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Tech Tour 2019 Press Release

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.

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CBIC Annual Meeting + Tech on Tap

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.

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Tech Nite Takeover: Exit Stage Left - Should I Stay or Should I Go?

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

Agenda:

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.

2019 CBIC Award Finalists Announced

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.

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Innovators Row to Showcase Local Entrepreneurs

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.

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Working Together to Strengthen Charlottesville's Economic Future

CBIC and the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce have long worked together to drive economic prosperity in the region. We aim to convene valuable conversations and foster collaboration among the many businesses, organizations and associations doing amazing things in our community. Watch the video to see how CBIC, UVA Health System, Cville BioHub, and Tom Tom Founders Festival describe the value of working alongside one another for a bright future in Charlottesville.

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CBIC Featured in C-BIZ

Tracey Greene

What’s the climate for entrepreneurs in Charlottesville, and how could it improve? Check out the latest article in C-BIZ to see what CBIC's Executive Director, Tracey Greene, and other local luminaries in Charlottesville's startup world think.

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

THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 5 - 7:30 PM | CVILLE MACHINE

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.

Tech Nite Takeover: Go Fund Yourself: How Crowdfunding Can Work in Charlottesville

SAVE THE DATE: TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, 5 - 8:00 PM | CVILLE MACHINE

The next in CBIC’s Tech Night Takeover (TNT) series focuses on crowdfunding for innovative, software/IT and/or bio-tech companies, whether a startup or existing company.  Stay tuned for more details.   

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

5:15 - 6:30 PM Panel Discussion

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 
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