• Integrating a Social Mission with Your Business Model

    Addressing our most pressing issues is often associated with the work of nonprofits. Yet the philanthropic sector is so small, even the most effective programs in the world wouldn’t solve our global challenges across sectors such as food, water, health, and education. More and more, we’re seeing how business can serve as a tool for achieving social and environmental objectives. A common myth in the business world is that integrating a social or environmental mission is a burden on the bottom line. On the contrary, aligning mission and model presents significant market opportunities for both new businesses and established enterprises alike.

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  • Moonlighting Update: New Opportunities For Both Investors and Founders

    On August 23, 2018, Moonlighting LLC became the first Charlottesville based company (to my knowledge) to offer investments via Title III crowdfunding, on the crowdfunding portal Republic.  

    Intrigued by the offering, I met with CEO Jeff Tennery & COO Roy Slater for lunch.  Both Jeff & Roy updated me as to the status of prior and current financing offerings.  In case you were not aware, much has changed with Moonlighting since the Daily Progress’ June 17, 2018 article related to the company’s initial coin offering announcement of “Moonbit”.  

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  • A Startup Kind of Town

    From the Daily Progress Business Hall of Fame, Tracey Greene is featured in an article describing the past, present, and future of startups in Charlottesville.

    Among the many great parts of this article: "In 2017, securities filings showed area companies pulled in more than $39 million in venture funding in the first half of the year, according to Daily Progress news partner Charlottesville Tomorrow. And in the first quarter of this year, Virginia had the 12th-most venture capital activity in the nation, according to NVCA."

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  • Congratulations to the 2018 CBIC Award Winners

    CBIC would like to extend a very special thank you to everyone who attended the 20th Annual CBIC Awards. We want to thank Matthew Shields, for his inspirational keynote, and Jake Zarnegar for his entertaining facilitation. And not to be outdone, a very special 
    CONGRATULATIONS
    TO THE 2018 CBIC AWARD WINNERS

    CBIC Business of the Year:
    MIKRO SYSTEMS

    CBIC Educator of the Year:
    CHRIS STANEK

    CBIC Entrepreneur of the Year:
    CHARLIE ROGERS

    CBIC Innovator of the Year:
    OESH SHOES

    CBIC Startup of the Year:
    METIS MACHINE

    CBIC Student Entrepreneur of the Year: 
    ASHWINRAJ KARTHIKEYAN

    CBIC Top Job Creator:
    APEX CLEAN ENERGY

    CBIC Volunteer of the Year:
    HEIDI TOMBS

    CBIC Tech Tour Student Scholarships:
    SOPHIE CONDRON
    CHLOE HELLERMAN


    CBIC Social Good of the Year:
    TECH DYNAMISM


    Learn more about The CBIC Awards Gala

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  • U.Va. Tapped To Lead $27.5 Million Effort to Reinvent Computing

    The University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science has been selected to establish a $27.5 million national center to remove a bottleneck built into computer systems 70 years ago that is increasingly hindering technological advances today.

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  • A New Year's Message

    Charlottesville's Tech and Entrepreneurial Scene Over The Past 20 Years...

    CBIC just celebrated its 20th year. Let's take a look at what's been happening in the Charlottesville entrepreneurial scene since then. To start, numerous startup companies have launched, many have successfully raised critical seed and follow-on funding, some have been acquired, and most are on their way to great success. 

    In 2016, the National Venture Capital Association ranked Charlottesville #1 in Venture Capital Funding Growth. It reported that between 2010 and 2015, venture funding in Charlottesville jumped from $250,000 to $27.7 million invested in local companies.

    In newer news, critical early-stage funding also increased for local startups. The Charlottesville Angel Network, established in 2015, now has a portfolio of 28 companies with 60% being local. Through CAN alone, 8 new deals closed representing $1.4MM in 2017, and, CAN has invested nearly $4.3MM total. 

