February 9 - 22

Microfarm startup wins pitch competition
A UVA-born startup focused on water-based gardening is set to sow more seeds after taking home $10,000 in a pitch competition this week.

CarMax Innovation Center in downtown Richmond modeled after some Silicon Valley technology companies
The 360-degree photography, now being rolled out for all of the retailer’s inventory at its 185 stores, is one example of the kind of shopper-friendly tools being developed at CarMax’s technology and digital innovation center, which opened in a renovated historic building along the Canal Walk in downtown Richmond in 2016.  For the full article, click here.

PHOTOS: Testing Artesa recipes at Nutriati, Inc. 
The producers of Artesa, a chickpea flour, have a kitchen to test recipes in their new location at Gayton Crossing Shopping Center after they moved from the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park last year.

Five new tenants added at VA Bio+Tech Park in downtown Richmond
VA Bio+Tech Park, formerly called the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park in downtown Richmond, has five new tenants, including a firm developing a gel patch for repairing perforated eardrums and a company developing renewable chemicals used to make everyday products.  For the full article, click here.

Groome hitches ride with NY investment firm
A Richmond-based transportation company has some extra fuel in its tank after a deal with a private equity firm. For the full article, click here.

Southside private equity firm funds another NoVA deal
A local private equity firm has dished out its latest investment, which puts it one step closer toward fully disbursing its first fund and moving onto raising another big pool of money.  For the full article, click here.