2022 Best Tech Startups in Norfolk

Powered by CrunchbaseThe Tech Tribune staff has compiled the very best tech startups in Norfolk, Virginia. In doing our research, we considered several factors including but not limited to:

  1. Revenue potential
  2. Leadership team
  3. Brand/product traction
  4. Competitive landscape

Additionally, all companies must be independent (unacquired), privately owned, at most 10 years old, and have received at least one round of funding in order to qualify.

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1. Trader Interactive

Trader Interactive

Founded: 2017

“Trader Interactive is the leading provider of online market places and digital marketing products serving the lifestyle vehicles and commercial equipment segments. Some of our brands include RV Trader, Cycle Trader, Commercial Truck Trader and Equipment Trader. Collectively, we reach a broad base of consumers with over 7 million monthly unique visitors through our online marketplaces, power thousands of dealer websites, and offer smart tools to assist dealers in more effectively running their businesses and serving their customers.

We are transforming the personal lifestyles and businesses of our customers by the use of an innovative AI powered Cloud platform that allows them to acquire the vehicles and equipment best suited to their needs. This big data platform is at the heart of our consumer marketplaces and the digital solutions for our dealer partners. It has been the enabler for the digital transformation of traditional segments such as RVs, Motorcycles, PowerSports and Commercial Equipment and is now helping transform these further by participating in the new sharing economy.”

2. SVT Robotics

SVT Robotics

Founded: 2018

Also honored in: 2021 Best Tech Startups in Norfolk

“Businesses and robots connect to our platform. We do the rest.

Launched in 2018 by co-founders A.K. Schultz and Michael Howes, SVT Robotics has a singular focus: to develop products that make rapid deployment of enterprise robot technology quick and easy.

Our SOFTBOT™Platform eliminates long development cycles and expensive, inflexible custom code. We’ve redefined and automated the integration process, enabling our clients to launch complex, multisystem deployments in weeks rather than months or years. Better yet, robotics already connected to our platform can be configured with drag-and-drop ease and deployed in just hours.”

3. Ario


Founded: 2016

Also honored in:

“Ario is a spatial communication platform. We help businesses visualize, connect and share data in the real world. Our applications increase productivity, connect data with equipment, decrease training time and capture knowledge. 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.”

4. Secret Chord Laboratories

Secret Chord Laboratories

Founded: 2018

Also honored in: 2021 Best Tech Startups in Virginia Beach

“We develop neuroscience-powered software to predict the response a piece of music will have in the brains of a targeted audience. Our mission is to create the next wave of music analytics based on human-centered predictive models, leveraging insights from the neuroscience of music perception in unprecedented ways. Our artificial intelligence software platform, dopr™, predicts how an audience will enjoy a song before it hits the market.”

5. Sqwire


Founded: 2019

“Our mission is to help low- to moderate-income families realize their financial promise by providing financial education that is hopeful, respectful, and fun!”