For the Founders


FtF is a deep dive into the founder's journey and an opportunity to start and grow your business alongside peers facing the same challenges. Network with other like-minded founders while you hear experienced subject matter experts and seasoned founders cover everything from:

  • Organizing your startup to securing banking relationships that add value

  • Protecting your ideas to pivoting your vision and persevering 

  • Developing a business plan to scaling your startup for high growth

Soliciting Seed and Series A funding to preparing for and making a smooth exit 


Founder Participation Criteria


This series is designed for individuals who have founded or aspire to found their own startup. While lifestyle entrepreneurs are welcome, the curriculum is geared toward founders of tech and innovation based businesses.


Non-Founder Participation


Vendors, consultants, and non-founders are also able to participate at a separate, higher rate for admittance only offered if space permits, as this series is truly intended for the education of qualifying early-stage and aspiring founders.



2020 Schdule

March 10 - December 8



Six 2.5 hour sessions from 2:00p - 4:30p

Each session will:

  • Build upon the others
  • Feature subject matter experts
  • Involve hands-on, peer-group learning
  • Roll out into CBIC's Tech on Tap, a monthly networking event



CitySpace (on the Downtown mall)

100 5th St NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Due to COVID-19, certain sessions will be virtual. Please check sessions below for updated information.



Founder, CBIC Member: $120;  
Founder, Non CBIC Member: $150
Non Founder: $250


  • All 6 sessions of the series with refreshments
  • Entrance to all six (6) CBIC Tech on Taps following each session 
  • A ticket to CBIC’s annual Holiday Party on the evening of the final session (contingent upon 100% series participation) 




Founder, CBIC Member: $25;  
Founder, Non CBIC Member: $35
Non Founder: $50




Session 1: Idea to Inc. – But How Will You Make Money? | Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Learn how to deploy the business model canvas framework -- a strategic tool for startups -- to map out your infrastructure, offering, customers, and revenue. Next, lessons on the creation of an MVP (minimum viable product) presented by a panel of seasoned entrepreneurs.


Session 2: Start Me Up Right – Legal and Tax Tutorial for Founders

Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 2:00 - 3:00 pm | ONLINE MEETING For Q&A

Learn crucial legal and tax tips from experienced startup advisors. Learn how early-stage decisions impact your company’s future growth and after-tax return to investors. Financial experts will teach you how you can avoid common pitfalls by establishing a banking relationship at the outset of a startup’s creation.

RSVP online in advance and we will send you a link to join the Zoom meeting.

NOTE: All registered attendees will receive a link to watch a prerecorded ~ 1.5 hour video primer. Then from 2 - 3pm on May 12th, attendees will have the chance to to ask questions, dive deeper into content, and connect with peers (founders and aspiring founders) and panelists in breakout rooms.

Session 3: Initial Venture Runway and Capital Needs | Tuesday, 9 June 2020

Understand how successful companies leverage solid financial accounting and reporting toward attracting early seed investors. Learn standard “VC” terminology, “seed” offering types and terms, investor pitch decks, and traps to avoid when dividing the equity pie among the management team and angel investors.


Session 4: Surviving and Thriving in the Mid-Game  | Tuesday, 11 August 2020

Learn about opportunities and resources available to the maturing startup.   Discover new financing options, best practice financial management fundamentals, technology tools to scale your operations, as well as common pit-falls to avoid as you work to thrive in the mid-game.


Session 5: Venture to Vest: Planning for Investor Exits  | Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Explore both sides of an exit with a dynamic, real-world example. Topics: 

  • key financial and life planning considerations for the founder, 
  • succession planning, 
  • details of the sale/exit process.


Session 6: Founders Don’t Retire:  They Rollover or Start Over | Tuesday, 8 December 2020

The final session starts with a summary of key takeaways from the previous sessions. Wells Fargo will then moderate a discussion of the personal and business considerations of exits with a panel of successful founders. We will end the series with a Q&A session with past lecturers before rolling out into CBIC’s annual Holiday Party!