RVA Startup Weekend Recap



What a weekend! 54 hours of brainstorming, building, researching, local food, fun and some of us did Yoga in the middle of it all! On Friday night we started with 38 pitches and on Sunday night we ended with 8.

All of our teams worked really hard building their start-ups and making the most out of our 15 mentors from within the Richmond community. Between exercises, mentoring sessions, countless sticky notes, who knows how many lines of code, online surveys and talking to people on the street, businesses were validated and pitches were built. In the end, there were four teams who took home prizes.

SimplixityGrand Prize: Simplixity

Simplixity is a system for replacing all of the paper forms you have to fill out at the doctor’s office. This app will allow you to load all of your information to it and send it to your various physicians without having to go in 30 minutes early to fill out paperwork. The Simplixity team didn’t just win prizes from us, one of our judges, Ting Xu, came armed with her checkbook that night. She wrote the team a $10,000 check!

Best in Show and Best MVP: Doctor’s Orders 10665373_595350763909783_8869917156112549243_n

Doctor’s Orders won two prizes Sunday night: Best in Show (Best Design) and Best MVP. Their app helps you remember all of your doctor’s orders through an easy to use interface that sends push notification reminders and keeps track of all of your to dos. Not only did this team come up with a great design, their pitch included demonstrations of what the app looked like as a patient and as a physician.


Most Community Impact: It Takes a Village

It Takes a Village gives parents a platform to help each other with childcare needs. The easy to use app allows you to send requests for things like pick-ups and babysitting out to your contacts and notifies you when someone can help out. Your contacts can also make requests of the community that allow you to help out as needed. It’s really no wonder why they won most community impact – it really does take a village to raise a child and get everything done!

Most Likely to Scale: Occupied

This app, who started as “While I Poo” won Most Likely to Scale but judge Todd Nuckols noted while announcing the win, there were also probably “Most Likely to Catch on Fire”.  Occupied is an app that keeps you… well… occupied in your moments of solitude with things like doodles, anonymous confessions and humorous content. The app originally started as “While I Poo” and after several different ideations became Occupied to cover ALL of you moments of solitude… not just while you’re in the John.


Other Pitches:

Branch, an urban tree planting concept that grows trees upside down to conserve water and save our sidewalks (and the people who have to walk on them) from roots.

Indigo, an Xbox app that uses Xbox Kinnect’s biometric technology to allow you to shop online while suggesting clothes that fit your body type.

Couresly, a college course discovery and review website that helps you choose courses based on peer reviews and other metrics.

It was a long weekend! While all 10 teams didn’t make it pitch night, everyone did a fantastic job!


The RVA Startup Weekend Teams Need Your Help

rvasw-logoOur teams are hard at work doing research to validate their ideas and build their start-ups! Can you give them a hand?

Take a few minutes to provide some customer feedback and be a part of the magic of RVA Startup Weekend!

Doctor’s Orders: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/QCBPMS5

Co-Garage: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/QWDYZHG

Coursely: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/14SGL-wB8Gz491sE4V2ivH2wP-2Hz6l0eswYc1cZjV8I/viewform

TruckIt: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1uVTYPJU4XD7v3YONnb8m0g5oEa4-1KaTgEApyXAJ5a8/viewform

Simplixity: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Q3WGF2N

While I Poo: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Q26SS9R

Rent-a-Restaurant: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1cD53WO-vrohP36DhZ47W1qKxKCkyb_5gAAUrjzNFXuc/viewform

Indigo: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Q5VS596

It Takes a Village: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/QPLHM9F

Don’t forget, Sunday night is Pitch Night! Come hear what the teams have built, do some networking, and have some dinner and drinks! Get your ticket today.

RVASW – This Is What It's All About

This post was submitted by Elliot Roth.


It’s that time of year again. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and Startup Weekend is here! Are you ready for a 54-hour non-stop business-building extravaganza? Are you ready for food, beer, friends, and creating the next Facebook meets pets meets dating site? Get your hoodies and socks/sandals combos ready, this weekend is going to be one of the fastest and most rewarding weekends of your life.

Whether you have an idea, or you’re searching for a soulmate to code with, RVA Startup Weekend takes any and all who have a passion for starting stuff. This year’s RVA Startup weekend will be held in the center of Virginia Commonwealth University’s campus, one of the epicenters for good ideas (and bad drunken follies) for the city. We’ll start the weekend off with a pitch night where you have a minute to convince the audience that your idea is going to be the next big thing. Next, we’ll split up into teams based on the ideas that rise to the top, and immediately dive into building.

You’ll be given the next two days to turn your ideas into reality. Don’t worry – you’ll be given plenty of help over the weekend from fabulous mentors across the community that have been deeply involved in the startup and business scene. You’ll also have access to some of the best reference resources available on the interwebz.

At the end of the weekend, exhausted and happy, you’ll get together one final time for a pitch night in which you can win some outstanding prizes to carry your business idea forward even more.

So sign up today for an incredible experience with outstanding people. It’s going to be an amazing and unforgettable weekend!

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If you are a designer or developer who wants to participate, click here to receive 50% off your ticket.

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What does your ticket to Startup Weekend get you? Three days of networking, learning and team mentoring, Three days of amazing local meals, three days of local craft beer, and lots of fun activities (including yoga). Startup Weekend is an incredible experience. Don’t miss out.

The RVA Startup Weekend Experience


As the organizing team for RVA Startup Weekend prepares for the big weekend in September, we thought we’d share some insights from a 2013 attendee (who is also currently on the organizing team this year).

If spending 56 hours over the course of a weekend working with complete strangers to build a start-up sounds crazy to you then you are not alone. It is crazy! But it’s a fun experience that will teach you so much more than you can read online. It’s hands on, fast paced and exciting.

Last year, Elliot had no idea what he was getting into. His initial pitch wasn’t picked, and the team he joined didn’t win but he sure did learn a lot. If you’re thinking about registering for Startup Weekend in September, read about Elliot’s experience and take notes on his advice!

Here are Elliot’s posts:

Convinced and ready to register? Get tickets here.

Also, be sure to RSVP for the Startup Weekend Pre-party happening August 27th. RSVP here.