Startups

Startup seeks cure in fine swine

Using free-range pigs to make high quality Italian meats, a Mechanicsville start up seeks to take the food world by storm.

Your homework: Build a business, save a life

Two VCU graduates were part of a team of students that developed a prototype for a low-cost operating table designed for use in developing countries. Now they have formed a company, Operation Simple LLC, to continue development and testing of the product for future sale.

The food chain, revised

A Charlottesville startup wants grocery shopping to be a team sport, and the company has expanded here with a handful of partners already signed up.

A new kind of capital fund

There’s a new group of Virginia investors looking to invest as much as $250,000 at a time into growing businesses, and reasons it might succeed where others have failed include a social component and low-pressure requirements for members.

Startup sprouts from S&K ruins

Three former S&K Menswear employees are trying to take the S&K model and run it online. They’ve packed a 3,000-square-foot warehouse with men’s dress clothes and invested $150,000 in the startup.

Northside business rocks the world

To thousands of guitar aficionados, Richmond is known as the return address for one of the finest craftsmen in the world. That’s because Lindy Fralin has built a rabid following for his Richmond-made guitar pickups, magnetic and copper wire apparatuses that translates the vibration of metal (the strings) into sound and send it to the amplifier. Fralin’s story is a refreshing lesson for budding entrepreneurs — if you can be the best at whatever it is you enjoy, you can build a thriving business.