's Top 25 under 25

Richmond has launched fast-growing tech companies like Wealthforge, Uzurv and Brandito, but there’s no rest for the area’s ecosystem. So to get a look at some of Central Virginia’s most accomplished young entrepreneurs, we’ve reached out through our newsletter, social media and by contacting leaders at incubators and schools for nominations. We’ve trimmed that to a list of two-dozen local innovators who are 25 years old or younger.

Naborforce Looks Next Door to Promote Aging in Place

Online caregiving platform Naborforce, the brainchild of former finance executive Paige Wilson, lets seniors connect with community members for rides, errands, light help around the house, or just a few hours of sipping coffee and chatting.

August 24 - September 5

  • Health Warrior introduced two new products last week!  Learn more here.
  • Richmond-based SweetFrog sold a majority of it's franchise assets for $35M.

Startup Spotlight: RoundTrip offers healthcare providers tools to book rides for patients, reducing no-show costs
Getting transportation to and from medical appointments can be a problem for some people, and a costly one for the healthcare system.  “One of the biggest costs for a hospital or health system is when a patient does not show up to an appointment,” said Ankit Mathur, the co-founder and chief technology officer of RoundTrip, a startup company that is trying to offer a solution.

'Modern social club' from Richmond expanding to Charlottesville
Armed with investors including a member of the Ukrop family, a concept born in Hooville has found a second home in Richmond.  Common House, a social club and coworking brand from Charlottesville, recently signed a lease to open a 25,000-square-foot location at 305 W. Broad St. in the Arts District, near the Quirk Hotel.

Randolph Square IP is tapping into market of researching and analyzing volumes of intellectual property and patent records
The questions that intellectual property lawyer William R. Poynter often gets from clients don’t have quick and easy answers.  Inventors and entrepreneurs want to know how they can put a dollar value on intellectual property such as patents.

The Market @ 25th is looking for vendors
People love their pets and Jarrett N. Wansley thinks his all-natural doggie treats will go over well at the new Market @ 25th grocery store under construction in Richmond’s East End.  Gayle Harris thinks her 2U 4U Good Food healthy prepared meals will fit right in with the store’s products. So does Ames Russell who makes and sells a Virginia honey infused with red chili pepper flavoring.

August 10 - 23

The Maple App Taps Into Your Psyche One Note at a Time
After almost three years of quietly putting down roots, an online platform that aims to help individuals organize their thoughts and embrace personal growth is beginning to branch out.

Richmond picked as test market for home buying app
Richmond’s residential real estate market has brought a New England startup to town to test its new home-buying app ahead of a planned national rollout.

Twenty-eight Richmond-area businesses make this year's Inc. 5000 list of the nation's fastest-growing companies
The local companies on the Inc. 5000 include 20 that are making repeat appearances. There are eight newcomers, including UrbanCore.  Also new to this year’s list, and ranking second among Richmond-area firms at No. 460, is CarLotz, a Richmond-based used-vehicle consignment retailer founded in 2011.

Buddy Plants Richmond's Flag in Growing InsurTech Field
As might be expected, a Richmond insurance startup is covering all of its bases this summer prior to its launch in 10 states.  One of only 10 companies nationwide selected for the inaugural class of the MetLife Digital Accelerator carried out in partnership with Techstars, Buddy, described by its founders as a “new type of insurance,” is soaking up all of the advice and guidance it can get.

July 27 - August 9

Richmond Startup Regulr Gives 'Hello' a High-Tech Twist
Depending where you are, Amazon may be more likely to remember your name than a store employee who has helped you two or three times.  A group of Richmond entrepreneurs is hoping to change that with Regulr, a platform that will allow businesses to greet repeat customers by name – sending employees a push notification with their name and photo whenever they walk in the door.
Henrico-based Legacy Navigator acquires senior move management company in Pennsylvania
Legacy Navigator, a Henrico County-based firm that assists seniors and their families with estate disposition, has bought a Pennsylvania-based company that specializes in assisting seniors with downsizing or moving into assisted living facilities.

