2023 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. SVT Robotics

SVT Robotics

Founded: 2018

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“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.”

2. Magazine Jukebox

Magazine Jukebox

Founded: 2020

“Magazine Jukebox is a Digital Magazine Distribution Company that protects publishers and consumers. Their innovative technology allows guests to scan a unique QR Code (no app to download, or form to fill out) and—voila! They get location-based access to a wide range of magazines using the free digital magazine rack.”

3. myBalbo


Founded: 2020

“A community building social app for the next generation of voters that fosters civic engagement, encourages empowering discussions, and provides political accountability for elected officials and those seeking to run for office.”

4. Sqwire


Founded: 2019

Also honored in: 2022 Best Tech Startups in Norfolk

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

5. Frontline Gig

Frontline Gig

Founded: 2021

“Frontline is powering a new on-demand workforce for green jobs. We make it easy for cities and developers to deploy freelance workers who are available for as little as two hours at a time. With on-demand scheduling and short lead times, gig teams clean, inspect and maintain green spaces outside of normally scheduled shifts and routes, enabling cities to keep these spaces consistently clean and maintained throughout the day.

Roughly 20% of our gig workers want to pursue green careers, engaging beyond gigs for quick cash. We serve as an on-ramp to connect more youth and the underemployed to these green careers, facilitating increased economic security and mobility.

Our mission is to give every organization the ability to use local talent to create a greener world. Longer term, our vision is to become the operating system for managing green spaces and delivering opportunities to the communities they support/”