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  • Profile picture of Innova Drinks

    VIRAL Level(s): 3

  • Profile picture of French Slide: The Patio Door Reinvented

    French Slide™ is an affordable all-in-one patio door which slides both left and right, and due to our proprietary hinging technology, also opens out to provide homeowners with a sense of luxury at a low cost. We have developed a proprietary track system which focuses on ADA compliance and ease of access. French Slide™is reinventing the patio door and eliminating the need to choose between sliding or hinging. The original patio door, now known as the French or hinging patio door, provides the homeowner with a luxurious experience because of its ability to open up completely, but they don’t work everywhere, such as many coastal areas, due to space constraints and performance requirements. Sliding patio doors, introduced to the market much later, offer homeowners a space conserving, high performing and low-cost alternative, however; they lack the luxury French hinging doors bolster. French Slide combines the best features of both sliding and hinging patio doors while eliminating their cons, to create a truly all in one patio door perfect for any space and every place.

    Sector(s): Housing, Retail

    VIRAL Level(s): 5

  • Profile picture of Regulr

    Regulr is internet cookies for brick & mortar businesses.For decades now, e-commerce has enjoyed an unfair advantage over main street businesses simply by being able to remember each & every customer plus their preferences.Regulr is tipping the scales back to local business by powering a perfect memory behind every friendly face. It's a free mobile app & premium subscription business platform leveraging a combination of technologies to create a moment that's never been possible before. Regulr gives business staff the ability to identify repeat & returning customers by name as they walk in the door. Staff in real-time automatically gets the customer's preferences, likes & dislikes, & shopping history to help personalize their experience; enabling staff to greet customers by name, adding a personal touch. Regulr enables businesses to deliver an unparalleled level of customer service while empowering customers to control their experience & data. Shouldn't every customer feel like a regular?   **For an in-depth look at Regulr visit: www.regulr.io

    Sector(s): Information and Communication Technologies

    VIRAL Level(s): 4

  • Profile picture of TXT LLC

    TXT LLC is a technology company founded in march 2016 and officially launched october 2016 in Virginia. TXT LLC offers several services to the entire world. These services include a social network and messenger, txt and txt messenger, at www.txt.today. Another service offered is a video-streaming platform, vidyostreams, at www.vidyostreams. TXT LLC also offers a video-sharing platform, vidyoclips, at www.vidyoclips.com. TXT LLC is working on a shopping platform, SHOPtxt, as well.

    Sector(s): Other

    VIRAL Level(s): 5

  • Profile picture of ENGAGED

    ENGAGED enhances employee performance by limiting and prevetning unwanted cellphone use in the workplace or on the road.

    Sector(s): Other

    VIRAL Level(s): 3

  • Profile picture of Ario

    We help business visualize, connect and share data in the real world. Our applications increase productivity, connect data with equipment, decrease training time and capture knowledge. We developed a secure platform called Ario to scale augmented reality to waypoint, manage and associate data with spatial context. We have spent the last year piloting our applications with great success to defense contractors, our military and energy sectors. In 2018 we are expanding our platform to benefit the retail, construction and IoT markets. With billions of Internet of Things (IoT) devices coming online this year and tens of billions more coming online within the next three years, our platform will allow an easy and intuitive interface for your data.

    Sector(s): Energy, Information and Communication Technologies, Infrastructure/facilities development, Retail, Supply Chain Services, Technical Assistance/Consulting

    VIRAL Level(s): 5

  • Profile picture of CIT GAP Funds

    Sector(s): Education, Energy, Financial Services

    VIRAL Level(s): 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

  • Profile picture of Timbuktu Entertainment, LLC

    Thanks for looking us over.  Timbuktu is an indoor amusment park with multiple attractions (Laser Tag, Laser Maze, Video Arcade, Bumper Cars and more) offered on a pay-to-play basis in Portsmouth, VA.  We cater to teens and families, providing high energy, out of home recreational activities for the young and the young at heart.

    Sector(s): Education, Health, Retail, Tourism

    VIRAL Level(s): 4

VA4E matches investors with screened entrepreneurs who have hit key milestones and match the stage of company you are looking for. To gauge startup maturity we use the VIRAL (Venture Investment Readiness and Awareness Levels) framework. To establish their VIRAL level entrepreneurs complete a 10-15 minute diagnostic evaluating their progress against 72 milestones. 

Investors choose from a range of VIRAL levels they’re interested in. Get your VIRAL level to let us know what stage of startups you’re looking for.

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You begin investing at VIRAL Level: 

1: You back the jockey, not the horse

You back strong founding teams with a solid idea.

Where you can add the most value to entrepreneurs at this stage:

  • Lived experience with the problem: 

    Teams will often make assumptions about their target customer and their problem without actually having a deep understanding of the real issue the customer faces and whether their solution solves it. If there isn’t a strong member of the core team who deeply understands the customer, you should encourage that they bring such a member onto their team.

  • Customer, customer, customer :

    Make sure your team is spending all of their time with customers at the beginning. Encourage them to get out of the lab and get a minimum prototype in the hands of customers as quickly as possible to test whether they are even on the right track.

Common questions you should consider asking in due diligence:

  • How do we know that your team has the experience to solve the problem? 

    What experience have you had with this problem yourself – how do you know this is actually a problem, and who has this problem? What can you share about your experience with this market? How can you give us confidence that you know how the market operates?

  • What is the specific problem you’re solving–for your customer?  

    Too many ideas are a solution that’s looking for a problem to solve. Who is your customer? What is their problem? How does your solution solve their problem?  Let’s take, for example, Google. “We sell consumer data to advertisers. Advertisers have a problem, and it is that they don’t know how to reach the right audience online. We solve this problem through the world’s best search engine, which gives advertisers highly customized information.”

  • What’s your plan to get the idea in front of customers? 

    Get tactical about the next three, six, nine months. How many people will they talk to? When will the product or service be ready to sell? What do they know now? What do they not know and need to find out? What do they need to raise money to find out. And what will they spend it on?

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