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KLDiscovery Completes Acquisitions of Two Firms– Strategic Legal Solutions and Compiled Accretive Acquisitions Add $12 million of Revenue in 2020 Expands KLD’s Global Customer Base and Information Governance and eDiscovery Software Offerings New York, NY and McLean, VA, July 29, 2019 – Pivotal Acquisition Corp (NYSE: PVT) (“Pivotal”), a public investment vehicle, and KLDiscovery (“KLD”), a leading global provider of electronic discovery, information governance and data recovery services, today announced that KLD has acquired New York-based Strategic Legal Solutions (SLS) and Richmond, Virginia-based Compiled.



EventZingo Recycles OccasionGenius Platform for New RVA Startup

When a startup pivots into a different business model, it’s only natural that some of its previous assets and initiatives fall by the wayside. Such was the case at Richmond-based OccasionGenius, founded by Nate Marcus as a local events directory and planning platform.


Meet Richmond Inno’s 2019 Inno Blazers

Members of Richmond’s tech, business and startup communities converged in Scott’s Addition Thursday night to celebrate Richmond Inno’s Inno on Fire, a party honoring 25 of the most innovative companies and individuals in Central Virginia. Hundreds of the area’s top entrepreneurs and innovators appeared at the packed event for networking and a celebration of the River City’s best and brightest.





AnswersNow Raises $850K to Aid Parents of Kids With Autism

Growth time has begun for a Richmond startup looking to provide answers on autism. AnswersNow has closed an $850,000 seed funding round, co-founder Jeff Beck said, as it looks to scale its platform that matches parents of children with autism to clinicians for counseling.


Startup company AnswersNow has raised $850,000 in seed capital round

The Richmond-based startup company AnswersNow has completed a fund-raising round that netted $850,000, the company’s co-founder Jeff Beck said. AnswersNow provides an online, digital platform that matches parents of children with autism to licensed clinicians who can offer counseling.



RVA Startup Awards: Meet Richmond’s 2019 Inno on Fire

If you aren’t yet stoked for our inaugural Inno on Fire event, this list is surely about to kindle the flame. Today, we’re officially awarding the people and companies that are crushing it in Richmond’s innovation ecosystem with the first annual Inno on Fire awards.



RVA Biotech Grenova is Cutting Plastic Waste in Science Labs

How much of a pipette has to be reused to majorly cut down on plastic lab waste? Turns out, just the tip. That’s what Ali Safavi, founder of green tech startup Grenova, discovered when he entered the field of biological engineering as a young professional. Plastic was everywhere.


First cohort at Norfolk accelerator program raises $1.8 million

Starting with $20,000, five participants in 757 Accelerate’s first program raked in close to $2 million in total funding, according to a new impact report by the startup accelerator. The program also helped the new companies find their footing and scale up as they pitched to investors, participants said.



DineGigs Scraps $5M Round, Refocuses as ‘LinkedIn for Restaurants’

The food service industry is a main artery in the U.S., pumping $800 billion through the economy every year and employing more than 15 million workers. One of those was native Richmonder Duncan Parker, who is now the founder and CEO of Dine Inc., a technology startup aiming to improve the way restaurants operate.


RVA Biotech Grenova is Cutting Plastic Waste in Science Labs

How much of a pipette has to be reused to majorly cut down on plastic lab waste? Turns out, just the tip. That’s what Ali Safavi, founder of green tech startup Grenova, discovered when he entered the field of biological engineering as a young professional. Plastic was everywhere.


How Richmond Startup Fringe is Making Employee Benefits Fun

Employees are quitting their jobs at an alarming rate. The Society for Human Resource Management recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and found that employee attrition hit an all-time high in 2018. Every month last year, American workers voluntarily boxed up their desks and walked out.


Nine startups chosen for summer Lighthouse Labs business accelerator, focusing on Virginia college grads

Nine startup businesses have been selected to participate in the summer cohort of Lighthouse Labs, a Richmond-based nonprofit that provides mentoring and equity-free funding for entrepreneurs. More than 120 startups applied to participate in the summer program, which starts May 28 and focuses on startups that have at least one founder or co-founder who have graduated since 2014 from a two- or four-year college or university in Virginia.


