December 13 - January 9

OccasionGenius raised over $1 million!

Inc. magazine ranks Richmond as 35th best city to start business; Virginia Beach also on the list

Richmond Startup EdConnective is Giving Teachers a Leg Up in the Classroom
A teacher would never dream of giving students 10 months of assignments and then offer feedback two to three times during the year. But when many U.S. educators first take up their position in front of the blackboard, that’s the scenario they face.

Startup Spotlight: Maple seeks to be an all-in-one organizational tool for 'goals and visions'
New Year’s resolutions are easy to make and hard to keep.  Chris Dawson and Scott Waletzko have a startup business whose mission is to help people remain persistent and focused on whatever personal and professional goals they’ve set.

Second women-centric coworking space opens downtown
A soft shade of pink adorns many walls in the city’s latest coworking venue.  Pinq Inc., a coworking space for women only, opened last month in the newly rehabbed building at 1 W. Cary St. in Monroe Ward downtown.

Shawn Boyer's goHappy app has Facebook-like characterists but promises a quieter, more private social media experience
Shawn Boyer thinks there is a sea change coming in how people consume social media.  The big social media platforms such as Facebook have become “noisy” places, and often maligned for selling their users’ personal data without permission, said Boyer, a Richmond-area entrepreneur best known as the founder and former CEO of the job search site, now named Snag.

Startup Spotlight: The Giving Wall helps people help themselves
Opportunities to help people in need often come in the form of food or clothing or toy drives, or money-raising events such as auctions or charity runs for various philanthropies.  Sometimes, though, the most effective form of giving can be providing one thing that people need the most to help them help themselves.

Hatch Kitchen RVA serving up coworking space for food makers
A former tobacco warehouse just off Maury Street in South Richmond has been converted into a coworking space designed to nurture local food businesses.  Hatch Kitchen RVA has a 9,000-square-foot kitchen designed for multiple users and outfitted with an array of cooking equipment and work stations. The coworking space is expected to be operational early in 2019 with a variety of food makers as members.

Co-founder of startup company Painless1099 returns to Richmond
Ace Callwood is the co-founder of Painless1099, a startup created in 2015 that developed a website and a mobile app that enables independent contractors and people who work freelance jobs to manage their money, including automatically setting aside money for taxes.

Larkin Garbee looks to spread support networks for entrepreneurs
Larkin Garbee has been working for more than a decade to spark the Richmond region’s entrepreneurial environment.