And then there were 15: new businesses compete for $10,000 prize

The public has voted and now the best Richmond start-ups will go toe-to-toe later this month

The Greater Richmond Chamber has announced the finalists for the i.e.* Start-Up Competition. The 15 new businesses will now compete for a $10,000 prize and six months of office space.

The public selected the 15 finalists by way of online voting on June 5th. Voting originally began on May 30th, but the volume of voters–over a quarter million in three hours–crashed the website.

“We thank all of our contestants for taking this tremendous leap and demonstrating just how creative and passionate the Richmond Region is about small businesses and new ideas,” said Chrystal Neal, Director of Creativity & Innovation at the Greater Richmond Chamber. “This contest’s true objective is to elevate the public profile of our contestants, connect them with resources and show the world that Richmond is a hotbed of entrepreneurial activity.”

A panel of judges will award the title of Region’s Next Best Start-Up and the $10,000 prize in a free public event on Thursday, June 21st at Richmond CenterStage.

Here are the finalists:


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Nathan Cushing

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