Who is guiding our
future innovators?

Recognize your favorite tech educator

Nominate them for a CBIC Gala Education Award.
Noms are due Jan 31.

CBIC's mission is to promote and support tech innovation and entrepreneurship in the Charlottesville region, keeping our organization in alignment with our local education community.

The CBIC Awards highlight and honor the region’s educators and students that best embody these attributes of innovation and entrepreneurial excellence. Our education awards, in particular, seek to bridge the innovative use of technology in the classroom with local businesses to foster collaboration and a sense of community.

Please consider nominating yourself or any of your colleagues for one of the two awards. Nominations for the CBIC Awards program begin early in the year in order to build a broad and diverse pool of nominees from the community at large, and to better identify potential nominees that are often off the radar.

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. 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.

Student Entrepreneur of the Year

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


Dozens of educators from all around the greater Charlottesville community have been nominated over the years.

Matt Shields
Matt ShieldsTeacher / BACON Sponsor, Charlottesville High School
Andy Page
Andy Pagehackcville.com
Chris Stanek
Chris StanekMonticello High School
Fran Racette
Fran RacetteMurray High School
Ashwinraj Karthikeyan
Ashwinraj Karthikeyaninmed.bio
Adam Mulcahy
Adam MulcahyWestern Albemarle High School

Tell us how you or a colleague are using technology to shape the future.

The benefits of winning

CBIC Education Awards come with more than just cash prizes.

Fame & Recognition

If you're a finalist, you'll be featured in our press and media mentions, and you'll receive a complimentary ticket to the CBIC Awards Gala and a chance to get up on stage!


Mingle with members of our vibrant local tech community, including local businesses, mentors, and investors.

New Ideas

Get to know who's coming up with cutting edge ideas in technology and tech-centric fields in our area.

Your picture on a cool website

And did we mention the cash prizes?

Who won last year?

The 20th Annual CBIC Awards were full of fantastic educators who've made a lasting impression on their students and the tech community. Out of a large pool, the following winners were selected.

Submit a Nomination