January 27, 2016                                             

Seven Finalists to Compete for a Chance at $5,000 and a Year of Office Space

RICHMOND, Va.-  The Richmond SCORE Chapter, in partnership with the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park, today announced seven semifinalists in the SCOREcard business competition. 

Originally, there were only to be six semi-finalists, but seven were selected due to a tie. 

“Twenty-three contenders from all sorts of professional backgrounds and industries applied,” SCORE Richmond volunteer and spokesman Art Mattox, said. “So many impressive entries made for long deliberations among our panel of judges and is indicative of the diverse pool of talent we have in our city. We’re excited for the opportunity to help Richmond entrepreneurs take their innovation to the next level.”

The seven semifinalists will present to panel of judges at 5:00 PM on February 4 at the Richmond Times Dispatch. Three finalists will be selected at that time to go on to participate at the final competition, slated for February 25 at Virginia Biotechnology Research Park. 

The winning business will take home a $5,000 cash prize and one year of office space at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in downtown Richmond. Second and third place winners will be awarded $2,500 and $1,000, respectively. 

The 2016 semifinalists represent a wide array of industries, from pest control to finding a new roommate:

  • Boardgrab: a one-stop marketplace for used surfboards
  • Go Ninja: a family inclusive obstacle-course based gym
  • Ivy Oaks Analytics: provides advanced public health pest control of ticks and poison ivy
  • Lifelong Design: a marketplace for innovative home products for ages 65-plus
  • Magnaire, Inc.: a unique line of shaving products
  • Roommate Advisor: a listing and advisory service for those seeking roommates
  • Smart Web Squad: website solutions for the restaurant business

Click here for the full list of applicants.

SCORE Richmond has helped start 400 local businesses and created 204 new jobs within the last 12 months. To learn more about the SCOREcard competition or to find a mentor, visit www.richmond.score.org

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ABOUT RICHMOND SCORE: Richmond SCORE is a non-profit organization that provides free and confidential business mentoring tailored to meet the needs of small businesses. SCORE also conducts many helpful workshops for small businesses. SCORE volunteers are real-world professionals with time-tested knowledge who donate thousands of hours to help small businesses succeed. For more information, visit www.richmond.score.org.