• U.Va. Tapped To Lead $27.5 Million Effort to Reinvent Computing

    The University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science has been selected to establish a $27.5 million national center to remove a bottleneck built into computer systems 70 years ago that is increasingly hindering technological advances today.

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  • A New Year's Message

    Charlottesville's Tech and Entrepreneurial Scene Over The Past 20 Years...

    CBIC just celebrated its 20th year. Let's take a look at what's been happening in the Charlottesville entrepreneurial scene since then. To start, numerous startup companies have launched, many have successfully raised critical seed and follow-on funding, some have been acquired, and most are on their way to great success. 

    In 2016, the National Venture Capital Association ranked Charlottesville #1 in Venture Capital Funding Growth. It reported that between 2010 and 2015, venture funding in Charlottesville jumped from $250,000 to $27.7 million invested in local companies.

    In newer news, critical early-stage funding also increased for local startups. The Charlottesville Angel Network, established in 2015, now has a portfolio of 28 companies with 60% being local. Through CAN alone, 8 new deals closed representing $1.4MM in 2017, and, CAN has invested nearly $4.3MM total. 

    Established companies have also flourished providing jobs, recruiting talent to our region, and spreading economic diversity. But it's not just about the companies already here. Our region has grown in its attractiveness too. It boasts better startup and high-tech business infrastructure, including high-speed Internet options previously not available, more affordable wet lab space, and accessible collaborative and co-working spaces. 

    Our University and non-profits offer stellar entrepreneurial and other training and professional development, which facilitates better access to angel investment capital, tech talent, trained interns, and mentors. 

    Read about how Charlottesville is emerging as a mini-tech powerhouse here, and check out why entrepreneurs continue to choose Charlottesville as their home here

    Further, the community has rallied around consistent, recurring meet-ups and networking opportunities such as CBIC Tech on Taps, our co-hosted Charlottesville Entrepreneurs and Espresso events, Cville Women in Tech gatherings, and so much more. Want to learn about our region's myriad resources? Click here.

    Our community has pulled together to improve our collective ecosystem. Our best and brightest consistently speak out regarding crucial issues, including our faults. We use various CBIC Tech Night Takeover events sponsored by S&P Global and collaborative Tom Tom Festival happenings as platforms for voicing our concerns, disseminating crucial information to elected officials, and sharing ideas.

    It's working. How? You. That's how. And people like you:  

    • CBIC members breathe life into the innovations that fuel tomorrow.
    • Sponsors contribute to events that make this town one of the best in the country. 
    • Collaborators, partners, and volunteers perform crucial tasks and carry the water. 
    • Leaders sculpt our landscape and cultivate our next generation of innovators.

    For this, we applaud and thank you.
    As we ring in this new year, CBIC is alight with the excitement of things to come. Take a look around at your colleagues, mentors, and friends, and recognize how important our actions are in shaping the world around us. Realize that it is our sense of community, rather than any one particular focus, that makes us who we are. Let's stand together and celebrate the inclusivity, diversity, and strength that make Charlottesville so great.

    Thank you, all, for your contributions and may this be our best year yet!

    Tracey

    Tracey Greene, CBIC Executive Director

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  • CIT GAP Funds and Charlottesville Angel Network Invests in Advanced Aircraft Company

    Source:  Center for Innovative Technology

    Herndon, Virginia, Aug. 23, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced today that its CIT GAP Funds has invested in Advanced Aircraft Company (AAC), an aeronautical engineering and aircraft manufacturing company based in Hampton Roads, Virginia. The Charlottesville Angel Network also participated in this investment round alongside CIT.

    The Advanced Aircraft Company specializes in vertical takeoff and landing unmanned aerial systems, that target both the commercial and military markets.  AAC was founded by William J. Fredericks in October 2015 as a technology spin off from the NASA Langley Research Center.  While employed at NASA, Fredericks performed the conceptual design and lead the development of NASA’s Greased Lightning UAV technology. This technology is unique in that it is a true “no compromises” vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft.  It achieves the aerodynamic efficiency of a conventional fixed wing airplane, while simultaneously achieving VTOL capability. AAC has developed a licensing agreement that allows the company to utilize the NASA technology in order to bring it to market.

