Calling all …Innovators. Educators. Entrepreneurs. Job Creators. Social Good Promoters. World Changers. You know who you are, and we want to know as well! 

We’re now accepting nominations for the 2021 CBIC Awards across a range of categories, which for nearly 25 years have recognized entrepreneurs and tech leaders within our business and education community. Think your team is doing great work? Nominate your business! Know someone who is a strong leader? Nominate them! 

Who do you think is doing some of the most innovative work headquartered right here in our own ecosystem? Use this form to submit your nominations, by Midnight, Friday, July 23.

With so many categories, you are certain to know many worthy candidates to nominate! Complete the form today! We look forward to learning about all of the great candidates!

  • CBIC 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.​, which can include attracting positive attention to the Charlottesville region.
  • CBIC EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR. 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.
  • CBIC 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.
  • CBIC 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. Can also include the means by which their innovation will reach its end user.
  • CBIC EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR. [Formerly named Top Jobs Creator] Recognizes one tech or tech-centric business that creates an environment that attracts, develops, and retains highly skilled talent in a way that enhances our ecosystem and local economy.  Consider factors such as internships, mentoring, upward mobility, vertical movement, and equity mindedness. 
  • CBIC PARTNERSHIP OF THE YEAR. Recognizes new partnerships built in the last 18 months that model collaborative innovation and achievement which inspires others, and resulted as well in successful outcomes for the partnership itself, local businesses, education, non-profits, and/or the community at large. Preference will be given to partnerships that transcend each member’s respective purview.
  • CBIC SOCIAL GOOD AWARD. Recognizes one company or organization with efforts focused on social good. Their goal, in part, is to identify needs, improve our communities, and provide a meaningful benefit to the general public. Examples of social goods are clean air, education, clean water, racial equality, and access to housing and healthcare. This award celebrates the positive impact that startups and businesses have on the greater Charlottesville community. Preference will be given to candidates that are tech and tech-centric businesses.
  • CBIC STARTUP OF THE YEAR. Recognizes an innovation-centric company or project that seeks to develop and validate a scalable economic model that aims to grow large beyond its small entrepreneurial-centric beginnings. Preference will be given to those that have experienced the classic startup path such as a lean beginning, development of an MVP, and early market validation and whose principals exhibit passion, devotion, and innovation. Candidates will have demonstrated significant progress over recent years and / or made an impact as determined by jobs created, revenue generated, or other startup success metrics.
  • CBIC STUDENT ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR. Recognizes one student entrepreneur, or a team of student entrepreneurs, who have successfully created or advanced the development of an idea, new product, service or product candidate. This entrepreneur or team of entrepreneurs provide an example to other students to pursue entrepreneurship while at school. Candidates are students in a K12 school, college, or university.
  • CBIC VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR. Recognizes CBIC volunteers who have 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 and companies in our community.

Let's get those nomination ideas flowing! 

Oh, and because we’re so excited to be back in person, this year, we’re hosting three celebratory events to honor our all-star finalist line-up:

  • Starting with CBIC’s Inaugural Tee Off the Gala Golf Tournament, on Monday, Sept 13 at Glenmore Country Club
  • Then we will reveal our much anticipated award recipients at the 2021 CBIC Awards Gala, hosted this year at the spacious Castle Hill Cider on Thursday, September 16
  • Finally, we will round out the week at the Gala Wrap Party on Friday, September 17, at a secret downtown location. Stay tuned to find out where this inaugural event will take place and what festivities we have in store for attendees!

Registrations will open soon. Sponsorship opportunities are plentiful (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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We have exciting news to share! This year’s CBIC Annual Awards Gala has expanded to include not just one, but three distinctly different and separately ticketed events. There will be ticket packages offered for cost savings, and CBIC members will receive a large discount on ticket prices. It truly pays to be a member of CBIC!

After more than a year of social distancing and Zoom happy hours, CBIC is prepared for the pent-up demand for vibrant in-person, COVID-cautious networking and celebrating! 

Gala week kicks off on Monday, September 13, 2021, with a Golf Tournament at Glenmore Country Club. 

The festivities continue on Thursday, September 16th at Castle Hill Cider with a celebratory evening of cocktails, dining, networking, and the formal awards presentation. 

The big finale is on Friday, September 17, as we host a wrap party on the downtown mall. The location is, well, under wraps for now!

Mark your calendar for these exciting Gala week events: 

Tee Off the Gala Golf Tournament - Monday, September 13

Much like live music and extended family reunions, golf tournaments are back! We’re excited to welcome you to the exclusive Glenmore Country Club Golf Course. We know you’re desperate to get out of the house and see your best clients, recruits, or friends face-to-face. Sign up for this great opportunity, as a foursome with your buddies, or, individually, and roll the dice to meet someone new. Spaces are limited, so make sure you sign up before the spots are gone. 


CBIC Awards Gala - Thursday, September 16

Each year, we honor community and industry leaders at the Gala. This year, we get to enjoy the beautiful mountains and top-notch ciders at the gorgeous Castle Hill Cider. As always, you can count on remarkable networking, delicious dinner fare, and the excitement of the ceremony to honor our finalists and recipients. Who will be our award honorees this year? Nomination forms and tickets on sale soon. 


