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Start-Up Competition 2013

Speakeasy was named the Region’s Next Best Start-Up at the 2nd Annual i.e.* Start-Up Competition on April 16th! They took home a $10,000 cash prize and other great prizes. Dragon Grips won the $2,500 People’s Choice Award.

Read all details.

Read about the event on Work It, Richmond.

Read about all of the finalists on RVANews.


More about the i.e.* Start-Up Competition

The winner of the Start-Up Competition receives a $10,000 cash prize, thanks to our friends at Cherry Bekaert LLP, as well as…

– Six months of free office space at New Richmond Ventures
– $3,500 worth of IT strategy and implementation services from Imagine Simplicity
– Mentoring from 804RVA

– Also new this year, one finalist will be named the People’s Choice Award Winner and receive $2,500 from First Capital Bank!


Eligibility requirements for contestants:

1.  Contestants must verify that they have been in business for less than one year (or not prior to March 19, 2012), or not yet a licensed business, and

2.  Contestants must be willing to headquarter their business 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:
Here is how our finalists were selected:

– A cadre of local successful entrepreneurs selected their top 5 from the overall contestant pool. They had access only to the information posted on the i.e.* website.

– The public voted during a three day period, March 26, 27 and 28, via the i.e.* site. The ten contestants that received the most votes were named finalists.

– One contestant was selected by both the entrepreneurs and the public, resulting in 14 finalists.

– Chamber staff members are NOT involved in selecting the finalists



The application entry deadline for Start-Up Competition 2013 has passed.

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