• A Startup Kind of Town

    From the Daily Progress Business Hall of Fame, Tracey Greene is featured in an article describing the past, present, and future of startups in Charlottesville.

    Among the many great parts of this article: "In 2017, securities filings showed area companies pulled in more than $39 million in venture funding in the first half of the year, according to Daily Progress news partner Charlottesville Tomorrow. And in the first quarter of this year, Virginia had the 12th-most venture capital activity in the nation, according to NVCA."

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  • Congratulations to the 2018 CBIC Award Winners

    CBIC would like to extend a very special thank you to everyone who attended the 20th Annual CBIC Awards. We want to thank Matthew Shields, for his inspirational keynote, and Jake Zarnegar for his entertaining facilitation. And not to be outdone, a very special 
    CONGRATULATIONS
    TO THE 2018 CBIC AWARD WINNERS

    CBIC Business of the Year:
    MIKRO SYSTEMS

    CBIC Educator of the Year:
    CHRIS STANEK

    CBIC Entrepreneur of the Year:
    CHARLIE ROGERS

    CBIC Innovator of the Year:
    OESH SHOES

    CBIC Startup of the Year:
    METIS MACHINE

    CBIC Student Entrepreneur of the Year: 
    ASHWINRAJ KARTHIKEYAN

    CBIC Top Job Creator:
    APEX CLEAN ENERGY

    CBIC Volunteer of the Year:
    HEIDI TOMBS

    CBIC Tech Tour Student Scholarships:
    SOPHIE CONDRON
    CHLOE HELLERMAN


    CBIC Social Good of the Year:
    TECH DYNAMISM


    Learn more about The CBIC Awards Gala

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  • U.Va. Tapped To Lead $27.5 Million Effort to Reinvent Computing

    The University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science has been selected to establish a $27.5 million national center to remove a bottleneck built into computer systems 70 years ago that is increasingly hindering technological advances today.

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  • A New Year's Message

    Charlottesville's Tech and Entrepreneurial Scene Over The Past 20 Years...

    CBIC just celebrated its 20th year. Let's take a look at what's been happening in the Charlottesville entrepreneurial scene since then. To start, numerous startup companies have launched, many have successfully raised critical seed and follow-on funding, some have been acquired, and most are on their way to great success. 

    In 2016, the National Venture Capital Association ranked Charlottesville #1 in Venture Capital Funding Growth. It reported that between 2010 and 2015, venture funding in Charlottesville jumped from $250,000 to $27.7 million invested in local companies.

    In newer news, critical early-stage funding also increased for local startups. The Charlottesville Angel Network, established in 2015, now has a portfolio of 28 companies with 60% being local. Through CAN alone, 8 new deals closed representing $1.4MM in 2017, and, CAN has invested nearly $4.3MM total. 

    Established companies have also flourished providing jobs, recruiting talent to our region, and spreading economic diversity. But it's not just about the companies already here. Our region has grown in its attractiveness too. It boasts better startup and high-tech business infrastructure, including high-speed Internet options previously not available, more affordable wet lab space, and accessible collaborative and co-working spaces. 

    Our University and non-profits offer stellar entrepreneurial and other training and professional development, which facilitates better access to angel investment capital, tech talent, trained interns, and mentors. 

    Read about how Charlottesville is emerging as a mini-tech powerhouse here, and check out why entrepreneurs continue to choose Charlottesville as their home here

    Further, the community has rallied around consistent, recurring meet-ups and networking opportunities such as CBIC Tech on Taps, our co-hosted Charlottesville Entrepreneurs and Espresso events, Cville Women in Tech gatherings, and so much more. Want to learn about our region's myriad resources? Click here.

    Our community has pulled together to improve our collective ecosystem. Our best and brightest consistently speak out regarding crucial issues, including our faults. We use various CBIC Tech Night Takeover events sponsored by S&P Global and collaborative Tom Tom Festival happenings as platforms for voicing our concerns, disseminating crucial information to elected officials, and sharing ideas.

    It's working. How? You. That's how. And people like you:  

    • CBIC members breathe life into the innovations that fuel tomorrow.
    • Sponsors contribute to events that make this town one of the best in the country. 
    • Collaborators, partners, and volunteers perform crucial tasks and carry the water. 
    • Leaders sculpt our landscape and cultivate our next generation of innovators.

    For this, we applaud and thank you.

    As we ring in this new year, CBIC is alight with the excitement of things to come. Take a look around at your colleagues, mentors, and friends, and recognize how important our actions are in shaping the world around us. Realize that it is our sense of community, rather than any one particular focus, that makes us who we are. Let's stand together and celebrate the inclusivity, diversity, and strength that make Charlottesville so great.

    Thank you, all, for your contributions and may this be our best year yet!

    Tracey

    Tracey Greene, CBIC Executive Director

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    AgroSpheres has made significant breakthroughs in the effective and precise delivery of high-value biomolecules and chemicals to a wide range of intended targets. Using next-generation bioengineering and industrial fermentation allow AgroSpheres to out scale competitors at a lower cost.
     
    The platform’s focal point is a nanoscale bioparticle created from environmentally friendly microbes that can be functionalized by immobilizing and/or encapsulating active ingredients. Although the applicability of the platform is extremely versatile, the company is focused on developing their technology to innovate the fields of agriculture and industrial enzymes.
     
     “We are excited to be developing our technology for precision agriculture applications - we want to help farmers maximize their yields while minimizing their exposure to dangerous chemicals and the off-target exposure of agrochemicals to the environment,” said Payam Pourtaheri, Co-Founder.
     
