• 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

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  • 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. 

    Read full article at Globe Newswire

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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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  • 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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  • 1 Congratulations to the 2018 CBIC Award Winners
  • 2 U.Va. Tapped To Lead $27.5 Million Effort to Reinvent Computing
  • 3 A New Year's Message
  • 4 CIT GAP Funds and Charlottesville Angel Network Invests in Advanced Aircraft Company
  • 5 AgroSpheres announces close of oversubscribed $750,000 seed round
  • 6 Kim Wilkens RE: Technology's Bro Culture
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    Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Venue: Three Notch’d (at IX Bldg)

    Co-hosted with Charlottesville Women in Tech

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    Tuesday, July 10, 2018, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Venue: Firefly

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    Venue: Random Row

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    Venue: Residence Inn by Marriott

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In a digitally connected world, so much meaningful business is still conducted face to face. Business cards are a fundamental piece of marketing. After that first handshake, the trading of business cards is a time-honored tradition.

Standards

The basic info to include is your company name/logo, personal name, phone(s), title, email address and website. The size and content are well-known to the point that the average person will notice when something is different or missing. You can use this to your advantage.

Impressions

From the aesthetic perspective, business cards are a tiny canvas that can make a big impression. I tend to put minimal information on a card (does anyone really need to fax you from your card?), and use the back side of the card as a billboard for a positioning statement to make sure the recipient knows what the business stands for.

Anti-Standards

You can get a lot of mileage out of small changes to the usual standard. Most business cards are on thin, white paper. Your biz card can stand out with a strong color palette, a different kind of paper (thicker, glossier, rounded corners, etc.), and also by design techniques. In most cases, you’ll want the card to match any other branding you have. Consistency of color, font, spacing, margins, etc all subtly help the recipient to see your company as polished and on top of its game.

Production

All local printers can produce business cards for you. There are some national ones that can produce them as well, but there can be a tradeoff in quality and specifications. If you want a small run of cards, say under 100, printing on a digital press (think overgrown Xerox machine) is a quick and cost-effective method. If you’re ready for a full print run – usually 500 or more – then offset printing is a better cost per piece, gives you more options for paper finishes and has better color matching.

Gathering Info

If you’re working with a designer or trying to design a card on your own, first gather all of the pieces that you need to include. Make sure you have a good, clean version of your logo that is suitable for printing. Generally logos on websites are too low-resolution to reproduce well in print. Decide if you can get away with one phone number, like just your cell or office phone. If you have a tagline for the company, that typically makes a stronger impression than a bullet list of services. You can always give people more details, but you can’t give them a first impression.

Getting Started

Assembling the design is more art than science. As long as the information is on there and legible, it’s fair game. Search the web for examples of other business cards that have been done already and see what you like about them. With that information, you’re ready to make your card rock.

If you’re on a tight budget, you may not want to read this. Don’t let the size of the medium fool you. The amount of work to make a really good, unique card is on par with a poster. If you want a really good card, expect to have a designer spend 3+ hours coming up with creative solutions for a first draft. It may seem high on a per-square-inch basis, but the work to develop a hot design is no less because of the size.

The business card is a great medium for making a first impression, serves very well as an inexpensive leave behind and has a very long shelf-life. If you’re planning to be in business for a while, it pays to invest a bit and think more of the amortized cost over the years than the upfront cost.

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David Robinson
Author: David RobinsonWebsite: http://www.birchstudio.com
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