Gala Hero

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

The CBIC Awards Gala is the largest and only one of its kind recognizing the region’s most successful startups and innovators!

A New Venue, A New Experience

We are extremely excited to announce that this year's reimagined event for the first time will be held at the beautiful and historic Paramount Theater in downtown Charlottesville. And that's not all! 

The event has been completely redesigned with a new format and additional improvements and will feature: 

  • A short reception with cash bar and hors d'oeuvres
  • A celebratory seated awards ceremony in the theater with beverages and snacks
  • An energized reception featuring Innovators Row - a showcase of innovative startups
  • Multiple and plentiful food stations
  • An after-party featuring dual entertainment like never before!
  • New sponsorship options with perks for early action (snag yours early!)
  • You and your team and colleagues won't want to miss this smashing new gala with anticipated attendance of more than 400 of the region's tech and innovation community. 

Sponsorships Available


  • Business of the Year

    Recognizes one tech or tech-centric business or organization that serves as a model of achievement to which others can aspire, including such indicators as financial success, growth, healthy work environment, commitment to innovation, and contribution to the community.


    Business of the Year
  • Educator of the Year

    Formerly the Red Apple Award, CBIC recognizes one K-12 educator who has set an example of incorporating the principles of innovation, entrepreneurship, invention, and/or technological achievement in a classroom setting.


    • Chris Stanek, Monticello High School
    • Adam Mulcahy, Western Albemarle High School
    • Fran Racette, Murray High School
    Educator of the Year
  • Entrepreneur of the Year

    Recognizes one individual who currently embodies all the elements of successful tech-centric entrepreneurship, including innovation, employment, leadership, finance, determination, and persistence.


    Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Innovator of the Year

    Recognizes an individual or organization for their creativity and resourcefulness in the development of a new product, service or product candidate, and can also include the means by which their innovation will reach its end user.


    Innovator of the Year
  • Social Good Award

    CBIC recognizes one entrepreneurial effort that is focused on social good. While they might not have the financial success of other startups, their goal is improvement of the common good more so than private gain. Some classic examples of social goods are clean air, clean water and literacy, and can include access to services such as healthcare. Further, candidates for this award may include startup organizations enhancing our region's ecosystem for the common good. For the purpose of this award, a startup is defined as a breakout company that has been operational for 3 years or less, and preference will be given to those candidates that are tech and tech-centric businesses.


    Social Good Award
  • Startup of the Year

    Recognizes one new technology or tech- centric business whose principals exhibit passion, devotion and innovation in planning and deploying their startup and have either made significant progress over the recent years, or have made an impact as determined by jobs created, revenue generated, or other metrics. For the purpose of this award, a startup is defined as a breakout company that has been operational for 5 years or less.


    Startup of the Year
  • Student Entrepreneur of the Year

    CBIC’s Student Entrepreneur of the Year recipient will receive CBIC’s Student Entrepreneur Grant award of $1,000 to further their innovation-based business.


    Student Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Tech Tour Scholarships

    CBIC’s Tech Tour Scholarships recipients will each receive $2,500 scholarships. Scholarships are awarded each year to two area high school students who plan to pursue education beyond high school in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM).


    Sophie Condron, a Senior at Monticello High School, is interested in pursuing a medical career. The Tech Tour opened her eyes to the how innovative technology is used in all aspects of medicine.

    Chloe Hellerman, a Junior at Nelson County High School, is interested in pursuing a career in industrial design and engineering. The Tech Tour inspired her to research and apply for internships.

    Tech Tour Scholarships
  • Technology in Education Grant

    The CBIC Educator of the Year recipient receives a Technology in Education Grant award of $2,500 to be used on a technology investment of their choice for their classroom or students.

    Technology in Education Grant
  • Top Job Creator

    Recognizes one technology or tech-centric business for its noteworthy achievement of generating secure well paying, primarily tech jobs and retaining highly skilled workers that enhances our ecosystem and benefits the local economy.


    Top Job Creator
  • Volunteer of the Year

    Recognizes one CBIC volunteer who has gone above and beyond the average to make substantial and lasting contributions to the cause of advancing the organization, which is recognizing and rewarding the innovative entrepreneurs in our community.

    2017 Winner

    • Katie Murphy, CBIC Board Member and chaired CBIC’s Marketing Communications Committee
    Volunteer of the Year

Charlottesville has all the ingredients to be a national leader in business innovation, 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.

Tracey Greene, CBIC Executive Director and co-chair, CBIC Awards Gala


Felton Group
Darden Batten Institute
CFA Institute
Hantzmon Wiebel
Three Notch
Coshx Labs
Brilliant Blaze
cville weekly
Flying Dog Media
Harvest Moon Catering
Watermark Design
Birch Studio
Common House
Vitae Spirits



Get your gala tickets before they sell out!

Each all-access ticket includes: a complimentary cocktail, pre and post ceremony receptions with food, the highly anticipated seated awards ceremony with food and beverages, innovators row showcase, the inaugural gala after party + complimentary downtown parking!

You, your team, and colleagues won't want to miss this smashing new gala with anticipated attendance of more than 400 of the region's tech and innovation community.

Program Overview

Times are approximate; some portions may overlap slightly

5:00 - 5:45 p.m. Registration opens. Reception with cocktails and light hors d'oeuvres. One drink ticket provided per guest. Cash bars available.

5:45 - 7:30 p.m. Seated ceremony in the theater.

7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Following the ceremony, guests will be invited into all areas of the venue (hallways, lounges, bar rooms) to enjoy networking and innovators row –a showcase of select innovation-based startups– while partaking in a variety of foods stationed throughout venue.
9:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. After party kicks off (TURN UP!) with options to either let your hair down with music and dancing or mix and mingle in a relaxing atmosphere while continuing conversations. Something for everyone… and more great food and drinks!

Attire: Cocktail and business dressy attire.

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Innovators Row


The CBIC Awards Gala showcases Central Virginia entrepreneurs, innovators, and organizations that contribute significantly to the region's innovation ecosystem. For the past three years, Innovators Row was regaled as one of the attendees’ favorite portions of the evening, and last year attracted more than 400 attendees. This offers exemplary local exposure for Innovators Row participants. 

CBIC will select as many as 30 representatives for an opportunity to showcase their products, ideas, services and innovations at CBIC's Innovators Row.


  • We anticipate that each person/company selected for Innovators Row will be provided with approximately 4 feet of table/floor space along Innovators Row to demonstrate and amaze the assembled investors, entrepreneurs, business and civic leaders.
  • There is no cost to apply, but if selected, there will be a single Innovators Row Exhibit Fee of $325
  • The $325 includes your company’s exhibitor space + two (2) all-access gala tickets for the pre and post ceremony receptions (during which exhibitors are expected to be setup and working their exhibit space), the highly anticipated awards ceremony (at which time exhibitors will pause to come witness the awards celebratory ceremony in the auditorium), the after party (exhibitors will shut down to enjoy the festivities), and complimentary downtown parking!


This is an amazing opportunity to showcase the innovation you have worked on and connect with individuals that could take your idea to the next level.

Those interested in sponsorship can contact Tracey Greene at or call (434) 242-5886.