The Charlottesville Business Innovation Council has announced the finalists for its 2016 awards. Building on last year's expanded line-up of award categories, this year's finalists represent some of the most inspiring technology-centric business leaders, teachers, student entrepreneurs and organizations in the region.

"This annual gathering seeks to inspire and inform as well as to further the creation of a community where we celebrate each other's accomplishments and recognize individual contributions to our innovation-based ecosystem," said Tracey Greene, co-chair of the CBIC Awards Gala. "The gala also encourages attendees to develop relationships that create a fertile future for growth and expansion."

Award finalists include:

Business of the Year

Educator of the Year

  • Betsy Agee, Crozet Elementary School
  • Eric Bredder, Monticello High School
  • Adam Mulcahy, Western Albemarle High School

Entrepreneur of the Year 

Innovator of the Year 

Social Good

Startup of the Year 

Student Entrepreneur/Student Startup Venture of the Year 

Top Job Creator of the Year

A limited number of sponsorship opportunities are still available. Raise your company's profile as a market leader and champion of technology. Consider becoming a gala benefactor or reception sponsor or underwrite the cost of a ticket for a teacher or startup entrepreneur to attend the event. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for sponsorship information.