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Local Accelerator Looks to Retain Local Talent

Lawrence Levine pulled in large outside investments in SecurePipe, the information security firm he founded in Charlottesville in 1996, the financial windfall came with a price. Levine, now a member of the Charlottesville Angel Network investment group, spent the next few years bouncing around the country, as new investments had him heading to new towns. After the 2015 sale of SecurePipe, now called Trustwave, to Singapore Telephone, Levine has returned to Charlottesville and wants to give local companies reasons to stay in town. A serial entrepreneur, Levine last year founded Cville Machine, a startup accelerator on Market Street that eventually will include a fund to get new companies through their Series A investment round.

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Becoming Digital Citizens: what we can do with open data

Charlottesville Women in Tech recently held an event featuring a discussion on open data and the possibilities it offers for all of us to become more involved in our local government: more aware, more informed, and more engaged. The panelists were Kristin Szakos, Charlottesville City councilor, Lucas Ames, founder of Smart Cville, and Lucas Cioffi, senior software developer at Locus Health and founder of the Civic Tech Code School. This summary pulls together the contributions of all panelists and links to the presentation videos.

Data Analytics When Patients Don’t Trust Data

Now, as we proceed into the era of “big data” healthcare, a recent survey reveals that more than half of Americans are skeptical about patient portals, mobile apps, and EHRs, while nearly everybody is worried about health data security and primary care physicians’ ability to interpret test information.   The result is incomplete medical histories and patient distrust of both the data-gathering platforms and their doctors. FULL STORY

Darden Private Equity Conference: April 6-7, 2017

The Darden Private Equity Club and its Board of Advisors are excited to announce that registration is live for the 2017 Darden Private Equity Conference, which will take place at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia on April 6-7, 2017. Confirmed speakers include the following:

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Live and Local Spring 2017 Events to Inspire Youth in Tech

  • March 11 - Girls' Geek Day at Cale Elementary School. GGD is all about sparking elementary school girls interest in technology and computing by providing a fun, collaborative, hands-on environment to learn new tech skills and helping them connect to other STEM programs in the community. Registration required.
  • March 17 (new date) - Hidden Figures featured at PVCC Free Movie Night starting at 7:30pm. "Hidden Figures" recounts the story of three brilliant African-American women at NASA -- Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson -- who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. More info.
  • March 18 - Engineering Open House at UVA is an opportunity for visitors to meet faculty and staff, interact with current students, take tours of state-of-the-art facilities, and attend interesting exhibits, presentations and demonstrations. The event is free and open to the public, and high school students are encouraged to register.
  • March 18 - Coding Decoded: Tinker with Code, 2pm at Central Library. Learn basic coding concepts using Ozobots, Scratch & More. No experience necessary. For grades 4-8. Registration required & begins Feb 18 (434-979-7151x3 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
  • April 13 - TomTom Youth Summit. This student planned and student led Summit is open and free to K-12 students. It will include engaging speakers, hands-on workshops, student showcases, student business pitches and a student community innovation challenge. Registration required.
  • April 14 - TomTom Founder’s Summit will feature Anne-Marie Slaughter, author of Unfinished Business: Women, Men, Work, Family and Laura Weidman Powers, Co-founder and CEO of CODE2040. During Women’s History month, women can use the 50% discount code (FSWOMEN) during registration.
  • April 15 -- She Started It Screening & Panel Discussion starting at 10:30am. She Started It is a feature length documentary film on women tech entrepreneurs, that aims to highlight successful role models for young women. It is the first film to show the behind the scenes of running a tech start-up as a young woman. This event is free and open to the public, but please reserve your ticket.
  • April 21 - 2017 Women in STEM Conference is an opportunity for girls in middle school to connect with local women in the science and engineering fields. More info & RSVP to Heather Aquith (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
  • April 23 - Ladies in the Lab at UVA. Mark your calendars now, so you don’t miss this awesome afternoon of all things Science, Technology, Engineering and Math hosted by female engineers from UVA. More details coming soon.
  • April 29 - Girls' Geek Day at Crozet Elementary School. Registration required.
  • May 15 (deadline) - The 4th annual Bio-Med Tech-Girls will take place the week of August 7. This experience provides an opportunity for high school students to get a hands-on, behind-the-scenes peek at biomedical research happening right now at UVA. Apply now.

For a current or updated list of events, visit the Tech Girls Website

2017 Tom Tom Founders Festival: April 10-16

SIXTH ANNUAL FOUNDERS FESTIVAL: APRIL 10–16, 2017

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For one week over Founder’s Day (April 13), the city of Charlottesville is re-imagined as a creative canvas for innovators, visionaries and artists. With over 60 bands, 200 speakers and 400 community organizations, the Festival spills through outdoor spaces, theaters, galleries, concert halls and more. Through a diversity of disciplines and engagement with forward thinking makers and doers, we build on the rich history of the city while chart a new path into the future.

THE FOUNDERS SUMMIT: April 13-15

More than fifty inspiring innovators over three transformative days.

CBIC is a proud sponsor of the Founders Summit. For $15 off tickets, use CBIC's Discount Code: FSORGS  ​

8th Annual Darden E-Conference: Ideation. Execution. Persistence.

Friday, February 17th, 8:00 am - 2:00 pm at The Rotunda at the University of Virginia

Come and engage with entrepreneurs, designers, investors and aspiring creators like yourself. Whether you are building a business now or just want to learn something new, this is the conference for you. This year’s keynote speaker is W.L. Lyons Brown (Darden MBA '87), Founder and CEO of Altamar Brands.

Other speakers include Claire Mitchell and Sara Yeatman Currier (Co-Founders of TreadHAPPY); Cristof Meyer (Senior Director Strategy & Innovation at Egg Strategy); Brett Brohl (Director Startup Next Food and Tech at Techstars); Jim Cheng (Co-Founding Partner at CAV Angels); Christian Duffus (Co-Founder at LEAF College Savings); and Joel Selzer (CEO and Co-Founder at ArcheMedX).

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2017 CBIC Awards Gala Accepting Nominations Through Feb 28

Charlottesville, VA, January 31, 2017– The Charlottesville Business Innovation Council (CBIC) is pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 CBIC Awards, CBIC’s signature event honoring Central Virginia's most innovative organizations, startups and individuals and highlighting technology, innovation, and entrepreneurial excellence. 

The 2017 CBIC Awards Gala, the largest and only one of its kind recognizing the region’s most successful startups and innovators, will be held at The Boar's Head on Thursday, May 18. 

Nominations for the 19th Annual CBIC Awards are now open at cvilleinnovation.org/awards.

"Charlottesville has all the ingredients to be a national leader in business innovation, venture capital investment, and high-wage job creation," said Tracey Greene, CBIC Executive Director and co-chair of the 2017 CBIC Awards Gala. "CBIC members, sponsors and partners work year-round to nurture an atmosphere of innovation celebrated by the CBIC Awards and now a brand for our region and to ensure Charlottesville remains a leader in tech, innovation and startups."

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