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And the finalists are…


We are pleased to announce the 14 finalists that will compete in the 2013 Start-Up Competition (in alphabetical order)!






Boho Cycle Studio


Dragon Grips



Love This

Richmond Autism Connection

Richmond Food Cooperative

RVA Farms

Sir Bentley Art


The Storytellers Channel

Success Without Limitations Inc.



Finalists will compete before a panel of judges on April 16 at Richmond CenterStage. The event is free and open to the public.

The finalists were selected in two ways.  A group of local successful entrepreneurs from Lighthouse Lab Mentors and the 804RVA Mentor Network selected five contestants from the overall pool based on the following 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


The remainder of the finalists was selected by online public vote March 26 – 28 on One contestant was selected by both methods, resulting in 14 total finalists.

“Our Start-Up Competition continues to evolve, and we are once again thrilled with the RVA community’s support of its creative entrepreneurs. Our selection process this year expanded to include a blind review by a local group of successful entrepreneurs who volunteered to evaluate each contestant and select five distinct frontrunners. These results were combined with the outcome of the online public voting period to create our final list,” said Chrystal Neal, director of creativity and innovation at the Greater Richmond Chamber. “Whereas the ability to mount an effective digital marketing campaign is one component of being a successful entrepreneur in today’s marketplace, we added the peer review this year to help balance the process. Just as our contestants must always be innovating, our i.e.* initiative continuously evaluates and improves its processes.”

The public is invited to attend the free i.e.* Start-Up Competition, sponsored by Tumblr, on April 16 at Richmond CenterStage.  Doors open at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m.  The winner will be announced that evening and will receive a $10,000 cash prize, thanks to Cherry Bekaert LLP, as well as

New this year, the audience will select a People’s Choice Award Winner, who will receive $2,500 from First Capital Bank!

The Start-Up Competition is the third event in the i.e.* Entrepreneurial Trilogy, a series of free events designed to promote and encourage entrepreneurism in RVA.  The Trilogy is presented by MWV, and thanks to MWV, Evergreen Enterprises and others, all events are free and open to the public.

The i.e.* initiative also produces and partners on additional programming. For more information about i.e.*, contact Chrystal Neal, (804) 783-9310, or visit



About the Greater Richmond Chamber

Since 1867, the Greater Richmond Chamber ( has taken the lead to enhance and institute change in the Richmond Region, making the region an ideal location for businesses to prosper.  The Chamber, a not-for-profit business membership association with more than 1,100 members, is a catalyst for business development and the voice of business in Greater Richmond.


Press Contacts:

Lesley Bruno

Director of Marketing

Greater Richmond Chamber

(804) 783-9328


Chrystal Neal

Director of Creativity and Innovation

Greater Richmond Chamber

(804) 783-9310



One Response to And the finalists are…

  1. Mary Simmons March 27, 2013 at 2:46 pm #

    I think we need to support and promote our community. Therefore, I vote Richmond moving forward!

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