    In addition to the Greased Lightning, AAC has developed another cutting edge aircraft, which it will bring to market first, the Hercules unmanned aircraft system (UAS). The Hercules is a multi-rotor UAS powered by electricity generated by a 2-stroke gasoline engine and features number of aerodynamic improvements. The unique aircraft features a streamlined aerodynamic design, which features hybrid electric propulsion that allows for longer flight times, and rigorous safety procedures that can be employed if the combustion engine fails.  These technologies enable the Hercules UAS to fly multiple hours, while other battery powered multi-rotors are limited to 20 to 30 minutes of flight time. 

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  • AgroSpheres announces close of oversubscribed $750,000 seed round

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia – AgroSpheres announces the successful close of an oversubscribed seed round of $750,000 from local and international angel investors. AgroSpheres is a biotechnology company developing novel nanotechnologies aiming to set a new standard for bio-based delivery of active ingredients. The funding will be used to broaden utility of the platform, build a strong intellectual property portfolio, and outfit the company’s facilities.
     
    AgroSpheres has made significant breakthroughs in the effective and precise delivery of high-value biomolecules and chemicals to a wide range of intended targets. Using next-generation bioengineering and industrial fermentation allow AgroSpheres to out scale competitors at a lower cost.
     
    The platform’s focal point is a nanoscale bioparticle created from environmentally friendly microbes that can be functionalized by immobilizing and/or encapsulating active ingredients. Although the applicability of the platform is extremely versatile, the company is focused on developing their technology to innovate the fields of agriculture and industrial enzymes.
     
     “We are excited to be developing our technology for precision agriculture applications - we want to help farmers maximize their yields while minimizing their exposure to dangerous chemicals and the off-target exposure of agrochemicals to the environment,” said Payam Pourtaheri, Co-Founder.
     
    Ameer Shakeel, Co-Founder, said, “It is opportune timing for us to be making a cost-effective delivery vehicle for enzymes. We see growing value in using industrial enzymes as environmentally friendly, efficient alternatives to synthetic chemicals in various manufacturing industries.”
     
    Prior to this round of funding, the company was funded by $174,000 from grants and awards from competitions, most notably Thought for Food, The Collegiate Inventor’s Competition, VentureWell, and the Virginia Wine Board.  The company continues to receive strong support from the Charlottesville community and the University of Virginia, including the iLab incubator program.
     
    “The founders of AgroSpheres have created a groundbreaking nano-delivery technology by working across disciplines and leveraging multiple departments at the University of Virginia. The AgroSpheres Interdisciplinary Model has set a new standard for translational research and development,” said Dr. Mark Kester, Co-Founder.

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  • Cavion Appoints Spyridon Papapetropoulos as Executive Vice-President, R & D and CMO

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.--()--Cavion, Inc., a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company, announced today that Dr. Spyridon "Spyros" Papapetropoulos has joined as Executive Vice President, Research and Development and Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Papapetropoulos will lead Cavion’s research and development organization to advance therapies based on the company’s T-type calcium channel (Cav3) platform.

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  • Biovista expands Project Prodigy collaborations in personalized medicine

    Biovista and Hewlett Packard Enterprise to collaborate on next generation AI and Big Data Analytics to advance real-world personalized medicine at community hospital settings.

    Biovista announced today that it is collaborating with HPE to advance Biovista's Project Prodigy Big Data AI healthcare platform applied in the personalized medicine vertical. Advances from the HPE-Biovista collaboration will be used initially within the context of Biovista's existing collaboration with Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center (SBL), a hospital and health care organization that is home to more than 300,000 provider office visits per year.

    ...read more at PR Newswire

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  • Kim Wilkens RE: Technology's Bro Culture

    Kim Wilkens (aka TechKim) is passionate about transforming technology users into technology creators, collaborators & activists and proud to do this work with many collaborators and partners including Mozilla Network50, CS Educator @ St. Anne’s-Belfield School, Tech-Girls founder, Charlottesville Women in Tech outreach and CBIC Tech Tour chair. 

    Check out her podcast on technology's bro culture here!

