Charlottesville, VA, January 31, 2018– The Charlottesville Business Innovation Council (CBIC) is pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 CBIC Awards, CBIC’s signature event honoring Central Virginia's most innovative organizations, startups and individuals and highlighting technology, innovation, and entrepreneurial excellence. 

The 2018 CBIC Awards Gala, the largest and only one of its kind recognizing the region’s most successful startups and innovators, will be held on Thursday, May 24. 

Nominations for the 20th Annual CBIC Awards are now open at

"Charlottesville has all the ingredients to be a national leader in business innovation, venture capital investment, and high-wage job creation," said Tracey Greene, CBIC Executive Director and co-chair of the 2018 CBIC Awards Gala. "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."

The 2018 CBIC Awards include the following categories:

  • CBIC Entrepreneur of the Year
  • CBIC Business of the Year
  • CBIC Innovator of the Year
  • CBIC Startup of the Year
  • CBIC Top Job Creator of the Year
  • CBIC Educator of the Year
  • CBIC Student Entrepreneur of the Year
  • CBIC Volunteer of the Year
  • CBIC Social Good Award

Award winners will be determined by a panel of judges with the exception of the winners of the CBIC Social Good Award, chosen by gala participants, and the CBIC Volunteer of the Year, awarded by the CBIC Board of Directors.

The recipient of the CBIC Educator of the Year will receive a $2,500 CBIC Technology in Education Grant to support innovation education in the classroom, and the CBIC Student Entrepreneur of the Year recipient will receive a $1,000 CBIC Student Innovator Grant to help advance their innovation-based business. All other honorees receive commemorative awards and other recognitions.

Another crowning moment during the ceremony, is the honoring of two remarkable students who will both receive $2,500 CBIC Tech Tour Scholarships to pursue their STEM-focused higher education.

Past CBIC award honorees include HemoShear, KIRAKIRA 3D Printing, Contraline, Grow Oyster Reefs, WillowTree Apps, BrightSpec, Psikick and dozens of other local innovators, including teachers and students.

For a look back at highlights from last year’s awards gala, check out this video.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact CBIC Executive Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (434) 242-5886.