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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DisruptHR/Charlottesville (benefiting Computers4Kids)

May 29, 2018, 5:00-8:00 p.m. | Live Arts 

DisruptHR/Charlottesville is a night of provocative five-minute talks by Charlottesville business and community leaders about the future of work and talent.
DisruptHR was founded on the belief that the work and talent practices of the past will not be sustainable in the future. DisruptHR is an information exchange intended to energize, inform, and empower business executives, community leaders, and others who recognize the importance of challenging our conventional thinking about talent and work.
DisruptHR will begin with an hour of networking during which drinks and light appetizers will be served. This will be followed by 10-15 five-minute talks on the future of work and talent. All proceeds will benefit Computers4Kids!
WHO SHOULD ATTEND THIS EVENT: Anyone who is interested in having an intelligent, thought-provoking, and engaging conversation about the future of work and talent should attend DisruptHR. The event will appeal most directly to business leaders, HR professionals, and community organizers.
COST: $15/ticket early bird rate until 5/15/18 and $20 after 5/15/18

FOR QUESTIONS: Our event home page is: 

Tech Nite Takeover: Cover Your Assets: Strategies to Thwart Cyber Security Threats


Are you doing enough to protect your business? Come learn at the next in CBIC’s Tech Night Takeover (TNT) series, which focuses on strategies to defend against cyber security threats. You'll hear from a panel of industry experts on current cybersecurity attacks and defenses and get answers to your questions on how to win the cyber security battle. 

This moderated fireside-chat styled panel consists of:

5:00 - 5:15 PM Check-in and grab a drink!

5:15 - 6:00 PM Panel Discussion

6:00 - 6:30 PM Breakout Groups 

6:30 - 7:30 PM After hours networking with snacks + drinks

LOCATION: Cville Machine is in the Michie Building -- directly across the street from the downtown police station and Market Street parking garage. Enter the courtyard, pass Tin Whistle Irish Pub, enter the building at the end of the courtyard through the door on the far left (in the corner).

PARKING: The Market Street Parking Garage is conveniently located across the street; however, validation is NOT provided at the event. The nearby Tin Whistle Irish Pub offers 2 hours of validation, so you might consider having drinks or dinner there afterwards.

For questions: Contact JUSTIN RITTER, CBIC Board Member, Co-general Counsel, and TNT Panel Organizer, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 

CBIC Business of the Year:

CBIC Educator of the Year:

CBIC Entrepreneur of the Year:

CBIC Innovator of the Year:

CBIC Startup of the Year:

CBIC Student Entrepreneur of the Year: 

CBIC Top Job Creator:

CBIC Volunteer of the Year:

CBIC Tech Tour Student Scholarships:

CBIC Social Good of the Year:

Learn more about The CBIC Awards Gala

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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GO Virginia Economic Development Plan Unveiling: Sept 13, 2017, 9AM

WHAT: Economic Growth & Diversification Plan The Virginia Initiative for Growth and Opportunity in Each Region (GOVirginia) is working to restore Virginia's position of economic leadership by growing and diversifying the state's economy. This summer,  GO Virginia Regional Council 9 has been hard at work overseeing the development of our region’s Growth  and Diversification Plan. Be one of the first to see this plan, which provides the framework for projects eligible for GO Virginia funding and is very important to the future of our shared regional economy.  Highlights include recommendations for talent development, growing existing business, site readiness, and innovation.

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Cville Open Data Bootcamp: September 22, 2017

Come join us for a hands-on workshop that will...

  • introduce attendees to the city’s new open data portal

  • connect data enthusiasts and citizens

  • give time to build/prototype visualizations and apps that could improve our community alongside experts.

Who should attend...

Technologists, thoughtful citizens, data scientists, programmers, journalists, YOU

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Cville Tech Community Gathers to Brainstorm on Collaborative Response: Aug 31, 8AM

You Are Invited to the Cville Tech Community's Peaceful & Collaborative Response:

In life, we are at times offered the opportunity to step outside the day-to-day and use our talents to make a real difference in our world. The devastating violence of August 12th has brought unprecedented national and international attention on our city. Phrases like "before Charlottesville" and "after Charlottesville" are now used in national media as shorthand to refer to that violence.

The question is, will these events be seen as a turning point or just another milestone on a long and tragic path?

We believe that the Charlottesville community has a unique opportunity to come together and lead by example. While the tech community is but a single part of the broader Cville community, we are also a highly capable and well-networked group of people — and our industry is built around quickly finding solutions to some of the world's most pressing problems.

This opportunity is both fleeting, and as big as we want to make it. If we are to make a significant impact, we must work together. That's why this Thursday, the tech community will get together in person (along with the leaders of other civic groups in Charlottesville) for three short hours, to see what is possible.

We'll innovate. We'll work from any ideas that folks already have. And we'll set the stage for collaboration.