Hatch Kitchen Will Open RVA's First Food and Drink Incubator 
Despite racking up state and national laurels for its vibrant restaurant scene, Richmond hasn’t had a central hub where its food and drink entrepreneurs can congregate – until now.  This fall, Hatch Kitchen RVA will open as the city’s first large-scale food and drink business incubator, offering culinary-minded locals access to a 9,000-square-foot commercial kitchen, business development programming, storage and refrigeration, and an adaptation of the coworking model to the culinary world.

How AnswersNow Uses Tech to Help Parents with Autism
A Richmond startup that harnesses technology to provide not just answers but connection is garnering attention outside the commonwealth.  This summer, Richmond-born platform AnswersNow is one of 10 companies nationwide participating in the inaugural round of the MetLife Digital Accelerator, an intensive 13-week program organized in partnership with Techstars that aims to push potentially disruptive technologies to the next level.

July 13 - July 26

  • RichmondInno launched this week - make sure to check it out and sign up for their emails.  A great resource for RVA!
  • Two RVA startups have been accepted in to the first class of the MetLife Digital Accelerator powered by TechStars.  Three cheers for AnswersNow and Buddy!
  • TemperPack received $4.5 million loan to support the expansion of their west coast operations.
  •, a free real estate education website for consumers, just surpassed the 140,000 member mark nationally!
  • LightSwitchBio, a spinout from VCU's Massey Cancer Center using laser-guided treatments to avoid off-target side effects in superficial cancers and other diseases, has progressed to phase 2 of the Virginia Beach Bio Innovation Challenge and Freedom from Cancer Startup Challenge hosted by the Center for Advancing Innovation.

VCU looks to boost campus-born startups
With an eye toward the entrepreneurial talent in its ranks, VCU has a new program to potentially commercialize research and inventions conceived from within the university.

Blue Heron Capital exits Avizia investment
Richmond-based private equity fund Blue Heron Capital has successfully exited an investment in one of its portfolio companies, Avizia, a Reston-based provider of telemedicine technology and services.

Chickpea-powered local startup vies for $4.5M capital raise
As it prepares a national launch, a West End-based startup is looking to haul in another big batch of cash.  Nutriati, which breaks down chickpeas into proteins and flours to be used as ingredients for health food manufacturers, is amid a $4.5 million equity capital raise, per SEC documents.

Startup Spotlight: Entrepreneur starts Forensics of Selling business to provide sales-related services
Neal Lappe jumped into entrepreneurship in 2004 when his 18-year career in management at Circuit City Stores Inc. came to an end as part of a downsizing.  “I went from a cushy corner office to starting all over again,” Lappe said. “A wise person told me early in my career that if I ever went into business for myself, I should get into something that had long-term potential.”

Evatran's CEO has left the Richmond-based company and is now working for Tesla
The co-founder and CEO of Evatran Group Inc., the Richmond-based maker of wireless charging stations for electric vehicles, left the company earlier this year.  Rebecca Hough Tinucci is now working for tech industry tycoon Elon Musk’s electric car maker Tesla Inc., according to her LinkedIn profile.

Six local companies named finalists for ChamberRVA's annual Impact Awards
Six Richmond-area companies have been named finalists for the Impact Award sponsored by ChamberRVA.  The Impact Awards recognize businesses — both for-profit and nonprofit — in the Richmond area that have made an impact on the region’s economy and contributed to the community and to the lives of their employees through innovation in their industries.

Biz Buzz: Richmond-based CarLotz expanding to Chicago
Richmond-based used vehicle consignment retailer CarLotz Inc. is opening a seventh location this week in Downer’s Grove, Ill., just outside of Chicago.

Nonprofits gets help during Capital One ScopeAthon at 1717 Innovation Center in Richmond
At the Capital One ScopeAthon event, held at the 1717 Innovation Center in downtown Richmond,  volunteers from Capital One provided free, skills-based consulting services to five Richmond nonprofits:  UnBoundRVA, Startup Virginia, YWCA Richmond, NextUp RVA and Tricycle Urban Ag.