CBIC, a non-profit, was founded in 1997 as the region's technology council, one of 10 across the Commonwealth of Virginia.
- CBIC's Mission
- To educate, celebrate and advocate for Charlottesville’s technology community and to accelerate technology innovation and entrepreneurship in the region.
- CBIC's Vision
- CBIC will be the conduit and driver of productive collaboration among the various segments of the Charlottesville region's technology community, to promote a supportive infrastructure, and will advocate for and celebrate a robust, sustainable technology-based economy.
CBIC’s Key Action Areas
Networking Events & Afterhour Socials
Intelligent and talented people enjoy getting together to socialize, collaborate, share ideas and form professional relationships, which is a vital component of attracting and retaining a highly skilled workforce. That's why the Council organizes afterhours, and other educational and social activities like it's monthly TechOnTap and Charlottesville Entrepreneurs and Espresso events designed specifically for the entrepreneurial and high-tech community.
Educational Programs and Networking
Solo or in partnerships with organizations or groups such as the Tom Tom Founders Festival, TEDxCharlottesville, the Charlottesville Angel Network, i.Lab at U.Va., U.Va. Licensing and Ventures Group, Community Investment Collaborative, Darden School of Business, VaBIO, and others, CBIC hosts numerous educational events and workshops each year, specifically intended for those in the high-tech and innovation entrepreneurial community with topics including:
- collaboration and strategic alliance trends and structures
- executive/employee compensation
- corporate structures
- marketing and branding a high-tech enterprise
- intellectual property strategy, protection, and laws including the latest legal updates
- risk management and insurance for private companies
- financing sources and strategies
- M&A trends, etc.
Technology Issues and Advocacy
The operational needs of technology-based companies and entrepreneurs can be very different from those of traditional industries. Consequently, the Council serves as the tech industry's advocate, voicing concerns and educating and informing local and state officials about the unique requirements of high-tech businesses and the issues that affect them.
It takes the right people and critical mass to drive a high-tech economy. By working in partnership with local businesses and our area's educational institutions, the Council helps ensure that the area’s workforce has the appropriate curriculum, training, skills and resources to support future growth in key technology segments such as the area’s burgeoning biotechnology sector. CBIC's Tech Tour is a part of this endeavor by cultivating the next generation high-tech work force.
CBIC’s Two Annual Signature Events
Awards Gala: an annual spring event that gathers more than 400 business leaders, entrepreneurs, government officials, and academia to honor individuals and organizations for their noteworthy contributions to the marketplace through their high-tech innovation and / or leadership. CBIC Award recipients enjoy increased exposure and visibility with the media, business community, and potential partners.
Tech Tour: a day-long fall event to introduce area high school students to our region’s tech companies, designed to expose students to the diverse career possibilities offered by our regional tech community and to help them envision themselves as technology innovators. Chaperoned groups of students spend the day traveling to selected showcase tech companies for a hands-on visit to meet employees and experience the use of technology in unique and specialized operations.
Location: CBIC operates from a virtual office and its PO mailing address is:PO BOX 303, Charlottesville, VA 22902