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  • City’s Open Data Portal Nears Launch

    July 2, 2017

    Tech-oriented and data-savvy folks soon will have the chance to dive deep into a new Charlottesville portal that will disclose public information about policing, property, traffic, parks, demographics and the environment.

    The launch of the city’s open data portal later this summer is part of an initiative that started last year to make the city government more transparent and encourage the growth of the city’s tech industry.

    “This is a really cool project,” Mayor Mike Signer said moments before the council unanimously adopted an official open data policy last month. “This will put us at the leading edge of governments doing this kind of thing.”

    Read Full Story From The Daily Progress

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  • MACH37 Cyber Accelerator Opens Applications for Fall 2017 Session

    Fall 2017 Cohort Session to Begin on September 5th

    July 11, 2017 (HERNDON, Va.) – The MACH37 Cyber Accelerator has officially announced it will begin accepting applications from information security product startups and security entrepreneurs for its Fall 2017 (F17) Cohort that begins on September 5th. The MACH37 program consists of an intense 90-day program in which the selected startups are coached in all aspects of creating a successful and sustainable business.

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  • New Cville Office Space

    First, he brought you Studio IX, and now he’s set his sights on another collaborative workspace, one for whom he dubs the town’s creative entrepreneurs.

    In the Downtown Mall’s historic Bradbury building—the former Bank of America space—James Barton prepares to open Vault Virginia, where he says commercial atmosphere will meet a residential one in a number of “warm, inviting, art-infused and culturally refined” office spaces.

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  • Charlottesville Open Bio Labs: Building a 3D Printer!

    They Are Building a 3D printer!

    Open Bio Labs is building a 3D printer! They will begin the construction this week at their Biomaker meeting and will be using their weekly meetups as an opportunity to first build the machine, and then later to teach how to program and print it. If working on/with their 3D printer interests you, check out their meetup group in the link below!
    Every Wednesday at 6:30 pm
     

    Open Bio Labs
    300 W. Main Street #101b
    Charlottesville, VA 22903

    Join our Meetup Group now!

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  • New CBIC Member, Astraea, Brings Machine Learning to Images of Earth

    Astraea, a software startup in Charlottesville, is ready to take on the world — specifically, the detailed images of it captured by satellites.

    “We are building a tool so people without Ph.D.s in data science can interrogate one of the biggest datasets ever,” said CEO Brendan Richardson. “They will use it in ways we would never think of on our own.”

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  • 1 U.Va. Tapped To Lead $27.5 Million Effort to Reinvent Computing
  • 2 A New Year's Message
  • 3 CIT GAP Funds and Charlottesville Angel Network Invests in Advanced Aircraft Company
  • 4 AgroSpheres announces close of oversubscribed $750,000 seed round
  • 5 Cavion Appoints Spyridon Papapetropoulos as Executive Vice-President, R & D and CMO
  • 6 Biovista expands Project Prodigy collaborations in personalized medicine
  • 7 Kim Wilkens RE: Technology's Bro Culture
  • 8 City’s Open Data Portal Nears Launch
  • 9 MACH37 Cyber Accelerator Opens Applications for Fall 2017 Session
  • 10 New Cville Office Space
  • 11 Charlottesville Open Bio Labs: Building a 3D Printer!
  • 12 New CBIC Member, Astraea, Brings Machine Learning to Images of Earth
  • Tech on Tap Banner Date

    Tech on Tap
    Tue, February 13, 2018, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Venue: Random Row Brewery

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    CBIC Awards

    The Charlottesville area is recognized for its exceptional high-tech community and entrepreneurial spirit. CBIC is proud to spotlight leadership in these areas annually through the highly anticipated CBIC Awards.
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    Tech Tour

