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Food Tech Connect

The food industry needs to step up their game when it comes to innovative new products. Many large food companies today rely heavily on marketing rather than research and development of new products to attract customers. However, this is becoming less effective as the average consumer is rapidly changing. Health Warrior, one of NRV's portfolio companies, is recognized as an innovative food company for its development of unique products, such as Chia Bars, which are one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet.

Business Wire

Envera Health makes advancement in mission to provide consumer-driven healthcare through collaboration with the life insurance industry. The collaboration will further expand Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) in the US while also making it easier for consumers to buy life insurance. This does not only benefit healthcare for consumers, but also their financial well-being.

NRV believes taking a hands-on approach to mentoring is essential to positioning early stage companies for success - our Portfolio Adviser program was created to offer start-ups real world industry expertise to help take them to the next level. In this article, longtime private equity CEO Don Gogel discusses how operating partners give firms a competitive advantage "because they love getting their hands around a business and coaching senior people," creating operational improvements in portfolio companies.

Nutritional science company Nutriati won this year's Chamber RVA Innovation Award, recognizing emerging companies between 2 and 5 years old that are demonstrating amazing growth, innovation and potential. Other finalists for this award include NRV's Maxx Potential, as well as local companies Iggbo and Tenant Turner.

Green Car Reports
"Evatran has previously said its Plugless wireless charging system will soon be compatible with 80 percent of the electric cars on North American roads by the end of 2017," suggesting that wireless charging is the perfect complement to automated parking. Evatran's system, as part of an agreement with 500 Walnut's luxury Philadelphia apartments, will complete the first residence where drivers can park and charge electric cars without any human intervention.

Scott Ukrop
"Led by Director of Investments, Laura Markley, and Director of Platform, Liz Doerr, NRV recently hosted "The Women in Private Investing" luncheon at The Steward School Bryan Innovation Lab in Richmond. The event celebrated women in private investing as well as the how’s and why’s angel, venture and private equity in the Commonwealth can be a smart, viable vehicle for wealth management and growth. "

Style Weekly
"Entrepreneurism seems to to be a favorite Richmond sport, with 10 more Richmond names on this year's Inc. 5000 list, ranking the fastest-growing companies." NRV Founder and Managing Director Jim Ukrop was recognized as an investor and businessman with an enormous impact on Richmond culture. Evatran's Co-Founder and CEO Rebecca Hough also received recognition for embodying the young, entrepreneurial energy that defines Richmond's personality.
"Governor Terry McAuliffe unveiled on July 16th his 2016-2017 chair's initiative, Meet the Threat: States Confront the Cyber Challenge, which places states at the center of finding solutions to the increasingly sophisticated cyber threats facing the nation. On Thursday 7/21, NRV hosted one of the first Cyber Roundtables, bringing together policy leaders, entrepreneurs, private sector experts, and federal partners from across the state to begin discussion state-driven solutions that can be replicated nationwide."

Richmond Times-Dispatch

Chief executive officers Shane Emmett and Peter Harrison, representing Richmond-area companies Health Warrior and Snagajob, have been announced as Mid-Atlantic region finalists for the 2016 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award.

Emmett founded Health Warrior — a Richmond-based manufacturer of snack bars made from chia seeds — in 2010 along with college friends Dan Gluck and Nick Morris.

PR Newswire

 Health Warrior, a natural food brand with top-selling Chia Bars and Superfood Protein Bars, today announces the launch of its Movement For Good Tour. Created to further the Health Warrior mission to inspire healthy diet and exercise habits, the brand has teamed up with national non-profit KaBOOM!, selected for its dedication to ensuring that all children have the balanced and active play they need to thrive. 

Beginning May 14, the Movement For Good Tour will visit supermarkets across Southern California including Whole Foods Markets, Vons, and Pavilions.