April 4 - 12

Startup Spotlight: Handy Ma'am Goods designs workwear for women from South Richmond studio
Being an entrepreneur is often a learn-as-you-go experience, and that’s been especially true for Bella Weinstein, the founder of workwear company Handyma’am Goods.

How Mobile Marketing Startup Dippy Drives Customer Engagement for Fast Food Brands
Nearly three years after its initial launch, Dippy is shaking up the quick-service food industry.  Developed by Richmond-based entrepreneurs Evan Rallis and Mike McCabe, Dippy is a mobile web and text messaging platform that drives customer engagement for businesses by increasing app downloads and loyalty program signups. It also leverages vital marketing data for its clients by providing incentives for customers to participate in surveys or promotions.

Six startups selected as finalists for SCOREcard competition
Six startup businesses have been selected as finalists for the SCOREcard 2019 business pitch competition on April 30.  The program seeks to identify and reward Richmond-area startups and emerging businesses that have a high potential for growth and success.

Richmond startup Zoozil pivots in e-book realm
Inspired by his childhood, Joe Heinzen founded Zoozil in 2013 with a mission to turn young reluctant readers into avid readers.  Zoozil is an educational software developer that offers original, downloadable e-books for children. In 2015, the company participated in the Lighthouse Labs business accelerator in Richmond, but it has since done what many startups do as they evolve: It has pivoted.

Startup Spotlight: FinTech firm Paymerang adds people and space
After raising $26 million in investments last year, Chesterfield County-based financial services technology firm Paymerang has added jobs and moved to a bigger office.  “Things have been going well — we are growing fast,” said Nasser Chanda, Paymerang’s chief executive officer. “We are signing on new clients and new partnerships.”