CBIC Awards Gala

May 23, 2019

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2019 CBIC Award Recipients

Business of the Year



Social Good Award

Charlottesville Women in Tech


Educator of the Year

Chris Bunin of Albemarle High School


Student Entrepreneur of the Year

Elizabeth Tikoyan of Riley


Volunteer of the Year

Jon Moriarty

Entrepreneur of the Year

David Slutzky of Fermata Energy


Innovator of the Year



Start-Up of the Year



Job Creator of the Year

S&P Global


CBIC Tech Tour Student Scholarship Recipients

Each year at the CBIC Awards Gala, CBIC presents $2,500 in scholarships to two junior or senior high school students who plan to pursue education beyond high school in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) subjects. Since 2003, CBIC has gifted $45,000 to students through the CBIC Tech Tour Scholarship program. This year’s CBIC Tech Tour Scholarships were awarded to:

  • Henry Pritchard: Henry Pritchard is a Junior at William Monroe High School. He hopes to study Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Virginia, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Brown University, or Virginia Tech. Upon graduation from college, Henry plans to found a startup technology company.

  • Zander Armstrong: Alexandre "Zander" Armstrong is a senior at the Armstrong Home School. He is also dual-enrolled at Blue Ridge Community College. Zander hopes to study Mechanical Engineering at Blue Ridge Community College and Virginia Tech. Following graduation, Zander plans to work with a local company to gain experience in the engineering field while studying for his master’s degree.

To be eligible, students must have attended at least one of CBIC’s Annual Tech Tours. The CBIC Tech Tour is a day-long event that introduces area students to our region’s technology companies, and exposes students to diverse career possibilities offered by our regional technology community.

Our Awards Gala recognizes the region’s most successful startups and innovators

We are extremely excited to announce that the 2019 gala will return to the beautiful and historic Paramount Theater in downtown Charlottesville on Thursday May 23, 2019. And that's not all! 

  • Short reception with cash bar and hors d'oeuvres
  • Celebratory awards ceremony in the theater
  • Innovators Row - a showcase of innovative startups
  • Multiple and plentiful food stations
  • New sponsorship options with perks for early action (snag yours early!)
You and your team and colleagues won't want to miss Charlottesville's premier gala with anticipated attendance of more than 400 of the region's tech and innovation community.

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!


  • Applications to be considered for participation in CBIC’s Innovators Row are due by midnight Friday, April 15, 2019
  • Selected individuals or groups will be notified and announced by May 1st and promoted at the gala and via CBIC’s media channels.
  • The single Innovators Row Exhibit Fee of $325 is due no later than May 4th

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.

Update: Innovators Row is now full

Innovators Row Sponsors




Get your gala tickets before they sell out!

Program Overview (times approximate; some portions may overlap slightly)

  • 5:00 – 5:45 pm: Reception begins with cocktails and light hors d'oeuvres. Your event ticket comes with one drink ticket, and you may purchase additional tickets in advance or enjoy the cash bar. Don't forget to grab a team photo at the photobooth!

  • 6:00 – 7:30 pm: Awards ceremony begins in the auditorium. Bars will stay open for your beverage needs!

  • 7:30 – 9:00 pm: Following the ceremony, enjoy a roaming dinner at a variety of specialty food stations while visiting local entrepreneurs on Innovators Row. Celebrate over libations with friends, new and old.

  • 9:00 – 11:30 pm: The gala after-party kicks off for our guests who want to keep the celebration going. Enjoy live music, great energy, and of course, more food and drinks!


Recommended attire is celebratory. This can mean a cocktail dress, a nice suit, or whatever you're comfortable wearing! Come as yourself. If you seek more guidance, check out the event video on the CBIC website to see what attendees looked like last year.

Stay in Touch

For more information, please visit our website at CvilleInnovation.org.

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2019 Gala Awards & Their Sponsors

  • 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.


    Sponsored By:

    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.


    • Anna Green - Western Albemarle High School
    • Chris Bunin - Albemarle High School
    • Sarah FitzHenry - St. Anne's-Belfield School

    Sponsored By:

    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.


    Sponsored By:

    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.


    Sponsored By:

    Innovator of the Year
  • Job Creator of the Year

    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.


    Sponsored By:

    Job Creator 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.


    Sponsored By:

    Social Good Award
  • Startup of the Year

    CBIC recognizes an innovation-centric business whose principals exhibit passion, devotion, and innovation. Has also demonstrated significant progress over the recent years or has 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 and/or is still primarily pre-revenue.


    Sponsored By:

    Startup of the Year
  • Student Entrepreneur Innovation Grant

    The CBIC Student Entrepreneur of the Year recipient receives the CBIC Student Innovation Grant award of $1,000 to further their innovation-based business.

    Sponsored By:

    Student Entrepreneur Innovation 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.


    Sponsored by:

    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).

    Sponsored By:

    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.

    Sponsored By:

    Technology in Education Grant
  • 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.

    Sponsored By:

    Volunteer of the Year

Last Year's Highlights

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
Charlottesville Angel Network
Fahrenheit Advisors
CBIC 2019 Sponsors