CBIC Awards Gala Wrap Party - Friday, September 17

This year, Gala week truly has events for everyone. Our inaugural CBIC Gala Wrap Party won’t disappoint with our ever-favorite Innovators Row, highlight reels from the Gala, music, delightful cocktails, a variety of hors d'oeuvres, and networking at a yet-to-be-revealed location on the Charlottesville Downtown Mall. You don’t want to miss the party of the season! Keep an eye on your inbox for more details to come. 

A variety of sponsorship opportunities for these and more events are available. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., CBIC’s Executive Director, to explore your options and lock in your prime spots for inclusion.

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What do funding sources, business competitions, accelerator programs, technical assistance, fellowship opportunities, and workspaces all have in common? You can find them all on The Hub CVA’s “Resource” page!

Whether you are looking to network and meet like-minded professionals in your field, showcase your craft, access funding to jumpstart your business venture, and more, The Hub’s Resource platform has what you need. 

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Charlottesville and its surrounding counties contain many businesses and opportunities, from the seemingly endless music, dining, shopping, and outdoor offerings, to our varied industry and commerce, and the diverse and talented residents who make it all possible. We live in a region that is teeming with spirit and life.

Accessing all of these many offerings can sometimes be a challenge in itself. While it is nice to take an afternoon drive to soak in the many hidden gems of our community or even stroll down Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall to window-shop or enjoy a fresh cup of coffee, our community is lacking a central place to explore it all.

The Hub CVA’s online Business Directory will offer exactly that.

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Are you a startup, established tech company, or business looking for highly qualified knowledge workers to grow your team? Have you recently been laid off,  want to make a career move, or switch industries altogether? 

Currently, there are a number of disparate job searching and posting outlets hosted by various groups (we see you Cville Slack #Jobs and EmbarkCVA!). However, each has its challenges. Among them, Slack messages drop off after 10K messages so job postings disappear quickly, and not everyone uses or cares to use Slack. Some job listings are only emailed to subscribers once per month or tweeted out. 

Hm...where did I see that job posting?

For decades we’ve heard the cry for one consolidated place to post and to search for all higher wage job opportunities -- one source of truth -- in Charlottesville and within Region 9. 

Meet The Hub CVA, built specifically to facilitate those crucial connections. 

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Your digital concierge to the region's startup, tech, and biz community

Are you an entrepreneur in search of a co-founder, seeking funding for your business, a startup in search of talent, or a high-growth venture in search of new markets? 

Meet The Hub CVA, built specifically to facilitate those crucial connections. The Hub is Central Virginia’s connector platform for entrepreneurs and high-growth businesses - a free digital concierge for Region 9’s startup, tech, and business community. The Hub’s mission is to cut through the fragmentation of resources and communication and the barriers of walled sites, and to fill data gaps to help its users find the people and things that matter most to them.

The germination of this online community started long before CBIC received its grant of $76.5K from Go Virginia in January 2021 to develop its vision of The Hub. The pandemic only underscored that the need for a remote way to quickly connect individuals to the resources, organizations, and people they needed most was not an option, but a necessity. 

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The 17th annual CBIC Tech Tour ditched the buses for Zoom during the week of May 10! Driven by pandemic havoc and the heed from area educators for a virtual variety, we’re glad we did.

Upwards of 100 middle and high school students and their 19 K-12 teachers attended 34 tech tours, hosted by 14 organizations, all coordinated by CBIC. While this represents only about a third to a quarter of the size of previous year’s, it was nevertheless profoundly impactful.

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For the last 16 years, the CBIC Tech Tour has provided an opportunity for middle and high school students in the Charlottesville area to learn about innovation and careers in dynamic high tech companies. The tour is designed to help students envision themselves as technology employees, professionals, and entrepreneurs bringing the next wave of tech innovation to our area.

The 2019 Tech Tour drew students from two dozen schools visiting over 50 companies offering hands-on “tours” of their operations and the opportunity to experience their technology.

For 2021, the CBIC Tech Tour is going virtual! 

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Dear Friends,

How has your life changed over the last year? How about your family, your business, your community? This month, we’re marking one year of life amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The past twelve months have been filled with ups and downs, uncertainties and victories. We are so blessed that with all of your support, we are a stronger company to serve the businesses and organizations we are humbled to call clients. We know that our relationships are a big reason for our success over the last year, and we know we’re not alone in that sentiment.

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Code for Cville is a local chapter of Code for America, which brings together volunteers with tech, data, design, research, and community-building skills to work on projects to benefit area nonprofits and local government. The group held it’s 2021 kickoff event via Zoom on Monday, Feb 22, 2021 with nearly 90 attendees!  

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This work begins by understanding and addressing the different levels at which racism operates and how white supremacy impacts organizational culture. (To receive further resources and news on related trainings, add your name to our waitlist for Frameworks For Addressing Organizational Inequity.)

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