    Ameer Shakeel, Co-Founder, said, “It is opportune timing for us to be making a cost-effective delivery vehicle for enzymes. We see growing value in using industrial enzymes as environmentally friendly, efficient alternatives to synthetic chemicals in various manufacturing industries.”
     
    Prior to this round of funding, the company was funded by $174,000 from grants and awards from competitions, most notably Thought for Food, The Collegiate Inventor’s Competition, VentureWell, and the Virginia Wine Board.  The company continues to receive strong support from the Charlottesville community and the University of Virginia, including the iLab incubator program.
     
    “The founders of AgroSpheres have created a groundbreaking nano-delivery technology by working across disciplines and leveraging multiple departments at the University of Virginia. The AgroSpheres Interdisciplinary Model has set a new standard for translational research and development,” said Dr. Mark Kester, Co-Founder.

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  • Kim Wilkens RE: Technology's Bro Culture

    Kim Wilkens (aka TechKim) is passionate about transforming technology users into technology creators, collaborators & activists and proud to do this work with many collaborators and partners including Mozilla Network50, CS Educator @ St. Anne’s-Belfield School, Tech-Girls founder, Charlottesville Women in Tech outreach and CBIC Tech Tour chair. 

    Check out her podcast on technology's bro culture here!

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  • 2 Congratulations to the 2018 CBIC Award Winners
  • 3 U.Va. Tapped To Lead $27.5 Million Effort to Reinvent Computing
  • 4 A New Year's Message
  • 5 AgroSpheres announces close of oversubscribed $750,000 seed round
  • 6 Kim Wilkens RE: Technology's Bro Culture
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    Venue: Residence Inn by Marriott

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Posted November 2016

University of Virginia Licensing & Ventures Group Position Description

TITLE: Licensing /Business Development Professional

SUPERVISOR: Director, Licensing

I. POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Licensing Professional is charged with assisting the University of Virginia Licensing & Ventures Group (UVA LVG) in its mission to maximize the impact of UVA’s innovation assets via commercialization, while providing high levels of customer service, value-added business development, new venture creation, and a focus on driving quality transactions.

II. BACKGROUND

The University of Virginia is a comprehensive research university located in Charlottesville, Virginia. Home to 11 schools, UVA is consistently rated among the top public universities and a university “best values” in the United States. Further, UVA boasts 12,000 faculty and staff, a greater than $7.5 billion endowment, 20 members of the national academies, 2 research parks, and top ten ranked schools of business, commerce, and law. During the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2015, the University performed $285 MM in research expenditures (including $187 MM in federal expenditures) in 1.5 MM square feet of research, laboratory, and studio space.

UVA LVG is the intellectual property management and innovation commercialization organization for UVA’s research portfolio (www.lvg.virginia.edu ). Founded in 1977 as a 501(c)(3) UVA affiliated foundation, UVA LVG receives ~200 invention disclosures, executes ~80 commercial transactions, and launches 5-7 new companies each year. During the 2016 fiscal year, UVA LVG issued 67 patents in the US and abroad.

In 2014, the University set forth the following as one of its five pillars of “The Cornerstone Plan”:

“Strengthen the University’s capacity to advance knowledge and serve the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world through research, scholarship, creative arts and innovation.”

To achieve this objective, UVA has recently invested considerable resources to support innovation, commercialization, and entrepreneurship.

Each year, UVA deploys ~$2 million in translational research funding to advance promising discoveries and technologies closer to commercial/clinical endpoints. Each fund is managed by an interdisciplinary, advisory board of experts and provides project management support.

III. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Reporting to the Director, Licensing, the responsibilities are to:

Serve as a primary case manager and business development professional for a large portfolio of high-impact UVA inventions. These tasks include the following:

• Solicit new invention disclosures from UVA faculty, staff and students; • Perform technical, commercial and legal due diligence, including prior art searches, market analyses and commercial pre-marketing; • Develop and execute strategies to develop and protect the University’s intellectual property; • Structure, draft and negotiate complex, productive legal agreements, including, but not limited
to materials transfer agreements, tangible materials licenses, non-disclosure agreements, option/evaluation licenses, non-exclusive licenses, exclusive licenses, etc.; • Provide review and support on behalf of LVG for UVA sponsored research, materials transfer, confidentiality and strategic partnership agreements; • Manage high-profile and high-impact industry, translational research and/or foundation relationships; • Identify technologies/opportunities for commercialization from within the university that may support new venture creation and engineer strategies to develop such opportunities. • Proactively and vigorously market UVA technologies via new and existing networks of private sector relationships; • Assume leadership role in LVG initiatives; • Serve as the primary customer-service liaison to a large contingent of University departments, centers and programs; • Manage scientific and legal interns as designated by the Director, Licensing; • Actively participate in UVA local and regional events/activities promoting innovation, entrepreneurship and intellectual property awareness in the region (including those activities taking place after regular business hours); and • Perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Director and the Director, Licensing.

IV. QUALIFICATIONS:

 Required: o Bachelor’s degree in a science or engineering field; o Positive attitude; resourcefulness; o Strong oral and written communication skills; o Strong organizational abilities; o Ability to work independently.

 Strongly preferred:

o Two years, full-time, related work experience; o Master’s degree in Science or Engineering or a professional degree (MBA); o Knowledge of and experience with patent preparation/prosecution, contract negotiation, business development, and university technology commercialization; o Experience working in a university environment.

V. COMPENSATION

Salary is commensurate with experience.

The University of Virginia Licensing & Ventures Group is an equal-opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, handicap or any other classification protected by applicable law.

VI. TO APPLY

Qualified candidates are invited to apply for the position of Licensing Analyst by submitting a cover letter and resume/CV electronically to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please direct questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 434.924.7523.

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