The capital of Virginia since 1780, Richmond is steeped in a history of innovation. Historically a major hub of manufacturing, Richmond today is known for its top universities, including Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Richmond, as well as a growing number of startups and major companies.
Richmond's "thinking of things" economy includes a wide array of new startup ventures, established corporations and not-for-profit organizations. The city’s entrepreneurs, engineers, medical technicians, and creatives make the city a world-class place for brand management, advertising and marketing, drawing global companies and innovation labs.
The Richmond stop of the Virginia Velocity Tour will highlight Richmond’s strengths in products, manufacturing, arts, and design. The day will showcase e-commerce and the products market that have contributed to Richmond's recent renaissance.
The day will begin with an invite-only breakfast featuring a panel on the theme of building Richmond's startup ecosystem.
Nutriati researches, develops, produces and commercializes plant-based food products. Cupron develops antimicrobial technology based on copper. Both are based in the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park
Lighthouse Labs is a Richmond business accelerator that offers grants and mentorship to new startup ventures.
Ledbury is a men's apparel company that specializes in luxury men's dress shirts, casual shirts and related accessories.
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe will keynote a fireside chat before a pitch competition where six finalists at the intersection of creativity and manufacturing will pitch for the chance to win $25,000. A reception with refreshments will follow. This event is open to the public.