Startup Spotlight: Software developer brings deep experience to new product venture

Some startup founders are fairly inexperienced when they create their ventures, but not Unni Kirandumkara, who brought 25 years of experience working in the data management industry to his venture. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Kirandumkara had worked on some big data management projects as a contractor for the federal government, including one project that involved bringing about 230 million documents for the U.S.


Startup company Roundtrip scores $5.1 million in investments

Investors recently put $5.1 million into Roundtrip, a technology startup company with offices in Richmond and Philadelphia. The latest investment round follows $1.8 million in seed money raised in March 2018 for Roundtrip, which developed a computer software platform that enables health care providers to book rides for patients to and from medical appointments, helping to reduce costly “no shows” at medical appointments.


Roundtrip just raised a $5.1M Series A to double in size – Technical.ly Philly

Old City’s Roundtrip, makers of an on-demand transportation platform for the healthcare space, announced Wednesday it closed a $5.14 million Series A. The company aims to double its staff of 26, currently split between Philadelphia and Richmond, Va., with the money. The funding will also let the company enhance its software capabilities.




Buddy Plants Richmond’s Flag in Growing Insurtech Field

As might be expected, a Richmond insurance startup is covering all of its bases this summer prior to its launch in 10 states. One of only 10 companies nationwide selected for the inaugural class of the MetLife Digital Accelerator carried out in partnership with Techstars, Buddy, described by its founders as a “new type of insurance,” is soaking up all of the advice and guidance it can get.





NC State Startups Awarded $50,000 in 2019 Lulu eGames Daugherty Track

Casey Boutwell, an NC State alumnus and former employee, and his startup company took home $25,000 in funding for winning first place in the Daugherty Track of the Lulu eGames. He earned his MBA from NC State’s Poole College of Management in 2016 while working for the university.




Naborforce Reimagines Care in Richmond – GRID Magazine

Paige Wilson wants all of Richmond to become “Nabors.” And her innovative startup, appropriately named Naborforce, couldn’t have come at a better time to make this happen. An aging baby boomer population means that for the first time in U.S. history older adults will outnumber children.


Startup Spotlight: Handyma’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. “I very much went to the school of hard knocks and made a lot of mistakes, but that is how I prefer to do things – just dive in and ask as many questions as I can,” said Weinstein, a former hairdresser who founded Handyma’am in 2014.



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. “Essentially, this is kind of like us coming out of stealth mode,” said OccasionGenius co-founder and CEO Nate Marcus, who describes the company as an “event discovery technology company.”



Richmond Event-Planning Startup OccasionGenius Raises $2.1M

Richmond startup OccasionGenius has closed its seed round with $2.15 million in fresh funding. The company’s platform, used by hotels and other hospitality providers, coalesces event data and informs people of things to do around town. The seed funding, confirmed by founder Nate Marcus, was led by Richmond’s CVA Angels with an $800,000 investment and included participation from Virginia Beach-based 757 Angels, among others.


2 Richmond Startups Take Top Spots at IdeaFest Pitch Comp.

Young biotech companies born in Richmond took home the top two spots at a recent pitch competition in Danville, Va. After receiving nearly 100 applications, The Launch Place, a consulting and investment group, hosted 20 competitors onstage to present their startups to a panel of judges for the IdeaFest Pitch Competition.


Local startup OccasionGenius evolves, sells off an arm – Richmond BizSense

As it pivots its business model, a well-funded Richmond startup has sold part of itself to another local operator. OccasionGenius, which launched in 2015 as PartyRVA, has sold its event marketplace technology to Mike Murphy, Mark Jones, Joe Doran and Nick Jones, who are keeping the service going as EventZingo.


Dip It Good

Microgreens are sprouted plants harvested in the seedling stage, often used by chefs as a garnish providing aroma, subtle flavors and a pop of fresh color, but the herbaceous confetti is typically pushed to the side of the plate.




Area crypto startup purchases peer – Richmond BizSense

A young local startup has dropped some coin to acquire a fellow cryptocurrency firm. Coin Savage, a Shockoe Bottom-based cryptocurrency financial services startup, has acquired Vite.Money, a D.C.-based crypto company. The deal closed in mid-February, Coin Savage co-founder Andrew Elliott said. Terms were not disclosed.


