Startup wins $10,000 in seed money

Posted at 9:28 AM, Apr 17, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-17 09:29:59-04

By Lena Price

RICHMOND, Va. ( – A restaurant review service that wants to take on Yelp got a $10,000 boost Tuesday.

Speakeasy won the grand prize of $10,000 in seed money at the Greater Richmond Chamber’s second annual i.e.* Start-Up Competition. The app, currently in beta testing, lets customers give instant feedback to restaurant owners.

“We’ve worked every job in the restaurant business, and we know what it takes to be successful in this industry,” said Rob Forrest, one of Speakeasy’s four co-founders. “Speakeasy is a simple but powerful tool that provides personal conversation, private feedback and public recognition.”

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