November 15 - 30

Check out the winners of Venture Forum RVA's rvAwesome Founder Awards!

Congrats to ARtGlass on raising $1.3 million

Brandefy wins Lighthouse Lab Pitch Competition

What We Learned from the Inaugural UpRiver Entrepreneurship Summit
The Virginia Museum of History and Culture early this week focused on the present as Activation Capital hosted the first UpRiver Summit, a two-day event for the entrepreneurial community. The summit, designed using data from Richmond entrepreneurs to inform programming, brought in 26 speakers who provided tips and tools for navigating the startup journey.

"Why Richmond?" panel leads discussion at UpRiver summit on the startup community
After Cabell Rosanelli left his hometown of Richmond 13 years ago, he did not envision he would be back. When Lisa Ruggles first visited Richmond about 12 years ago for four weeks of work-related training, she was “not overly impressed” with the area. Yet Ruggles and Rosanelli are back in Richmond now, leading business operations in the region.

Richmond food entrepreneurs grateful for local grocers
Rosen-Long was on a panel about the marketing of super foods with representatives of two other local food startups — chia bar maker Health Warrior, founded in 2010 by three college friends and recently acquired by food and beverage giant PepsiCo, and frozen dessert company O’My Dairy Free Gelato, which launched earlier this year.

'Inspired by Joy:' Naborforce utilizes technology and gig economy to help senior citizens
Paige Wilson likes to say that her startup company Naborforce is “inspired by Joy.”

Blueswipe Adds Transparency to Payment Processing
Whether at your neighborhood coffee shop or a multilevel department store, the drill is the same: walk up to the cashier, pull out your card, pay for your item and walk out. For business owners, that simple swipe taps into payment processing, a mixed bag of different pricing structures, processor charges and interchange fees.

Buddy sees huge potential in providing accident insurance for outdoor recreation
The founders and employees at startup company Buddy Technology Inc. are the sort of people who enjoy outdoor activities and sports.

How LIghthouse Labs has Pushed the EdTech Envelope with its Latest Cohort
No one knows better than an entrepreneur that growth is a matter of learning, a process rather than a product — no one, that is, except a teacher.  On Nov. 15, education and entrepreneurialism celebrated the inaugural anniversary of what could prove a long and fruitful partnership in the River City when Lighthouse Labs hosted its 2018 pitch competition, the culminating event of its sixth accelerator and the first to take educational technology as its major focus.