Startup Spotlight: Hugo Render turns architectural plans into realistic 3D images

It isn’t easy to imagine what a house, an office building, a sports stadium or a new museum wing will look like based on architectural plans alone. Give a two-dimensional design document to Adam Hugo and Nate Llewellyn, though, and they’ll turn it into a stunningly realistic three-dimensional rendering of a planned building.


From the Ground Up

This is what the American dream looks like. A tiny office stacked high with cardboard boxes (S, M, L). Molded foot models, spools of yarn. A whiteboard scrawled with a quote from Leonardo da Vinci: “The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.”



Alumnus launches online tutoring platform for academic student mentorship

From a car washer in third grade and homemade wallet salesman in middle school to social media consultant in college, John Failla has always been an entrepreneur. “I always had a new venture in mind,” John said. So, when he found he had some time during his senior year at University of Richmond, John was onto his next idea.


2019 Best Tech Startups in Richmond (Virginia)

The Tech Tribune staff has compiled the very best tech startups in Richmond, Virginia. In doing our research, we considered several factors including but not limited to: Revenue potential Leadership team Brand/product traction Competitive landscape Additionally, all companies must be independent (u…


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. Merlinio Technologies LLC raised the debt and options financing from nine investors, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The company, founded in 2016, designed a mobile app to help people more quickly and easily get automobile insurance quotes.




Richmond Startup EdConnective Gives Teachers a Leg Up

A teacher would never dream of giving students 10 months of assignments and then offer feedback two to three times during the year. But when many U.S. educators first take up their position in front of the blackboard, that’s the scenario they face.



Richmond Event Tech Startup OccasionGenius Raises $1M+

Richmond-based travel software startup OccasionGenius has hauled in at least $1 million in equity funding in an ongoing round, according to SEC filings. The company’s platform, used by hotels and other hospitality providers, coalesces event data and informs people of things to do around town.


Two new Richmond footwear brands launch for active lifestyles

Portland, Oregon, is well-known for being the home of major brands including Columbia and Nike. Now Richmond may be taking some small steps in that direction. Rider Boot Shop and Stegmann Clogs have been quietly pushing their shoes out all around the globe from the region for a while.


Richmond Startup Kinis Makes Strides in Barefoot Training

Vincent Vu knows that every race is won by simply putting one foot in front of the other. This December, the Richmond entrepreneur crossed his first major finish line when his barefoot training startup, Kinis, released the Nomad 804, a minimalistic “shoe” for indoor exercise that offers wearers as close to the barefoot experience as you can get without actually letting your naked soles touch the gym floor.


A Former Rock Star’s Tech Startup is Teaching Music to Kids With Special Needs

When Steve Van Dam first developed the ORO Visual Music app more than two years ago, he didn’t realize that it would ultimately transform music education for children with autism and other special needs. Van Dam, a former member of the ’90s rock band Everything, initially launched ORO with his partner, Craig Honeycutt, for entertainment purposes.



Three Richmond-area startups raising significant capital from investors

Three Richmond-area startup companies have recently raised significant investments. Chesterfield County-based tech company OccasionGenius raised $520,000 in an investment round in October, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The company’s cofounder and CEO said that investment was in addition to a similar funding round in 2017.


UZURV Tackles Ride-Hailing Niche to Offer Rides With “Higher Duty of Care”

As ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft continue to plow into the market share of the taxicab service industry, they have left corners of the personal mobility space open and exposed to competitors. One such competitor is UZURV, an adaptive transportation network company (TNC) that provides door-to-door transportation- as opposed to curb-to-curb service – for disabled, elderly and non-emergency medical riders.


Richmond food entrepreneurs grateful for local grocers

Are protein-rich sunflower sprouts the next super food? The folks at Richmond-based SSUPP Foods want it to be so. SSUPP, which stands for Sustainable Sunflower Urban Plant Powered, is developing a line of refrigerated dips and spreads based on micro sunflower greens – the first two leaves of a sunflower plant.