We can't do this without you. Come ready to brainstorm, as this will be a highly engaging and participant-driven event. The power of bringing the tech community together is evident during events like Startup Weekend and the recent Civic Innovation Day — together, we are capable of great things.

We are Charlottesville. Together, we can begin to lead our city out of the events of two weeks ago into a brighter, stronger, and more equitable future.

Hope to see you on Thursday,
Co-Organizers Jessica Glendinning and Lucas Cioffi


This event is open to all members of the Cville tech community and any member of the Charlottesville community at large who is interested in brainstorming innovative & surprising solutions/responses to the events of August 12th.


The goal is to create space for people to propose ideas and collaborate around potential solutions in order to make an actual impact. (As currently envisioned, this event will be a mashup of formats — BeCamp, Civic Innovation Day, and Startup Weekend.)


Thursday, August 31st, 2017 8:30 am -11:30 am

8am for breakfast and mingling. We will start right on time to respect everyone's time. 


Studio IX 

CIT GAP Funds and Charlottesville Angel Network Invests in Advanced Aircraft Company

Source:  Center for Innovative Technology

Herndon, Virginia, Aug. 23, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced today that its CIT GAP Funds has invested in Advanced Aircraft Company (AAC), an aeronautical engineering and aircraft manufacturing company based in Hampton Roads, Virginia. The Charlottesville Angel Network also participated in this investment round alongside CIT.

The Advanced Aircraft Company specializes in vertical takeoff and landing unmanned aerial systems, that target both the commercial and military markets.  AAC was founded by William J. Fredericks in October 2015 as a technology spin off from the NASA Langley Research Center.  While employed at NASA, Fredericks performed the conceptual design and lead the development of NASA’s Greased Lightning UAV technology. This technology is unique in that it is a true “no compromises” vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft.  It achieves the aerodynamic efficiency of a conventional fixed wing airplane, while simultaneously achieving VTOL capability. AAC has developed a licensing agreement that allows the company to utilize the NASA technology in order to bring it to market.

In addition to the Greased Lightning, AAC has developed another cutting edge aircraft, which it will bring to market first, the Hercules unmanned aircraft system (UAS). The Hercules is a multi-rotor UAS powered by electricity generated by a 2-stroke gasoline engine and features number of aerodynamic improvements. The unique aircraft features a streamlined aerodynamic design, which features hybrid electric propulsion that allows for longer flight times, and rigorous safety procedures that can be employed if the combustion engine fails.  These technologies enable the Hercules UAS to fly multiple hours, while other battery powered multi-rotors are limited to 20 to 30 minutes of flight time. 

Read full article at Globe Newswire

Albemarle County Economic Development Director Characteristics Feedback

Dear Community Members and Stakeholders, 

We are in the process of recruiting for the Economic Development Director of Albemarle County. Given the impact that this position has on the community, we want to offer an opportunity for many stakeholders to provide input on the qualifications and characteristics they think are most important for this position. This input will play an important role in helping to determine expectations as we move forward in the hiring process. We’ll use this input to shape our community profile/job posting and interview questions. 

Feedback Opportunities


If you are interested in adding your voice to this process, please visit  to complete the survey by September 8, 2017

Focus Group Sessions

If you would like a face-to-face opportunity to provide feedback and have in-depth conversation with other stakeholders, we will be hosting two focus groups.   Both sessions will take place at the County Office Building, 401 McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA (COB-McIntire) as follows:

Thursday, August 31, 8:00am – 9:00am, COB-McIntire Room 241

Wednesday, September 6, 4:00pm – 5:00pm, COB-McIntire Room 241

You do not need to sign up in advance.  


Thank you for your feedback in this important process,


Kimberly Shigeoka

Human Resource Generalist

Local Government

Albemarle County, VA

Ph: 434-296-5827 x5862


Mission Secure Completes Fourth Successful Financing

We are pleased to announce overwhelming investor support for another successful financing completed this month. Several early stage venture funds participated in the financing, in addition to high net worth, successful business leaders from across the U.S.

Our Story and the Financing
Mission Secure's largest financing to date will further our journey to protect control systems from cyber attacks in defense, oil & gas, power and transportation. The original concepts began in 2010 borne out of requests from the U.S. Department of Defense to identify cyber attacks on weapons systems and weapons platforms and still be able to carry out the mission - cyber resiliency. The University of Virginia began researching the topic leading to early prototypes for autonomous vehicles and various military applications. Successful entrepreneurs with proven track records taking novel technology and commercializing it for homeland security, public safety and clean energy co-founded Mission Secure in the summer of 2014 with the original UVA research team.

Full story can be found at Charlottesville Tomorrow here


Join us for beCamp 
September 15th & 16th, 2017 at 
OpenSource Connections
608 Preston Avenue, Suite 300
Charlottesville, VA. 

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