June 29 - July 12

Startup Spotlight: Marketing Mixtape aims to promote local, independent musicians
When the local folk music duo Colin Healy and Caroline Mauck — better known to fans simply as Colin & Caroline — recorded an album of five original songs in March, they knew they would need help promoting the record.

Henrico maker of food ingredients introduces chickpea protein solution as a dairy substitute
Nutriati, a local company that makes nonallergenic food ingredients from chickpeas, said it has introduced a protein concentrate that can be used as a substitute for dairy products or animal proteins.

June 15 - 28

Hyperloop at VCU unveils completed competition pod
A Virginia Commonwealth University student team — part of an elite group of 20 teams selected internationally to advance to the final round of the 2018 SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition this summer — today unveiled its fully constructed pod vehicle to the Richmond community.  For the complete article, click here.

Trolley Venture Partners raises $4 million to invest in central Virginia startup companies
A new investment fund has been created to provide financial backing for early stage business ventures in central Virginia. For the complete article, click here.

New Richmond-based news startup poaches Times-Dispatch talent
A network of news websites with a nonprofit business model expanding across the country has lured away a team of reporters from the Richmond Times-Dispatch to launch its first Virginia outpost. For the complete article, click here.

Richmond-area food industry experts launch dairy-free gelato
Two local food industry veterans have taken the entrepreneurial plunge, combining their expertise to launch a new non-dairy frozen dessert that is being sold at local independent grocery stores.  For the complete article, click here.

Richmond startup launches fresh take on workout socks
After ditching his sneakers, a local architect-turned-entrepreneur is launching a startup he hopes will gain traction in the shoeless running market.  For the complete article, click here.

Startup Spotlight: CrowdLobby wants to give 'everyday people' more voice in government
Professional political lobbying typically is viewed as the apparatus of big corporations and well-funded special interest groups that want to influence government policy — not the domain of ordinary folk.  For the complete article, click here.

June 1 - 14

C-ville investment firm heads for Scott's Addition
A wealth advisory firm from UVA country has made a push into the local market.  Patina Wealth, which was founded two years ago in Charlottesville, last month opened an office in Richmond.  For the complete article, click here.

Startup businesses in the Richmond region are getting investments here but gaps mean they must look elsewhere for funding
For startup companies, the quest for money to transform an idea into a business, and then build it into a sustainable venture, is often a perpetual process.  For the complete article, click here.

Richmond-based nitro cold brew maker Convergent Coffee rebrands and expands
The process of crafting nitro cold-brew coffee takes time, but a Richmond-based company isn’t wasting a second in its effort to bring its regional brand nationwide. For the complete article, click here.

Startup Spotlight: Klix Frames offers patented way to switch eyeglass lenses between frames
The inspiration behind the startup company Klix Frames came several years ago when New Kent County resident Sean McGinley’s wife and daughter went out to buy eyeglasses. For the complete article, click here.
 

May 18 - May 31

Business accelerator Lighthouse Labs to offer special program for startup companies in education technology
Lighthouse Labs, a business accelerator in Richmond that provides mentoring to local startup companies, is planning to expand its next program, offering a special emphasis on startups that are focused on education technology and innovation.  For the complete article, click here.

PermitZIP founder launches separate room-scanning firm
What started as a cure for a workflow headache for his construction drawing startup has blossomed into another new business venture for Kenny Shultz. For the complete article, click here.

Henrico startup raises $7M, led by local VC firm
Continuing what’s become an annual tradition, local startup West Creek Financial has capped off yet another big capital raise.  For the complete article, click here.

Startup Spotlight: Iconic iD offers technology to help first responders access medical and contact information
Duane Stafford was inspired to create his startup business, Iconic iD, when he learned that there is no standard system for emergency first responders to obtain vital information about people who have been in an accident or who are suffering medical emergencies and cannot communicate.  For the complete article, click here.

May 4 - May 17

West Creek Financial raises $7 million in convertible debt, expanding sales force by 70 people
West Creek Financial Inc., a Henrico County-based point-of-sale financing firm, said Monday that it has raised $7 million as it plans to increase its sales force by 70 people this year. For the complete article, click here.

Six startups, including one trying to bring back Richbrau Brewing Co., selected for SCORECard competition finals
A company that is trying to bring back a former Richmond brewery brand and another business that wants to provides cleaning solutions to the health care industry are among six startup businesses that will compete in the final round of the SCOREcard Business Model Canvas Competition.  For the complete article, click here.

RichTech gala recognizes 10 individuals, companies
RichTech, an association of local technology businesses and tech professionals, recognized 10 individuals or businesses at its 23rd annual Technology Awards show and gala last week.  For the complete article, click here.

'Food incubator' hatching near Manchester
A new take on local coworking is coming to the city’s Southside, with a popular Richmond ice cream maker in tow. For the complete article, click here.

Gather moving downtown location to Broad St.
Just months after extending its reach to Short Pump, a local coworking chain is looking to reposition its original location three blocks north.  For the complete article, click here.

Simulator-powered golf venue planned near Scott's Addition
Where Broad Street buses bound for Chinatown once docked, golfers soon will be teeing off.  A group of local investors is planning to open an indoor, simulator-powered golf training venue in part of a vacant No. 1 Bus Tour property at 3121 W. Broad St.  For the complete article, click here.

Richmond-based Envera Health Inc. completes $2 million investment round
Richmond-based Envera Health Inc., a growing company that offers services to health care providers, has completed a new, $2 million investment round.  For the complete article, click here.

Former ChamberRVA staffer Richard Wintsch named executive director of business incubator Startup Virginia
A key staff member of the Startup Virginia business incubator in Richmond’s Shockoe Bottom has been named as its executive director, succeeding interim executive director Bryan Bostic.  For the complete article, click here.

Startup Spotlight: AnswersNow building platform to help parents of children with autism
Through their startup company AnswersNow, Jeff Beck, John Curd and Adam Dreyfus are trying to help parents of children with autism get answers when they need them. For the complete article, click here.

Auvi-Q for babies available
Richmond-based pharmaceutical company Kaléo has received federal approval to market an epinephrine auto-injector for infants. Kaleo’s Auvi-Q epinephrine device will contain 0.1 milligrams of epinephrine and be suitable for treating babies 16.5 to 33 pounds.  For the complete article, click here.