A sexual harassment scandal sweeping the Silicon Valley startup world intensified on Monday as high-profile investor Dave McClure resigned from his firm, 500 Startups, while another partner quit in protest and a second female entrepreneur came forward with allegations of misconduct.

McClure’s resignation came after entrepreneur Sarah Kunst accused the investor of sexual harassment in a New York Times story published on Friday. 500 Startups initially responded by saying it had previously demoted McClure after an investigation.

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Live & Local

  • June 26-30 - The Art of Code: Tech-Girls Experience provides an opportunity for middle school girls to get hands-on with coding through art. Paint a masterpiece, create a symphony of sound, animate an avatar and so much more! Registration info.
  • June 30 - Tech Petting Zoo at Northside Library from 2:00-3:30pmMore info.
  • July 6 - Summertime STEM at Scottsville Library. Registration required.
  • July 6 - Lego Coding Unplugged at Gordon Avenue Library from3:00-4:00pmRegistration required.
  • July 17 - 3D Print Jewelry at Gordon Avenue Library from 6:30-7:30pmRegistration required.
  • July 17 - 3D Printing 101 at Northside Library from 6:30-7:30pmRegistration recommended.
  • July - Design-A-Bot at Crozet Library. More info.
  • Ongoing - Tinkering with Tech at Central Library from 4:30-5:30pm, second Wednesdays. More info.
  • Ongoing - Dare to Design STEAM at Central Library from 2:30-3:30pm, second and fourth Wednesdays. Registration required.
  • Ongoing - Tween Scene: STEAM at Louisa County Library from4:00-5:00pm, second Tuesdays. More info.
  • Ongoing - Northside Makerspace at Northside Library Tuesdays at6:00-8:00pm, Thursdays at 3:00-5:00pm & Saturdays 10:30am-12:30pm. Ages 11+ and patrons must be accompanied by adult 16 or order.

Virtual & Global

  • August 19Summer Hackathon. BigParser is running a high school hackathon at Microsoft, Chevy Chase, MD. The hackathon will take place from 8:30am to 10:30pm.
  • Ongoing - Mozilla Clubsjoin others in your community to learn how to read, write and participate on the web. Find a club near you or start one yourself!
  • Ongoing - Made with Code for classes & workshops geared toward girls.
  • Ongoing - The Connectory, find an opportunity near you to connect your child to STEM learning.

In withdrawing from the Paris climate change accords, the Trump Administration has claimed it’s putting American jobs and consumers first and preventing the decimation of vital U.S. industries. However, President Trump’s decision may have the opposite effect and discourage innovation, job creation and investment in energy, especially green industries of the future. 

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (PRWEB) VividCortex, the database monitoring company that helps businesses improve performance, availability, and uptime, today announced that the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council (CBIC) has named Baron Schwartz, VividCortex founder and CEO, "Entrepreneur of the Year" at the 19th Annual CBIC Awards Gala last week.

“It’s a privilege to receive this award,” said Schwartz. “When I founded VividCortex, I chose Charlottesville for our headquarters because of the obvious advantages. We enjoy benefits like great quality of life, a top-quality research university, easy commutes, low cost of living, and a very forward-thinking community and civic leadership in general. These things are attractive to employees, and that makes Charlottesville attractive to businesses. CBIC celebrates and amplifies this culture of creativity. I owe a lot to CBIC and Charlottesville, who have supported me and our whole team from day one.”

Local Entrepreneurs Celebrate a Good Year with Good Causes

(Charlottesville, VA) -- The cash and champagne were flowing Thursday night, May 18, 2017 as Central Virginia's leading innovators toasted the recipients of the 2017 CBIC Awards and CBIC gave away $7,500 in scholarships and grants supporting science and technology education and student entrepreneurship. The annual event's inspirational speaker was Charlottesville's own Brian Calhoun, co-founder of Rockbridge Guitars and inventor of the board game craze, Chikapig.

Luthier to the Stars Also Behind Board Game Startup      

Brian Calhoun, the local creator of the national board game craze Chickapig, will be the featured Inspirational Innovator at the 19th Annual CBIC Awards at the Boar's Head Inn honoring Central Virginia's most innovative organizations, startups, and individuals. Calhoun is also the co-founder of Rockbridge Guitars headquartered in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Area Entrepreneurs, Businesses and Educators Recognized for Leadership, Innovation

The Charlottesville Business Innovation Council (CBIC) is pleased to release a list of finalists for the 19th Annual CBIC Awards. 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 Volunteer of the Year, which is announced during the gala.

AMPEL BioSolutions, a leading translational medicine and clinical operations company and ArcheMedX, a digital platform for effective online health care education and training programs, today announced a new collaboration to transform clinical trial recruitment and retention by enabling research sites to more effectively educate and continually engage clinical staff and patients.

While the male birth control pill is still a fiction, a new company called Contraline is working to make at least one non-surgical, reversible birth control procedure a reality. Contraline is the culmination of four years of research conducted by the company’s chief executive, Kevin Eisenfrats, at the University of Virginia.

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The Small Business Jobs Grant Fund, a program within the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity, was created by Delegate Steve Landes in 2010 to give grants to qualified small businesses to help offset some of the costs of hiring new employees. This is a performance-based program designed to encourage small businesses to create jobs and spur economic development within the Commonwealth.

What could $750,000 do for you as an entrepreneur, early and small business, and would-be market disrupter?

Introducing “Pitch Pop-up,” a bi-monthly event, orchestrated largely through social media, that will bring together entrepreneurs throughout the Commonwealth at varying locations to pitch their ideas to a guest-panel of business leaders and investors. And as an added bonus, a $1,000 award will be bestowed to the best “idea” at each Pop-up event. 

Visit the Competition’s webpage at: http://focusedagility.solutions/agile-competition/.

Notice of Intent to Compete and registration period ends April 3, 2017.

 

March 14th Tech on Tap Postponed until Friday, March, 17th
New Venue: Tin Whistle + Courtyard of Cville Machine