    CBIC's annual Tech Tour is all about igniting local students' interest in technology-related careers and showing the variety of opportunities available in our community to pursue their passions.
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    This monthly event provides an opportunity for tech-minded people to network in a happy hour setting.
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Company - Innovative robotics and automation software company. - Proprietors of a general purpose software platform that we license and use to build robotics and automation applications for customers. - Particular expertise in automated/autonomous vehicles and transportation related automation applications. - Building a highly motivated professional engineering organization to deliver ground- breaking solutions and have a significant impact on the robotics industry. Job Description - Skilled and experienced Java software developer. - Knowledge of Java in general and Java Swing. - Knowledge of server-side Java software development. - Skilled and experienced object-oriented software professional. Specific Skills: Java Programming - Extensive knowledge, skill, and experience with programming in Java. - Knowledge of Java SE libraries. - Object-oriented Java programming skill. - Skill in reuse of, extension of, and refactoring of software. - Documentation and JavaDoc of code. - Debugging and performance profiling skills. - Multi-threaded programming. Java Swing Design and Programming - Skill and experience with creating nice looking Java Swing designs. - Experience with rapid creation of mock screens for receiving customer feedback and evolving the GUI design. - Experience with linking GUI front ends with back-end server processing software, including writing of server-side Java handling code. Object-Oriented Design and Programming - Know-how in extracting and deriving top-level and detailed tasks and designs from various forms of written and verbal communications. - Skill in creating object-oriented software designs with consideration for Java implementation. - Knowledge of and use of design patterns as well as hierarchical and layered software design. - Ability and interest in working with, using, and helping extend an underlying reusable software framework and extensions. - Translation of designs into Java software constructs. - Knowledge and skill in use of UML class and scenario/object diagramming and tools. - Knowledge and skill in use of Document Object Model (DOM) and Scaled Vector Graphics (SVG) objects. - Knowledge and skill in use of Java Swing, JFreeChart, and Apache Batik library APIs. Development Tools - Skill and experience with Java IDE tools, namely Eclipse. - Skill and experience with version control tools, namely SVN. - Skill and experience with Maven and Ant are ideal. - Remote debugging and performance profiling (e.g. JProfiler) ideal. - Unit and system test tools ideal. - Specific Development Task Examples - Development of GUIs for configuration of robot operations. - Development of GUIs for monitoring robot GPS positions on a map. - Development of GUIs for controlling robot behaviors and properties. - Development of reusable GUIs components and a framework for robot and automation application configuration, monitoring, and control. - Development of GUIs for analyzing robot generated performance data (graphs, charts, etc.). - Deploying and testing software on various target platforms (Linux, Windows, Mac). - Development of Java-based data collection and retrieval software. - Development of server-side, Web-based Java software. - Development of server to remote mobile client socket-based communications. - Development of file management software. Organizational Skills - Documenting GUI and software developer and user guide information. - Methodical and structured GUI and software design and implementation. - Documenting software development and use information. - Organized development approach. - Methodical and structured software design and implementation. To apply: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Crozet startup CounterFlow AI closes $2.7 million investment round

Feb 17, 2018

Crozet cybersecurity startup CounterFlow AI announced last week that it raised $2.7 million in seed funding from Osage University Partners, the Charlottesville Angel Network, and several individual investors. “We are looking to grow and stay in Crozet,”...

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Teachers, education researchers look towards future at Darden forum

Feb 07, 2018

At the second Future of Learning Forum, University of Virginia faculty and local schoolteachers spoke about the present shortcomings of public education, and shared ideas for changing the status quo. The forum, held Wednesday at the...

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CHS students awarded $10,000 for community service projects

Feb 02, 2018

Charlottesville High School students Jerry Harris and Jaquan Wood have long dreamed of organizing a pickup basketball tournament that would bring together a broad spectrum of Charlottesville residents. “We feel like the Charlottesville community is...

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St. Anne’s hackathon a crash course in tech, problem-solving

Jan 29, 2018

Last weekend, the third annual SPARK! Hackathon at St. Anne’s-Belfield School encouraged local high-schoolers to learn new technology skills and apply them to difficult societal problems.  Fifty-five students from St. Anne’s and other Central Virginia schools...

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Borrowed and Blue content, employees get new life

Jan 20, 2018

Charlottesville-based online wedding marketplace Borrowed and Blue closed suddenly in October. But the company's curated digital content has found a new home through a deal that also has brought some of its former employees into new...

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City-backed loan program for clean energy relaunches at local biotech firm

Jan 08, 2018

Indoor Biotechnologies has outfitted the Silk Mills building in downtown Charlottesville with ultra-precise climate control systems and freezers that can reach minus 80 degrees Celsius. “As you can imagine, that requires a lot of energy,” said...

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