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November 2021

It's giving Tuesday! StartWheel is 501c3 and we can use your help.  

Did you know everything we do for the entrepreneurial community is made possible with sponsorships and donations? We have never charged a founder to promote their business or to leverage our services. Our goal is to always keep it that way.   

Thank you for your consideration and for being a supporter of our 
entrepreneurial community! 



Tuesday, November 30th

  • 10:30 am - 12:00 pm: Finance Series: How to Finance Your Business Venture [Register]
  • 12:30 - 1:30 pm: ODU Strome Entrepreneurial Center: Notable Nonprofits & B Corps with Chelsea Mandello [Register]

Wednesday, December 1st

  • 9:00 - 10:00 am: 1 Million Cups [Register]
  • 6:00 - 8:00 pm: 757StartupCommunity End of Year Celebration [Register]

Thursday, December 2nd

  • 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]
  • 2:00 - 3:00pm: Innovation Series: Windsite Demo [Register]

Friday, December 3rd

  • 9:00 - 10:30 am: Coffee with Virginia Venture Partners [Register]

Monday, December 6th

  • 9:00 - 10:00 am: Delivering a Premium "Shop Small" Experience During the Holiday Season [Register]
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Norfolk-based 757 Startup Studios is expanding with 22 new startups
757 Startup Studios is expanding as it attracts more startups to a downtown Norfolk innovation hub. Read more
Hampton Roads commissary kitchens open to fill needs for startup food vendors
The Mariano family created The Lab, a commercial kitchen where those starting out in the food truck or catering industry can work and grow their businesses. 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
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
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Fervent Four

#85: Rev Cory Newell: Love and Marriage

Reverend Cory Newell joins the show to discuss his business, the importance of storytelling, and how he became the number one wedding officiant in Virginia.

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

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

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What is StartWheel?

StartWheel is your online source of information that’s solely focused on the entrepreneurial activities that are taking place across Hampton Roads, Virginia, also known as #The757. 
  • Consolidates all of the news and information that you need to know to start and grow a business. StartWheel also shares the information our community wants and needs to hear in order to advance our region forward.  
  • Coordinates all of the entrepreneurial events that are taking place either online or in person. We’ve eliminated the need to check multiple calendars, we have everything listed in one place for your convenience. 
  • Celebrates all of the entrepreneurial successes that are taking place around the region. We amplify your success to a broader audience.  

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