    Established companies have also flourished providing jobs, recruiting talent to our region, and spreading economic diversity. But it's not just about the companies already here. Our region has grown in its attractiveness too. It boasts better startup and high-tech business infrastructure, including high-speed Internet options previously not available, more affordable wet lab space, and accessible collaborative and co-working spaces. 

    Our University and non-profits offer stellar entrepreneurial and other training and professional development, which facilitates better access to angel investment capital, tech talent, trained interns, and mentors. 

    Read about how Charlottesville is emerging as a mini-tech powerhouse here, and check out why entrepreneurs continue to choose Charlottesville as their home here

    Further, the community has rallied around consistent, recurring meet-ups and networking opportunities such as CBIC Tech on Taps, our co-hosted Charlottesville Entrepreneurs and Espresso events, Cville Women in Tech gatherings, and so much more. Want to learn about our region's myriad resources? Click here.

    Our community has pulled together to improve our collective ecosystem. Our best and brightest consistently speak out regarding crucial issues, including our faults. We use various CBIC Tech Night Takeover events sponsored by S&P Global and collaborative Tom Tom Festival happenings as platforms for voicing our concerns, disseminating crucial information to elected officials, and sharing ideas.

    It's working. How? You. That's how. And people like you:  

    • CBIC members breathe life into the innovations that fuel tomorrow.
    • Sponsors contribute to events that make this town one of the best in the country. 
    • Collaborators, partners, and volunteers perform crucial tasks and carry the water. 
    • Leaders sculpt our landscape and cultivate our next generation of innovators.

    For this, we applaud and thank you.

    As we ring in this new year, CBIC is alight with the excitement of things to come. Take a look around at your colleagues, mentors, and friends, and recognize how important our actions are in shaping the world around us. Realize that it is our sense of community, rather than any one particular focus, that makes us who we are. Let's stand together and celebrate the inclusivity, diversity, and strength that make Charlottesville so great.

    Thank you, all, for your contributions and may this be our best year yet!

    Tracey

    Tracey Greene, CBIC Executive Director

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  • AgroSpheres announces close of oversubscribed $750,000 seed round

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia – AgroSpheres announces the successful close of an oversubscribed seed round of $750,000 from local and international angel investors. AgroSpheres is a biotechnology company developing novel nanotechnologies aiming to set a new standard for bio-based delivery of active ingredients. The funding will be used to broaden utility of the platform, build a strong intellectual property portfolio, and outfit the company’s facilities.
     
    AgroSpheres has made significant breakthroughs in the effective and precise delivery of high-value biomolecules and chemicals to a wide range of intended targets. Using next-generation bioengineering and industrial fermentation allow AgroSpheres to out scale competitors at a lower cost.
     
    The platform’s focal point is a nanoscale bioparticle created from environmentally friendly microbes that can be functionalized by immobilizing and/or encapsulating active ingredients. Although the applicability of the platform is extremely versatile, the company is focused on developing their technology to innovate the fields of agriculture and industrial enzymes.
     
     “We are excited to be developing our technology for precision agriculture applications - we want to help farmers maximize their yields while minimizing their exposure to dangerous chemicals and the off-target exposure of agrochemicals to the environment,” said Payam Pourtaheri, Co-Founder.
     
    Ameer Shakeel, Co-Founder, said, “It is opportune timing for us to be making a cost-effective delivery vehicle for enzymes. We see growing value in using industrial enzymes as environmentally friendly, efficient alternatives to synthetic chemicals in various manufacturing industries.”
     
    Prior to this round of funding, the company was funded by $174,000 from grants and awards from competitions, most notably Thought for Food, The Collegiate Inventor’s Competition, VentureWell, and the Virginia Wine Board.  The company continues to receive strong support from the Charlottesville community and the University of Virginia, including the iLab incubator program.
     
    “The founders of AgroSpheres have created a groundbreaking nano-delivery technology by working across disciplines and leveraging multiple departments at the University of Virginia. The AgroSpheres Interdisciplinary Model has set a new standard for translational research and development,” said Dr. Mark Kester, Co-Founder.

