• 2018 CBIC Award Finalists Announced

    Area Entrepreneurs, Businesses and Educators Recognized for Leadership, Innovation

    The Charlottesville Business Innovation Council (CBIC) is pleased to release a list of finalists for the 20th Annual CBIC Awards.

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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 2018 CBIC Award Finalists Announced
  • 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
  • DisruptHR/Charlottesville (benefiting Computers4Kids)

    DisruptHR/Charlottesville
    May 29, 2018, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
    Live Arts, 123 East Water Street, Charlottesville, VA 

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  • Tech on Tap Banner June 2018

    Tech on Tap
    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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  • Tech on Tap Banner July 2018

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

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  • Tech on Tap Banner August 2018

    Tech on Tap
    Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Venue: Random Row

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  • Tech on Tap Banner September 2018

    Tech on Tap
    Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Venue: Residence Inn by Marriott

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    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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    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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CBIC honors local tech entrepreneurs, students, teachers

May 24, 2018

Eleven leaders in tech — from high school students to large companies — were honored Thursday night during the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council’s annual awards gala. The CBIC, a nonprofit council of technology-related businesses, organizes the...

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CHS engineering teacher fuses education with entrepreneurship

May 19, 2018

When Matt Shields started teaching engineering at Charlottesville High School, he set himself a challenge: stop lecturing. Rather than tell students which leg of an LED connects to the positive end of the battery, he decided...

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Albemarle Planning Commission approves high school center

May 09, 2018

The Albemarle County Planning Commission on Tuesday cleared the way for the county school division to open a high school student center in the Seminole Place industrial facility. In December, the Albemarle County School Board voted...

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How can Charlottesville build an inclusive tech sector?

May 06, 2018

Knatokie Ford has an excellent resumé. She holds a Ph.D. in experimental pathology from Harvard University and helped to shape science and technology policy in the Obama White House — twice.  Ford also founded Fly Sci Enterprise, a...

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UVa solar car team finds allies at Charlottesville renewable energy companies

Apr 25, 2018

After nearly two decades of inactivity, the Solar Car Team at the University of Virginia is nearing a return to the racetrack. “Just getting the car on the track is a major achievement,” said Arslan Aziz...

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Vinegar Hill Park process to start this summer

Apr 20, 2018

Construction will begin this summer to replace the Main Street Arena in downtown Charlottesville with the technology-focused Center of Developing Entrepreneurs. Some stakeholders hope to use the spotlight on CODE to put plans for the adjacent...

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