December 1 - 12

Three cheers for OccassionGenius, Warehowz LLC, and Outdoor Access on their raises!

Check out the Richmond Inno list of Top 19 Startups for 2019

Welcome Nick Serfass, new RVATech executive director

Quartr lets consumers earn money by watching ads and sharing their opinions
The idea behind the startup company Quartr was conceived in Johnathan Geary’s dorm room his freshman year at Virginia Commonwealth University.  “I had a wall covered in sticky notes with different ideas for apps and companies,” said Geary, who confesses that he was always much more interested in starting a company than being in college.

Entrepreneur goes from selling insurance to selling flowers at Petals, Flowers & Gifts shop
Amy Carlisle Fitzgerald has come back to her roots, sort of.  Fitzgerald is owner of the new Petals, Flowers & Gifts shop in The Village shopping center. The shop, at 7019 Three Chopt Road, opened Nov. 3 and is at the end of row of stores along the shopping center's breezeway.

A Former Rock Star's Tech Startup is Teaching Music to Kids with Special Needs
When Steve Van Dam first developed the ORO Visual Music app more than two years ago, he didn’t realize that it would ultimately transform music education for children with autism and other special needs.

On-demand warehouse startup eyes $750k capital raise
A new business that’s looking to be the Airbnb of warehouses is preparing for a 2019 launch with nearly $1 million in startup capital.  Warehowz, a Glen Allen-based startup that allows companies to list and rent short-term warehouse space on demand, is raising $750,000 in debt funding.

How Snagajob Founder Shawn Boyer's Next Startup is Avoiding Facebook's Mistakes
“My wife jokes how it’s ironic I’m working on a social media company when I don’t even use social media.”  He’s referring to his latest startup goHappy, a new “backstage” social media platform he’s building with a team of five and $2 million of local funding so far.

Startup Spotlight: With a click of a button, Tablee Tap aims to innovate tableside service at restaurants 
An overseas trip sparked the idea behind Wendy Jiang’s startup company, Tablee.  About two years ago, Jiang and her husband, Kevin, were in South Korea when she noticed a seemingly simple concept that made restaurant service much more efficient and less harried for the waitstaff.

How a Richmond Digital Advocacy Firm Helps Nonprofits Strengthen Their Voice
For many nonprofits, developing a strategy to influence public policy can be a complicated and painstaking task. One Richmond-based business, Muster, is working to change that.  Founded in 2014, Muster was born out of a database of elected officials originally compiled by its founder, Alex Schettine.