The CBIC Annual Meeting will take place on October 13th at 5pm. Members of CBIC are asked and encouraged to cast their online vote prior to the meeting via this online proxy form, regardless of whether or not they are attending the virtual meeting.

I, Adrian Felts, Chairman of the CBIC, call for the Annual Meeting of the organization to be held on Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 via a virtual online event. The Tech on Tap networking event will begin at 5:00 pm, with a short break for the Annual Meeting at 5:30. Tech on Tap will resume at the conclusion of the Annual Meeting. All members of the Council are encouraged to attend. 

Thank you to our event sponsor Residence Inn by Marriott Charlottesville Downtown and Ting Charlottesville

Vote for 2020-2021 CBIC Officers & Board Members!

This year, the following individuals have been nominated:


Chairman: Craig Honick, Metro Tribal

Vice Chairman: Lily Garcia Walton, Teamed

Treasurer: Matt Dean, Hantzmon Wiebel

Secretary and General Counsel: Rahul Keshap, Shuru Law

Incumbent Directors (2-year term, expires 2021):

Craig Honick, Metro Tribal

Jon Moriarty, Welld Health

Cameron Nelson, Omni Ventures

Hope McCutcheon, Cville Capital Partners

Justin Ritter, Ritter Law, PLLC

Heidi Tombs, Spire Collective

MJ Toms, University of Virginia, Batten Institute

George Turner, Ferendipidity

John Martin, JMPC

Rahul Keshap, Shuru Law

Incumbent Director (1-year term, expires 2021):

Adrian Felts, Signature Science, LLC (Chair Emeritus)

Renewing Directors (2-year term, expires 2022):

Jim Bain, Flying Dog Media

Kara Chandeysson, Ting

Stephanie Passman, Albemarle County Public Schools

Robert Stolle, Center for Innovative Technology

Lily Garcia Walton, Teamed

Kim Wilkens, Women in Tech

Slate of Proposed New Directors (2-year term, expires 2022):

Rob Archer, CSH Development

Matt Dean, Hantzmon Wiebel

David Deaton, Deaton Group

JT Newberry, Albemarle County Economic Development

Matt Shields, Charlottesville City Schools

Pop into this Tech on Tap and Annual Meeting to vote on these fine individuals.
Can't join us? CBIC members can cast their votes online here.

The Focused Ultrasound Foundation has announced  that former BlackRock executive Patrick Edelmann has joined the team as Managing Director. His responsibilities include: spearheading the Foundation’s initiatives with Emily White, MD, to facilitate commercialization of the technology; launching our Institutional Giving program with Ann Taylor to include family offices, corporate foundations, and community foundations; and leveraging our Veterinary Program on a path to widespread utilization for the treatment of companion animals.

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At CBIC, we are cheering you on and want your business to survive in order to thrive! CBIC has established a team of volunteer mentors, advisors, SMEs, consultants, investors, and business leaders willing to volunteer some of their time to help you navigate this challenging environment. 

If you need assistance with your business, or if you are offering some of your time to advise a business, entrepreneur, or startup in need, please complete this form to either describe your expertise being offered or describe the challenge(s) you are attempting to resolve, respectively. I will personally work to connect those in need with experts to brainstorm and problem solve.

CBIC launched a new social media platform, CBIC Connect. This website is for anyone who wants to assist our community through these challenging times.

Let's get crowdsourcing!

Following the success of CBIC’s Tech Night Takeover series, we are excited to announce our new educational offering in 2020
Each of the six (6) carefully curated FtF sessions will focus on unique aspects of founding a tech or innovation-based startup.

The 5th annual Spark Hackathon is coming February 1 & 2. This two-day event of learning and making is open to high school students.

Hackathon website

The 2019 CBIC Tech Tour, a local event to introduce area middle and high school students to the dynamic high technology world that exists in the Charlottesville/Albemarle County metro region, kicks off Tuesday, October 8 at PVCC’s Earl Dickinson Center.

CALLING ALL MEMBERS! CBIC Annual Meeting + Tech on Tap Sept. 10, 5:00 PM, Residence Inn Downtown.

I, Adrian Felts, Chairman of the CBIC, call for the Annual Meeting of the organization to be held on Tuesday, September 10th, 2019 at the Residence Inn by Marriott Downtown, in Charlottesville, Virginia.

CBIC Hosts its 21st Annual Awards Gala: 2019 Award Recipients Announced

The Paramount Theater, Charlottesville VA

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 

Two Decades of Advocacy, Celebration, and Education

As a founder, should you stay or should you go?  Should you exit; yes or no?  For many founders these types of questions are asked routinely, perhaps daily.  

In this CBIC Tech Night Takeover, a panel of subject-matter experts will share with you answers to these questions, as well as answer related questions, such as: Why, when and how should I exit?  Why would I not want to sell my company?  What should I be doing now to better prepare for an exit?  What common mistakes are made by founders at exit?  What is life like after an exit?  Can I build a company and exit again?  

Please join us if you want answers to any of the questions described above.

This moderated fire-side chat styled panel consists of:

Janet Miller: Founder and President/CEO of Marketing Mojo (she chose to stay)

Matthew Hantzmon: Founder and CEO of Hexagon Energy (with prior startups, he chose to go/exit)

Steve Keeler: Private Equity and Venture Capital Partner of McGuireWoods (as legal counsel, he helps founders and companies go/exit)

Jonathan Brabrand: Managing Director of Fahrenheit Advisors (as M&A consultant, he also helps founders and companies go/exit)

with Justin Ritter as the panel moderator


5:00 - 5:30 PM Check-in and grab a drink!

5:30 - 6:00 PM Introductions & Primer on Exit Types

6:00 - 7:00 PM Panel Discussion

7:00 - 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.  Most of the street parking around Cville Machine is two (2) hour public parking until 6 p.m.; this means if you park at these spots after 4 p.m. you will have free parking for the entire event.  

For questions: Contact JUSTIN RITTER at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Entrepreneurs, Businesses, and Educators Recognized for Leadership, Innovation

Charlottesville, VA, March 29, 2019 – The Charlottesville Business Innovation Council (CBIC) is pleased to release a list of finalists for the 21st Annual CBIC Awards Gala. Twenty-five local organizations and individuals are being recognized with nominations for nine coveted CBIC awards including CBIC Educator of the Year, which comes with a $2,500 technology grant and CBIC Student Entrepreneur of the Year, which comes with a $1,000 grant, and the CBIC Business of the Year, all of which are announced at the gala.

Innovators Row to Showcase Local Entrepreneurs at Awards Gala – Applications Due April 15  

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.