Richmond Startup Spotlight e-newsletter launching to focus on the growing entrepreneurial community


The startup community in the Richmond region is robust.

Dozens of entrepreneurs have opened budding new businesses – and many others are thinking of doing so. Some start by working in their living rooms or garages. Others work at the recently opened 1717 Innovation Center in Richmond's Shockoe Bottom, which has become a gateway for the entrepreneurial community.

Business incubators such as Startup Virginia or Lighthouse Labs provide the mentorship to help these new companies. UnBoundRVA is guiding future entrepreneurs from low-income communities. Startups can get help from organizations in the area such as SCORE, a network of retired business executives who mentor budding entrepreneurs.

Organizations hold meetings to educate and connect entrepreneurs so they and others can learn about the challenges of starting a business and sharing ideas. Local universities have increased enrollment in entrepreneurship classes.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch has been writing about this growing entrepreneurial ecosystem for years, from articles about some of these startup businesses and the funding that local angel investors provide to the challenges that the startup founders face.

Now, The Times-Dispatch is expanding coverage with the Richmond Startup Spotlight e-newsletter every Sunday morning.

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