Innovators Row to Showcase Startups at Awards Gala – Applications Due April 30  

The Charlottesville Business Innovation Council (CBIC) has issued a call to Central Virginia startups to participate in the annual CBIC Awards Gala. Now in its third year at the Gala, Innovators Row has become a popular feature where established tech community veterans can meet the young disruptors literally circling the entrance to the ceremony.

The 18th Annual CBIC Awards Gala will be held on Thursday, May 26. It will honor Central Virginia entrepreneurs, educators, and organizations that have contributed significantly to the region's innovation ecosystem. A video of last year's event is available here.

As many as 30 area tech-centric and innovation-based entrepreneurs and companies will have a chance to showcase their products and mingle with gala attendees.

Each participant selected for Innovators Row will be provided table space during the Gala's 90 minute pre-ceremony reception with opportunities to discuss their innovations with the assembled investors, entrepreneurs, educators, and business and civic leaders. About 400 technology and innovation movers and shakers are expected to attend this year's CBIC Awards Gala at the Boar's Head Inn.

Applications to be considered for participation in CBIC's Innovators Row are due by midnight April 30, 2016. There is no cost to apply. Participants selected are expected to pay $60 for exhibit space on Innovators Row and will need to purchase a gala ticket for each person who participates from their company. Gala tickets for qualifying startups and Innovators Row participants are available at below-cost pricing, thanks to the generosity of sponsors.

Selected companies will be notified on Monday, May 9, 2016, and promoted via CBIC's social media channels. Apply online here:

Rub Elbows With Inspiring Award Finalists

Business of the Year

 Educator of the Year

  • Betsy Agee, Crozet Elementary School
  • Eric Bredder, Monticello High School
  • Adam Mulcahy, Western Albemarle High School

Entrepreneur of the Year 

Innovator of the Year 

Social Good

Startup of the Year 

 Student Entrepreneur/Student Startup Venture of the Year 

Top Job Creator of the Year

The CBIC Awards Gala has sold out in previous years, according to CBIC executive director, Tracey Greene, interviewed on NewsRadio WINA. Advanced ticket sales indicate that this year will be no exception.

Greene, co-chair of the gala, explains the importance of the annual event to Central Virginia:

"This annual gathering seeks to inspire and inform as well as to further the creation of a community where we celebrate each other's accomplishments and recognize individual contributions to our innovation-based ecosystem. The gala also encourages attendees to develop relationships that create a fertile future for growth and expansion."

Tickets for the 2016 CBIC Awards Gala, including an expanded cocktail reception and celebratory champagne ceremony, are available for purchase at the regular rate until May 7, when fees increase to late rates. Tickets are available online from the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council.

Event FAQs:

Innovators Row: 5:15 – 6:45 p.m., Thursday, May 26, 2016, at the CBIC Awards Gala, Boar's Head Inn. Each exhibitor selected is required to have a representative at their table during the reception. Half of an exhibit table, electric power and WiFi will be available. Participating exhibitors must purchase tickets in advance following this link: Tickets to the gala are NOT available at the door. A cash bar is available. In the event of rain, the reception and exhibits will be moved indoors.

Attire: Cocktail and business dressy attire are appropriate.

ABOUT CBIC: Educate, Advocate and Celebrate

As the region's technology council, CBIC promotes innovation and entrepreneurship and supports growth and success among the Charlottesville region's technology-focused organizations. CBIC provides a forum for ideas and a collective voice on behalf of the technology sector. Through collaborative partnerships, educational resources and strategic relationships, CBIC enhances, publicizes, and champions technology initiatives that strengthen economic and social vitality in our area.

For more information, please visit our website at, follow us on Twitter at @CBICouncil and follow the 2016 CBIC Awards Gala at #CBICGala #CVilleTech.