January 24 - February 6

VCU Launches three-year, $7M initiative to support the development of new innovations in health care 

Startup Spotlight: Tympanogen is developing hydrogels for eardrum repair and wound healing
A package that recently arrived at the startup company Tympanogen contained a precious cargo that had traveled a long, long distance. Inside were samples of the company’s polymer hydrogels, which had traveled from Earth to space and back again.

804RVA founder and WorkLabs owner create new workspace branded as 'Work & Friends'
The founder of the shared office space 804RVA and the owner of branding agency Work Labs have joined to create a new coworking brand that they are promoting as "more than a work space."

Startup Spotlight: VCU professor creates a barricade device to stymie mass school shooters
Most of the time, inventors and entrepreneurs want to come up with innovative products that people will need to use a lot. That’s not so for the DropLock, a product that Scott Witthaus hopes will be used to secure school classrooms from attackers.

Coworking company moves, will share space with ad agency
One of Richmond’s original coworking spaces has teamed with a local ad industry veteran for a rebrand and expansion.  804RVA is changing its name to Work & Friends and moving its main coworking venue down the block to 1623 W. Broad St., where it will share space with Cabell Harris’ Work Labs ad agency.

Richmond-area woman starts business selling color-coordinated women's workout clothes 
When Tabitha Dowtin became serious about working out four years ago, she shopped around for cute and fashionable workout clothes. “I would have to go to two or three stores to put (outfits) together,” Dowtin said. “The workout gear sometimes motivates people to work out who wouldn’t normally work out.”

Richmond-based startup Merlinio Technologies has raised a total of $663,000 in debt financing 
A Richmond-based startup company that offers online insurance quotes has raised $663,000 in financing.