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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.

The CBIC Awards honor Central Virginia's most innovative organizations, startups and individuals and highlight technology, innovation, and entrepreneurial excellence. A list of all the 2019 CBIC Award finalists is below. Award recipients will be announced live at the 2019 CBIC Awards Gala on Thursday, May 23, at the Paramount Theatre, where local businesses, government, and education leaders will mingle together in a newly formatted evening of entertainment and celebration.

CBIC Executive Director Tracey Greene, co-chair of the gala, explains the importance of the CBIC Awards to central Virginia, “For more than 20 years now, CBIC has celebrated, education, and advocated for our region’s businesses and innovative entrepreneurs. Charlottesville is now known for being a leader in the Commonwealth and beyond for business innovation, angel and venture capital investment, and high-wage job creation. 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.”

Tickets for the 2019 CBIC Awards Gala, including cocktail receptions, a roaming dinner featuring Innovators Row – a showcase of startups – and a celebratory ceremony, are available for purchase online from the cvilleinnovation.org/awards.

2019 CBIC Award Finalists

Entrepreneur of the Year

Business of the Year

Innovator of the Year   

Startup of the Year

Job Creator of the Year

Social Good Award

Educator of the Year

  • Anna Green - Western Albemarle High School
  • Chris Bunin - Albemarle High School
  • Sarah FitzHenry - St. Anne's-Belfield School

Student Entrepreneur of the Year

And the CBIC Volunteer of the Year, which is announced at the gala. For more information, please visit Awards Gala.