Award Descriptions

  • 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.

    2017 Winner

    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.

    2017 Winner

    • Stephanie Passman, Gifted Resource Teacher, Albemarle County Public Schools
    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.

    2017 Winner

    • Baron Schwartz of VividCortex
    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.

    2017 Winner

    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.

    2017 Winner

    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.

    2017 Winner

    Startup of the Year
  • Student Entrepreneur Grant

    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 Grant
  • Student Entrepreneur of the Year

    CBIC recognizes one student entrepreneur - or a team of student entrepreneurs - who have successfully created or advanced the development of a new product, service or product candidate, providing an example to other students to pursue entrepreneurship while at school. Preference will be given to those candidates that are tech and tech-centric businesses.

    2017 Winner

    Student Entrepreneur of the Year
  • 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.

    2017 Winner

    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

Nominate yourself or your favorite Cville tech companies, entrepreneurs, and tech-savvy teachers for a CBIC Award no later than midnight, February 28, 2018.

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