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Venture Out to AvePoint

Wednesday, September 12
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM


RVA Companies to Watch

Luncheon Platter

RVA Companies to Watch is an annual award and celebration that shines a light on area businesses that have the potential to be significant contributors to the area’s future economy.

Congratulations to Venture Forum RVA Companies to Watch in 2018

Emerging Startup Awards

CrowdLobby LLC: A company that has adopted the Kickstarter model of online funding, enabling individuals to donate and pool their funds to be used to hire lobbyists to work on specific legislative issues.

Food Not Flowers: A company that enables people to send precooked meals as gifts for friends or family to help them through major life events such as the birth of a baby instead of sending flowers.

Outdoor Access: A company that operates an online marketplace where outdoor enthusiasts can find private landowners who want to temporarily rent their land for hunting,fishing, camping or other outdoor recreation.

Growth Award

Seasonal Roots: A company that is an online farmers market that delivers fresh produce from nearby farms to its customers, who pay membership fees.

Which companies will shape Richmond’s future?

Each year we gather nominations of successful companies that are on the verge of making an even larger impact in Richmond’s economic future. A panel of judges will narrow the nominations down to the best of the best that we will celebrate at a grand event. Join us to find out who is leading the way in RVA.

Emerging Startups 

Up-and-comers you think are sure to make a big impact in Richmond’s economic future.  

We define emerging start-up as a business that has developed a successful product or service prototype, has some evidence that they have a viable product or service offering, have a defined sales strategy, have been in business for 3 years or less.  

Growth Companies

Companies who are poised for big growth or have shaped major innovation in Richmond. 

We define growth company as a business who generates significant positive cash flows or earnings, which increase at significantly faster rates than the overall economy. A growth company tends to have very profitable reinvestment opportunities for its own retained earnings. 


Which companies in RVA do you admire? Help us acknowledge companies who are doing it right and ready to make an even larger impact in our community. Nominate the companies who inspire you and we’ll make sure everyone knows to keep an eye on them and expect great things.
Nominations closed on August 1, 2017


If you are interested in sponsoring the RVA Companies to Watch Event, check out the sponsor benefits and complete the sponsor application.

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Brought to you by:

  • Ernst & Young LLP
  • BDO
  • 7 Hills Advisors
  • Keiter
  • Activation Capital
  • Metro Productions
  • KPMG
  • Williams Mullen