Richmond Startup Spotlight

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.

The e-newsletter will feature stories about these new ventures and other issues in the startup community.

There will be different rotating columns weekly providing advice on innovation and other issues.

One new column, called Start by Starting, will be about how to initiate the entrepreneurship journey. It is written by Jay Markiewicz, an entrepreneur who is the executive director of entrepreneurship programs at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Business.

All of the information on the startup community will be in one place — in the Richmond Startup Spotlight e-newsletter on Sundays.

Much of the content will appear in the print version of Monday’s Metro Business section and elsewhere in the newspaper during the week.

“Over the last two years, there has been an enhanced commitment by the RTD to storytelling of the startup community and entrepreneurship in general, and this announcement takes that commitment to another level,” said Bryan Bostic, a Richmond entrepreneur, angel investor and co-founder of Startup Virginia, a business incubator in Shockoe Bottom.

“Storytelling is critically important to the advancement of our growing innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem,” Bostic said.

To subscribe to the Richmond Startup Spotlight e-newsletter, the daily RTD Business newsletter or any of the newsletters from The Times-Dispatch, go to

If you have suggestions for stories on businesses or people in the startup community, email them to Business Editor Gregory J. Gilligan at ggilligan@

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