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December 2021

To the founders that hustle every day and put everything on the line to change the world in your own way... Congratulations! Take a moment to look back and celebrate all of your wins in 2021.   

To those that support our amazing founders. Thank you! Keep giving generously, continue supporting our founders and help them find the path to success. 

On behalf of StartWheel and the Board of Directors, thank you for making 2021 a banner year! The stage is set to make 2022 our region's best year ever!!!

Thank you for your continued support,


Brinc Closes US$130M Funding, Led by Animoca Brands, to Launch Web 3.0-Focused Accelerators and Fuel Global Expansion
The new capital will fuel Brinc’s global platform expansion across new locations and verticals – allowing more investors and corporate partners to leverage funds, accelerators and bespoke-deal sourcing to access high-quality investment opportunities and emerging technologies in food, health, energy, climate and deep tech. Read more
Advanced Pharmaceutical Cluster Growth Project chosen as finalist in EDA’s Build Back Better Regional Challenge; the coalition will compete for up to $100 million to supercharge the economy of Central Virginia
The challenge is assisting communities nationwide in their efforts to build back better by accelerating the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and building local economies that will be resilient to future economic shocks. Read more
757 Based Fintech Startup, KleerCard Secures $50M for Corporate Card and Expense Management App
KleerCard, Inc, a Hampton Roads-based corporate card and expense management app has partnered with Thiele Capital Management to establish a $50M line of credit to continue expanding service for business clients across the United States. Read more
Lighthouse Labs Application Deadline is January 9th
Lighthouse Labs seeks to fill its next cohort with the next greatest startups. Read more
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Startup in need of capital? Apply for 757 Angels until January 12th.


Tuesday, December 21st

  • 10:30 - 11:30 am: IRS Business Series: Business Tax Credits [Register]

Thursday, December 23rd

Thursday, December 30th

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Fervent Four

#89: Allison Moore: "Edutainment" in the workplace

Allison Moore, is the founder of MoreLaughing "Edutainment". Allison uses comedy, inspiration, and humor to entertain, educate and encourage corporate clients. Hear how Allison touches on topics like employee engagement, diversity, and inclusion.

Watch live next Thursday (12/30) at 11:00 am on our website or YouTube page.  

#88: Luv Hankins: Entrepreneurship as a Lifestyle

Luv Hankins, founder of CLTRE. vegan joint joins the show to discuss her plant-based cafe, entrepreneurship as a lifestyle, and how she uses her business to build community.

Watch live this Thursday at 11:00 am on our website or YouTube page.  

#87: Ethan Halfide: Discovering your Customers

Ethan Halfhide, Founder at, joins the show to discuss his entrepreneurial journey & the power of curiosity, his new startup,, and THE key to product/market fit.

Watch our conversation on our website or YouTube page.  

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You can now support StartWheel with Amazon Smile click this link and ensure you select StartWheel as your non-profit charity to support.  

As the year continues upon its final descent, we'd be remiss if we didn't remind you that StartWheel is 501c3. If you are executing your charitable giving strategy, look no further than StartWheel.  


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