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December 2021

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.  



Tuesday, December 14th

  • 10:30 am - 12:00 pm: Finance Series: Understanding SBA Loans [Register]
  • 12:00 - 1:00 pm: HRIC Tech Tuesday – Session 14: Health Literacy [Register]
  • 1:00 - 3:00 pm: Engage in Entrepreneurship: WBC Orientation & SBA Web Resource Training [Register]

Wednesday, December 15th

  • 9:00 - 10:00 am: 1 Million Cups [Register]
  • 5:00 - 6:00 pm: Lighthouse Labs Startup Accelerator Info Session [Register]

Thursday, December 16th

  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm: The Fervent Four Show [Register]
  • 2:00 - 3:00 pm: Innovation Series: WindSite Demo [Register]

Friday, December 17th

  • 9:00 - 10:30 am: Coffee with Virginia Venture Partners [Register]
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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
Nine new startup businesses grow within Norfolk’s 757 Accelerate
Launched in 2018, the Norfolk-based nonprofit accelerator program gives promising startups a boost through a mentor-driven model. To date, 757 Accelerate has 27 companies in its portfolio that have raised more than $48 million in private capital, created more than 240 jobs and generated more than $23 million in revenue. Read more
DroneUp inks deal with Walmart, acquires AirMap
DroneUp and Walmart will have the first multisite commercial drone delivery operations, or hubs, in northwest Arkansas, according to a news release from DroneUp. Read more
Lighthouse Labs Application Deadline is January 9th
Lighthouse Labs seeks to fill its next cohort with the next greatest startups. Read more
Female-owned software company based in Henrico sold to a Texas e-learning business
It took the three female founders of Henrico County-based Blue Ocean Brain three years to finalize and begin marketing their digital professional skills development technology. The business has grown ever since, now offering more than 1,000 courses to midsize and Fortune 500 companies across the world to provide as a training tool for their employees. Read more
757 Angels Recognized as Top Investor Group for 3rd Consecutive Year
For the third consecutive year, 757 Angels has been recognized by the Angel Captial Association as a top Angel Group in North America. Read more
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
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Fervent Four

#87: Ethan Halfide: Discovering your Customers

Ethan Halfide, founder of, joins the show to discuss his experiences working through adversity, what he prioritizes over profits, and how to validate a lean startup.

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

#86: Adam Alphin: The Future of the Corporate Card

Adam Alphin, CEO at KleerCard, joins the show to discuss his new fintech startup, KleerCard, lessons he has learned working in the startup world, and the importance of engaging/digesting long form conversations.

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

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