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Tracey Greene

What’s the climate for entrepreneurs in Charlottesville, and how could it improve? Check out the latest article in C-BIZ to see what CBIC's Executive Director, Tracey Greene, and other local luminaries in Charlottesville's startup world think. The article combines entrepreneurial success stories with enough facts and figures to excite even the most skeptical capitalist. What's even better, keep reading deep into the article and you'll strike gold -- a solid list of the area's top startup resources curated from our own Tech Resources page.  

2019 CBIC Awards Gala Accepting Nominations Through Jan 31

Charlottesville, VA, December 1, 2018– The Charlottesville Business Innovation Council (CBIC) is pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 CBIC Awards, CBIC’s signature event honoring Central Virginia's most innovative organizations, startups and individuals and highlighting technology, innovation, and entrepreneurial excellence. 

Nominations for the 21st Annual CBIC Awards may now be submitted by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the nominee's name, contact information (email and phone number), and the award category/ies. Nominees will be contacted for further details later.

"Charlottesville has all the ingredients to be a national leader in business innovation, venture capital investment, and high-wage job creation," said Tracey Greene, CBIC Executive Director and co-chair of the 2019 CBIC Awards Gala. "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."

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Tech Nite Takeover: Social Good Means Good Business

SAVE THE DATE: WEDNESDAY, October 17, 5 - 7:30 PM | CVILLE MACHINE

Many businesses now talk about a “triple bottom line,” where success is no longer measured solely by profit, but also by the impact on people and the planet. What are some models for this type of impact entrepreneurship, where businesses are making positive contributions to the welfare of their employees, their community, and the world more broadly? How is building social impact into your business’ DNA different than traditional corporate social responsibility? What businesses advantages can be gained? Is it possible to incorporate a social mission into your business if you don’t already have one? What is B Corps certification and what does it have to do with social impact? Panelists will share their perspectives on these issues to spark a discussion about how more companies can incorporate a social mission into their core business model.
This moderated fire-side chat styled panel consists of:
 
Founder & CEO at PurPics 
 
Beth Johnson      
Program Director at Blue Morning
 
President & CEO at Global eHealth Solutions LLC
 
Brynne Potter      
CEO, Co-Founder at Maternity Neighborhood
 
with PJ Harris as the panel moderator, CBIC director and COO of Totem Systems, Inc.

5:00 - 5:15 PM Check-in and grab a drink and a bite!

5:15 - 6:30 PM Panel Discussion

6:30 - 7:30 PM After hours networking with snacks + drinks

LOCATION: Cville Machine is in the Michie Building -- directly across the street from the downtown police station and Market Street parking garage. Enter the courtyard, pass Tin Whistle Irish Pub, enter the building at the end of the courtyard through the door on the far left (in the corner).

PARKING: The Market Street Parking Garage is conveniently located across the street; however, validation is NOT provided at the event. The nearby Tin Whistle Irish Pub offers 2 hours of validation, so you might consider having drinks or dinner there afterwards.

For questions: Contact JUSTIN RITTER, CBIC Board Member, Co-general Counsel, and TNT Panel Organizer, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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Tech Nite Takeover: Cover Your Assets: Strategies to Thwart Cyber Security Threats

THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 5 - 7:30 PM | CVILLE MACHINE

Are you doing enough to protect your business? Come learn at the next in CBIC’s Tech Night Takeover (TNT) series, which focuses on strategies to defend against cyber security threats. You'll hear from a panel of industry experts on current cybersecurity attacks and defenses and get answers to your questions on how to win the cyber security battle. 

 
This moderated fireside-chat styled panel consists of:

5:00 - 5:15 PM Check-in and grab a drink!

5:15 - 6:00 PM Panel Discussion

6:00 - 6:30 PM Breakout Groups 

6:30 - 7:30 PM After hours networking with snacks + drinks

LOCATION: Cville Machine is in the Michie Building -- directly across the street from the downtown police station and Market Street parking garage. Enter the courtyard, pass Tin Whistle Irish Pub, enter the building at the end of the courtyard through the door on the far left (in the corner).

PARKING: The Market Street Parking Garage is conveniently located across the street; however, validation is NOT provided at the event. The nearby Tin Whistle Irish Pub offers 2 hours of validation, so you might consider having drinks or dinner there afterwards.

For questions: Contact JUSTIN RITTER, CBIC Board Member, Co-general Counsel, and TNT Panel Organizer, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tech Nite Takeover: Go Fund Yourself: How Crowdfunding Can Work in Charlottesville

SAVE THE DATE: TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, 5 - 8:00 PM | CVILLE MACHINE

The next in CBIC’s Tech Night Takeover (TNT) series focuses on crowdfunding for innovative, software/IT and/or bio-tech companies, whether a startup or existing company.  Stay tuned for more details.   

5:00 - 5:15 PM Check-in and grab a drink and a bite!

5:15 - 6:30 PM Panel Discussion

6:30 - 7:30 PM After hours networking with snacks + drinks

LOCATION: Cville Machine is in the Michie Building -- directly across the street from the downtown police station and Market Street parking garage. Enter the courtyard, pass Tin Whistle Irish Pub, enter the building at the end of the courtyard through the door on the far left (in the corner).

PARKING: The Market Street Parking Garage is conveniently located across the street; however, validation is NOT provided at the event. The nearby Tin Whistle Irish Pub offers 2 hours of validation, so you might consider having drinks or dinner there afterwards.