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  • Kim Wilkens RE: Technology's Bro Culture

    Kim Wilkens (aka TechKim) is passionate about transforming technology users into technology creators, collaborators & activists and proud to do this work with many collaborators and partners including Mozilla Network50, CS Educator @ St. Anne’s-Belfield School, Tech-Girls founder, Charlottesville Women in Tech outreach and CBIC Tech Tour chair. 

    Check out her podcast on technology's bro culture here!

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  • 1 Integrating a Social Mission with Your Business Model
  • 2 Moonlighting Update: New Opportunities For Both Investors and Founders
  • 3 A Startup Kind of Town
  • 4 Congratulations to the 2018 CBIC Award Winners
  • 5 U.Va. Tapped To Lead $27.5 Million Effort to Reinvent Computing
  • 6 A New Year's Message
  • 7 AgroSpheres announces close of oversubscribed $750,000 seed round
  • 8 Kim Wilkens RE: Technology's Bro Culture
  • Tech Nite Takeover: With Great Business Comes Great Responsibility: Social Good Means Good Business

    Tech Nite Takeover: With Great Business Comes Great Responsibility: Social Good Means Good Business

    Wednesday, October 17, 5 - 7:30 PM
    Venue: Cville Machine

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  • Tech on Tap Banner November 2018

    Tech on Tap
    Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Venue: Kardinal Hall

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  • Center for Innovative Technology
  • CoshXLabs
  •  City of Charlottesville
  • Woods Rogers
  • S&P Global
  • Ting
  • Batten Institute
  •  Blue Ridge Bank

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    CBIC Awards

    The Charlottesville area is recognized for its exceptional high-tech community and entrepreneurial spirit. CBIC is proud to spotlight leadership in these areas annually through the highly anticipated CBIC Awards.
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  • Tech Tour

    Tech Tour

    CBIC's annual Tech Tour is all about igniting local students' interest in technology-related careers and showing the variety of opportunities available in our community to pursue their passions.
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  • TechOnTap

    TechOnTap

    This monthly event provides an opportunity for tech-minded people to network in a happy hour setting.
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  • Addressing our most pressing issues is often associated with the work of nonprofits. Yet the philanthropic sector is so small, even the most effective programs in the world wouldn’t solve our global challenges across sectors such as food, water, health,
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  • On August 23, 2018, Moonlighting LLC became the first Charlottesville based company (to my knowledge) to offer investments via Title III crowdfunding, on the crowdfunding portal Republic.   Intrigued by the offering, I met with CEO Jeff Tennery & COO
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  • A New Year's Message

    By Tracey Greene
    Charlottesville's Tech and Entrepreneurial Scene Over The Past 20 Years... CBIC just celebrated its 20th year. Let's take a look at what's been happening in the Charlottesville entrepreneurial scene since then. To start, numerous startup companies have launched, many have
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If you have a passion for connecting technology and users, and understand the challenges of SaaS, the cloud and the evergreen model of software delivery, we'd love for you to join our team.

Key skills and attributes we're looking for include:

Experience administering SaaS systems, managing access and entitlement provisioning

Demonstrated skill querying and parsing data into rulesets

Experience using scripting languages (i.e. PowerShell) to automate processes

Experience with database management systems, concepts, and architectures

Knowledge and understanding of data flow diagrams and logic

Knowledge and understanding of technical documentation

Ability to analyze and correct system faults\errors in application or database layers

A customer-centric focus that continuously frames decision-making in terms of customer needs and value

Customer service orientation to respond to ad-hoc requests accurately and professionally  

To view the posting, all required/preferred qualifications and to apply, please visit U.Va.’s website at https://jobs.virginia.edu and search for US Posting number 0618311.

Come be a part of Charlottesville’s leading employer with a competitive benefits package including multiple options for health insurance, a minimum of 22 days of leave per year (in addition to holidays), and a $2,000 annual education benefit (after one year of service).

The University of Virginia welcomes applications from women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities and seeks to build a culturally diverse intellectual environment. The University of Virginia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. 

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