Shockoe Bottom VC drops more dough, this time with Bob Dylan in mind – Richmond BizSense

What began as an idea in Afton has evolved into a local startup that’s attracted world-famous musicians as clients and caught the ear of Richmond investors. Digital ReLab, a company with offices in Richmond and Charlottesville that makes digital asset management software to archive things such as musical recordings, in recent weeks scored an investment round from local venture capital fund Trolley Ventures.

— submitted by SVA / January 2019


Startup that created an ingredient comparison app wins annual Lighthouse Labs business pitch competition

A startup company with an app that gives shoppers quick and accurate quality and ingredient comparisons between name-brand and generic products won first place in the annual Lighthouse Labs startup business pitch competition Thursday. Brandefy, which was founded in Charlottesville but now calls Richmond home, emerged from among seven startup competitors to take the $5,000 top prize.

— submitted by SVA / January 2019


Roundtrip to roll out ridesharing program at NIH – Roundtrip

November 9, 2018 It is with great enthusiasm that Roundtrip announces it will provide services to the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, the largest research hospital in America. Roundtrip will be implementing its secure software platform for hospital staff to access rideshare through Roundtrip’s nationwide partnership with Lyft.



How This EdTech Startup Helps Teachers Solve The Digital Distraction Problem

It is almost surreal to think about the technology students have in their hands now compared to even ten years ago. It wasn’t long ago that students were passing notes in class, using calculators to write secret messages to each other, or opening up Paint on the school computer rather than focusing on their typing lessons.



PivotPass Helps Richmond Companies Develop Healthier Workers

Three years in, PivotPass is at a tipping point. The app, co-founded by self-described “life partners” April Palmer and Brig Leland II, recently inked deals with Apex Clean Energy and the Martin Agency, boosting its usage and raising its profile in the Central Virginia tech ecosystem.


Learning Curve: Meet the Startups Boosting Richmond’s Fast-Growing Edtech Industry

Maybe it’s the high-rated public school system. Maybe it’s the great universities. Maybe it’s the water. Whatever it is, something in Richmond’s soil is perfect for growing edtech startups. The area has given rise to a wealth of fast-growing companies focused on education, many of which are just getting started on their best school year to date.


Top 40 Under 40

This is what you might call a feel-good issue. First off, people usually feel good when they win awards – especially when they’re deserved. And in this issue, we pick from hundreds of nominations, plus a few of our own suggestions, 40 local people younger than 40 who impressed us in some way with their focus, determination and hard work for the betterment of Richmond, whether through their job, volunteer work, or often both.



This Richmond Edtech Startup is Tackling America’s Biggest Misconception About College

Since its founding in 2015, the career exploration platform MajorClarity has become one of the most recognized household names in the Richmond startup ecosystem. Richmonders might recall the edtech company’s founder and CEO Joe Belsterling as a mentor at Startup Virginia, a top graduate of the accelerator Lighthouse Labs, or most recently, featured in Richmond Inno’s own 25 Under 25 list.



Startup Spotlight: Kinis designs and sells durable sock-like footwear for barefoot training

Vincent Vu often can be seen walking around the Startup Virginia business incubator in downtown Richmond wearing what, at first glance, appears to be socks and no shoes. The “socks” are in fact a special kind of footwear, a sort of hybrid between socks and shoes which Vu, an avid athlete, designed himself to help alleviate the foot and knee pain he once suffered during his frequent exercise routines.


Richmond Inno’s 25 Under 25

One of the best ways to gauge the potential of a tech ecosystem is to take a look at a region’s youngest entrepreneurs. From the hallways of Richmond high schools to universities, coworking spaces and incubators, the newest generation entering the workforce has more startup resources than ever – and is making good use of them.





Richmond Note-Taking App Maple Taps Into Your Psyche

After almost three years of quietly putting down roots, an online platform that aims to help individuals organize their thoughts and embrace personal growth is beginning to branch out. This fall, Maple, which has been operating under the radar during an extensive buildout, is rolling out a new version called Maple Pro and starting to aggressively take its product into the public sphere.







Making It Easy to Give

Life is busy, and making it to a community fundraiser at a restaurant on a weeknight right after work doesn’t always fit into the schedule. What if you could just purchase a restaurant e-gift card and still donate (and eat), but on your own time?


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