For questions: Contact JUSTIN RITTER, CBIC Board Member, Co-general Counsel, and TNT Panel Organizer, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

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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Cville Open Data Bootcamp: September 22, 2017

Come join us for a hands-on workshop that will...

  • introduce attendees to the city’s new open data portal

  • connect data enthusiasts and citizens

  • give time to build/prototype visualizations and apps that could improve our community alongside experts.

Who should attend...

Technologists, thoughtful citizens, data scientists, programmers, journalists, YOU

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Cville Tech Community Gathers to Brainstorm on Collaborative Response: Aug 31, 8AM

You Are Invited to the Cville Tech Community's Peaceful & Collaborative Response:

In life, we are at times offered the opportunity to step outside the day-to-day and use our talents to make a real difference in our world. The devastating violence of August 12th has brought unprecedented national and international attention on our city. Phrases like "before Charlottesville" and "after Charlottesville" are now used in national media as shorthand to refer to that violence.

The question is, will these events be seen as a turning point or just another milestone on a long and tragic path?

We believe that the Charlottesville community has a unique opportunity to come together and lead by example. While the tech community is but a single part of the broader Cville community, we are also a highly capable and well-networked group of people — and our industry is built around quickly finding solutions to some of the world's most pressing problems.

This opportunity is both fleeting, and as big as we want to make it. If we are to make a significant impact, we must work together. That's why this Thursday, the tech community will get together in person (along with the leaders of other civic groups in Charlottesville) for three short hours, to see what is possible.

We'll innovate. We'll work from any ideas that folks already have. And we'll set the stage for collaboration.

We can't do this without you. Come ready to brainstorm, as this will be a highly engaging and participant-driven event. The power of bringing the tech community together is evident during events like Startup Weekend and the recent Civic Innovation Day — together, we are capable of great things.

We are Charlottesville. Together, we can begin to lead our city out of the events of two weeks ago into a brighter, stronger, and more equitable future.

Hope to see you on Thursday,
Co-Organizers Jessica Glendinning and Lucas Cioffi

Who

This event is open to all members of the Cville tech community and any member of the Charlottesville community at large who is interested in brainstorming innovative & surprising solutions/responses to the events of August 12th.

What

The goal is to create space for people to propose ideas and collaborate around potential solutions in order to make an actual impact. (As currently envisioned, this event will be a mashup of formats — BeCamp, Civic Innovation Day, and Startup Weekend.)

When

Thursday, August 31st, 2017 8:30 am -11:30 am

8am for breakfast and mingling. We will start right on time to respect everyone's time. 

Where

Studio IX 

CIT GAP Funds and Charlottesville Angel Network Invests in Advanced Aircraft Company

Source:  Center for Innovative Technology

Herndon, Virginia, Aug. 23, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced today that its CIT GAP Funds has invested in Advanced Aircraft Company (AAC), an aeronautical engineering and aircraft manufacturing company based in Hampton Roads, Virginia. The Charlottesville Angel Network also participated in this investment round alongside CIT.

The Advanced Aircraft Company specializes in vertical takeoff and landing unmanned aerial systems, that target both the commercial and military markets.  AAC was founded by William J. Fredericks in October 2015 as a technology spin off from the NASA Langley Research Center.  While employed at NASA, Fredericks performed the conceptual design and lead the development of NASA’s Greased Lightning UAV technology. This technology is unique in that it is a true “no compromises” vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft.  It achieves the aerodynamic efficiency of a conventional fixed wing airplane, while simultaneously achieving VTOL capability. AAC has developed a licensing agreement that allows the company to utilize the NASA technology in order to bring it to market.

In addition to the Greased Lightning, AAC has developed another cutting edge aircraft, which it will bring to market first, the Hercules unmanned aircraft system (UAS). The Hercules is a multi-rotor UAS powered by electricity generated by a 2-stroke gasoline engine and features number of aerodynamic improvements. The unique aircraft features a streamlined aerodynamic design, which features hybrid electric propulsion that allows for longer flight times, and rigorous safety procedures that can be employed if the combustion engine fails.  These technologies enable the Hercules UAS to fly multiple hours, while other battery powered multi-rotors are limited to 20 to 30 minutes of flight time. 

Read full article at Globe Newswire

Albemarle County Economic Development Director Characteristics Feedback

Dear Community Members and Stakeholders, 

We are in the process of recruiting for the Economic Development Director of Albemarle County. Given the impact that this position has on the community, we want to offer an opportunity for many stakeholders to provide input on the qualifications and characteristics they think are most important for this position. This input will play an important role in helping to determine expectations as we move forward in the hiring process. We’ll use this input to shape our community profile/job posting and interview questions. 

Feedback Opportunities

Survey

If you are interested in adding your voice to this process, please visithttps://www.surveymonkey.com/r/EconDevDir2017  to complete the survey by September 8, 2017

Focus Group Sessions

If you would like a face-to-face opportunity to provide feedback and have in-depth conversation with other stakeholders, we will be hosting two focus groups.   Both sessions will take place at the County Office Building, 401 McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA (COB-McIntire) as follows:

Thursday, August 31, 8:00am – 9:00am, COB-McIntire Room 241

Wednesday, September 6, 4:00pm – 5:00pm, COB-McIntire Room 241

You do not need to sign up in advance.  

 

Thank you for your feedback in this important process,

 

Kimberly Shigeoka

Human Resource Generalist

Local Government

Albemarle County, VA

Ph: 434-296-5827 x5862

Website: www.albemarle.org