March 21 - April 3

OccasionGenius closes $2M round!

Two Richmond startups win at Danville pitch competition

With $2 million investment round done, startup tech company OccasionGenius plans wider rollout
The Chesterfield County-based tech company OccasionGenius has completed a $2.15 million investment round that will enable the company to roll out its “event discovery” service to more customers.

Startup Spotlight: Bitcubs founder wants to make computer coding fun for young students
Amber Manry has collected a stack of notes that she received from school children about her cartoon called Bitcubs.  A handwritten note penned by one child says: “I can teach my dad what coding is, thanks to you.”

Local distillery Virago has raised $180,000 in private investment round
One of the Richmond area’s newest craft distilleries is raising money from investors.  Virago Spirits LLC has raised $180,000 out of a planned $1 million capital raise, according to a filing the company made this week with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The equity investment round opened on March 4 and eight investors have invested, according to the filing.

Startup Spotlight: Inspired by her son, Carousel Skin makes soaps for 'fun time' bath time
Carousel Skin is Latifah Crenshaw’s part-time gig for now.  A parenting conundrum was the inspiration behind Latifah Crenshaw’s startup business, Carousel Skin.