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2015 i.e.* Startup Competition


Welcome to the 2015 i.e.* Startup Competition…back by popular demand!

2015 Prizes

This year, we’re giving away $22,500 in cash prizes.

First we are offering a $10,000 prize for the Region’s Best Startup. This year we are adding another $10,000 prize for the Region’s Best Social Innovation Startup. A big thank you to  The Community Foundation for sponsoring the Social Innovation Award.

In addition to the cash prizes, both winners will receive:

Also, one finalist will be named the People’s Choice Award Winner and receive $2,500 from First Capital Bank. This winner will be chosen on-site at the competition.

804RVA is also offering 6 months of their Community Membership to all of the finalists (valued at $210 per person).

Eligibility requirements for contestants

  1. Contestants must verify that they have been in business for less than one year (or not prior to April 20, 2014), or not yet a licensed business, and
  2. Contestants must be willing to headquarter their businesses somewhere in the Richmond Region.

Judging Criteria

  • Evaluation of the viability of the business to be successful
  • Evaluation of the innovative nature of the business
  • Originality of the product or service in the market

Selection of Finalists

  • Some of the finalists will be selected by a cadre of local successful entrepreneurs. They will have access only to the information posted on the i.e.* website.
  • A majority of the finalists will be selected by the public, which will vote online during a three day period, April 21, 22 and 23, via the i.e.* site.
  • Chamber staff members are NOT involved in selecting the finalists.

Key Dates

  • Contest entry deadline – Monday, April 20th at 11:00 p.m.
  • Online public voting – April 21st, 22nd, 23rd
  • Finalists announced – Friday, April 24th
  • Startup Competition – Tuesday, May 12th, at 6:00 p.m. at Richmond CenterStage

Read a recap about the 2014 i.e.* Startup Competition

Tenant Turner was named the Region’s Next Best Startup at the 3rd Annual i.e.* Startup Competition on last spring. They took home a $10,000 cash prize and other great prizes. CUSH won the $2,500 People’s Choice Award.

Read about all of the finalists on RVANews.


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