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November 2021

We are grateful to you! Yes, you!!!

Thank you for supporting, grinding, hustling, funding, mentoring, and launching products and services in and around our community. 

Thank you for being a special part of the 
entrepreneurial community! 


SVT Robotics Announces Completion of a $25M Series A funding round

SVT Robotics made national headlines with the completion of their $25M Series A funding. This will likely be the biggest startup story in Hampton Roads in 2021. The round was led by Tiger Global Management, a venture firm with early-stage investments in companies such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Spotify, Coinbase, Stripe, Square, Instacart, and now SVT Robotics. Congratulations to A.K., Mike, and the entire SVT Robotics team!!!

Here are a few links to the various publications that reported on the story.      Read more
Walmart & DroneUp Announce First Multi-Site Drone Delivery Operation
Walmart is launching three full-time DroneUp airport "Hubs" for on-demand delivery operations. The first operation has already taken flight at a Walmart Neighborhood Market in Farmington, Arkansas. Read more
ivWatch Receives NIOSH Approval for blox Surgical N95 Respirators, Adding to the Short List of Domestic Medical-Use N95 Manufacturers and the Only Company to Produce in Virginia
ivWatch worked from the beginning to develop a pinnacle surgical N95 respirator made in the USA, with locally sourced materials and manufactured at the company’s domestic FDA registered facility. Read more
757 Startup Studios Growing to Serve 30 Founders
757 Startup Studios is proud to announce the arrival of its new cohort of 22 startup companies who will join 8 returning companies and move into its offices within Assembly on Monday, November 29th. Read more
CIT, The Center for Innovative Technology, Announces Rebrand
CIT will now be known as the Virginia Innovation Partnership Corporation (VIPC) and will function as the nonprofit operating arm of the Virginia Innovation Partnership Authority (VIPA). Read more
HRMC, ODU Announce Maritime Innovation Initiatives
The ODU Maritime Initiative will coordinate and grow the University’s maritime-related degree and certificate programs, talent development, entrepreneurship and research and innovation. Read more
Start Peninsula winners include photo studio, wedding e-commerce and real estate app
After four micro events and a final championship pitch competition, judges selected the winners of this year’s Start Peninsula entrepreneurial contest. Read more
Local Students Win 2nd in Philip E. And Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation Shore Hatchery Entrepreneurship Competition
A group of local college students who have formed Earth Systems Management, LLC, led by Joseph Betit of Pungoteague, won second place and $25,000 in the recent Philip E. and Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation Shore Hatchery entrepreneurship competition in Salisbury, MD. Read more
Nine Common Cash Flow Mistakes Every New Entrepreneur Should Avoid
One of the biggest challenges for new entrepreneurs across the board is learning how to manage their finances. Read more
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Wednesday, December 1st

  • 9:00 - 10:00am: 1 Million Cups [Register]

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  • 10:00 - 11:00 am: The Fervent Four Show [Register]

  • 2:00 - 3:00 pm: Creating with Canva: Design Like A Pro With No Experience [Register]
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Fervent Four

The Fervent Four Show has expanded! You can now listen to the Fervent Four Show on your favorite podcast platform. 

#84: Erin Bonilla: A Photo Studio For Your Pets

Erin Bonilla, Founder at Bonilla Pet Studio, joins the show to discuss her business: a photo studio for petslessons learned from scaling & expanding a business, and the importance of focusing on the positive as an entrepreneur.

Interested in learning more? Watch the full show as well as mini clips on our website or YouTube page.  

#83: Caitlin Iseler: Happiness at Work and Home

Caitlin Iseler, Founder & CEO at happyly, joins the show to discuss her journey to founding, happylywhat to consider before going all-in on a startup, and the parallel's between athletics & entrepreneurship.

Interested in learning more? Watch the full show as well as mini clips on our website or YouTube page.  

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