Ride-sharing provider Lyft has partnered with local startups to launch Lyft Pitch, a challenge for its drivers who are also would-be entrepreneurs. Drivers in D.C., Maryland and Virginia can submit applications through October 21. Eight finalists will be selected to participate in a business bootcamp to prepare their final pitch. The winner will receive $15,000 and the runner-up will receive $10,000. Read more at DC.


The Top VC-Backed Companies Ranked

PitchBook has released a report detailing the most valuable venture-backed organizations in the country, state by state. Valued at $578 million, Fulton-based IronNet Cybersecurity tops the list for Maryland. In D.C., publisher Vox Media comes in at No. 1 with a worth of $1.1 billion. Valued at $465 million, Endgame beat out the competition in Virginia. Read more at American Innovation.



Tech Repair Company on Fast Growth Track

Fells Point-based Fixt closed its Series A round of funding with $6.5 million in new investments led by San Francisco-based Precursor Ventures. The four-year-old, on-demand technology repair company has seen 300 percent year-over-year revenue growth. Read more at the Baltimore Business Journal.



Femly Wins Betamore’s Beta City Competition

Betamore has named Upper Marlboro-based Femly the winner of its fourth annual Beta City competition. The feminine care products subscription service offers 100-percent cotton alternatives to traditional products and received a $25,000 grand prize to support expansion. Read more at Open Maryland.