News Release
January 15, 2021

CBIC Awarded $76,500 GO Virginia Grant to Build Digital Connection Platform for Charlottesville/Region 9 Business Community

Project underway and expected to launch in stages in the first quarter of 2021

(Charlottesville, VA) ... The Covid-19 pandemic highlighted the need for virtual and remote connections for everyone in the business communities of Charlottesville/Albemarle and the greater Region 9 counties. While virtual connections were a growing option for many prior to the pandemic, they became a lifeline and a necessity for many this past year.

The CBIC Annual Meeting will take place on October 13th at 5 pm. Members of CBIC are asked and encouraged to cast their online vote prior to the meeting via this online proxy form, regardless of whether or not they are attending the virtual meeting.

I, Adrian Felts, Chairman of the CBIC, call for the Annual Meeting of the organization to be held on Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 via a virtual online event. The Tech on Tap networking event will begin at 5:00 pm, with a short break for the Annual Meeting at 5:30. Tech on Tap will resume at the conclusion of the Annual Meeting. All members of the Council are encouraged to attend. 

Thank you to our event sponsor Residence Inn by Marriott Charlottesville Downtown and Ting Charlottesville

Vote for 2020-2021 CBIC Officers & Board Members!

The Focused Ultrasound Foundation has announced  that former BlackRock executive Patrick Edelmann has joined the team as Managing Director. His responsibilities include: spearheading the Foundation’s initiatives with Emily White, MD, to facilitate commercialization of the technology; launching our Institutional Giving program with Ann Taylor to include family offices, corporate foundations, and community foundations; and leveraging our Veterinary Program on a path to widespread utilization for the treatment of companion animals.

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At CBIC, we are cheering you on and want your business to survive in order to thrive! CBIC has established a team of volunteer mentors, advisors, SMEs, consultants, investors, and business leaders willing to volunteer some of their time to help you navigate this challenging environment. 

If you need assistance with your business, or if you are offering some of your time to advise a business, entrepreneur, or startup in need, please complete this form to either describe your expertise being offered or describe the challenge(s) you are attempting to resolve, respectively. I will personally work to connect those in need with experts to brainstorm and problem solve.

CBIC launched a new social media platform, CBIC Connect. This website is for anyone who wants to assist our community through these challenging times.

Let's get crowdsourcing!

Following the success of CBIC’s Tech Night Takeover series, we are excited to announce our new educational offering in 2020
Each of the six (6) carefully curated FtF sessions will focus on unique aspects of founding a tech or innovation-based startup.

The 5th annual Spark Hackathon is coming February 1 & 2. This two-day event of learning and making is open to high school students.

Hackathon website

The 2019 CBIC Tech Tour, a local event to introduce area middle and high school students to the dynamic high technology world that exists in the Charlottesville/Albemarle County metro region, kicks off Tuesday, October 8 at PVCC’s Earl Dickinson Center.

CALLING ALL MEMBERS! CBIC Annual Meeting + Tech on Tap Sept. 10, 5:00 PM, Residence Inn Downtown.

I, Adrian Felts, Chairman of the CBIC, call for the Annual Meeting of the organization to be held on Tuesday, September 10th, 2019 at the Residence Inn by Marriott Downtown, in Charlottesville, Virginia.

CBIC Hosts its 21st Annual Awards Gala: 2019 Award Recipients Announced

The Paramount Theater, Charlottesville VA

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 

Two Decades of Advocacy, Celebration, and Education

As a founder, should you stay or should you go?  Should you exit; yes or no?  For many founders these types of questions are asked routinely, perhaps daily.  

In this CBIC Tech Night Takeover, a panel of subject-matter experts will share with you answers to these questions, as well as answer related questions, such as: Why, when and how should I exit?  Why would I not want to sell my company?  What should I be doing now to better prepare for an exit?  What common mistakes are made by founders at exit?  What is life like after an exit?  Can I build a company and exit again?  

Please join us if you want answers to any of the questions described above.

This moderated fire-side chat styled panel consists of:

Janet Miller: Founder and President/CEO of Marketing Mojo (she chose to stay)

Matthew Hantzmon: Founder and CEO of Hexagon Energy (with prior startups, he chose to go/exit)

Steve Keeler: Private Equity and Venture Capital Partner of McGuireWoods (as legal counsel, he helps founders and companies go/exit)

Jonathan Brabrand: Managing Director of Fahrenheit Advisors (as M&A consultant, he also helps founders and companies go/exit)

with Justin Ritter as the panel moderator


5:00 - 5:30 PM Check-in and grab a drink!

5:30 - 6:00 PM Introductions & Primer on Exit Types

6:00 - 7:00 PM Panel Discussion

7:00 - 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.  Most of the street parking around Cville Machine is two (2) hour public parking until 6 p.m.; this means if you park at these spots after 4 p.m. you will have free parking for the entire event.  

For questions: Contact JUSTIN RITTER at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Entrepreneurs, Businesses, and Educators Recognized for Leadership, Innovation

Charlottesville, VA, March 29, 2019 – The Charlottesville Business Innovation Council (CBIC) is pleased to release a list of finalists for the 21st Annual CBIC Awards Gala. Twenty-five local organizations and individuals are being recognized with nominations for nine coveted CBIC awards including CBIC Educator of the Year, which comes with a $2,500 technology grant and CBIC Student Entrepreneur of the Year, which comes with a $1,000 grant, and the CBIC Business of the Year, all of which are announced at the gala.