• Job Growth, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation Honored at 2017 CBIC Gala

    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.

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  • Chickapig Creator to Headline CBIC Awards Gala

    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.

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  • 2017 CBIC Award Finalists Announced

    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.

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  • AMPEL BioSolutions and ArcheMedX Form Partnership

    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.

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  • Small Business Jobs Grant Fund

    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.

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  • Thrive Conference for Virginia Biosciences

    Attend THRIVE, Virginia Bio’s one-of-a-kind statewide conference where hundreds of executives from large companies to startups, healthcare providers, nonprofits, research universities, public sector, professional service providers, and an extensive group of large investors will be – ALL UNDER ONE ROOF! 

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  • Medical Research Firm Growing Fast Since Move to Charlottesville

    Paul Bishop and Lyle Camblos moved their 30-person medical research company from Staunton to Charlottesville nearly four years ago to be closer to their labor pool and attract new employees. Since then, the Atlantic Research Group, which manages Food and Drug Administration clinical trials for drug companies bringing new products to market, has added about 50 employees and has no plans to slow down. The group saw nearly 50 percent growth last year, company officials said, and expects about 30 percent in 2017. 


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  • Local Accelerator Looks to Retain Local Talent

    Lawrence Levine pulled in large outside investments in SecurePipe, the information security firm he founded in Charlottesville in 1996, the financial windfall came with a price. Levine, now a member of the Charlottesville Angel Network investment group, spent the next few years bouncing around the country, as new investments had him heading to new towns. After the 2015 sale of SecurePipe, now called Trustwave, to Singapore Telephone, Levine has returned to Charlottesville and wants to give local companies reasons to stay in town. A serial entrepreneur, Levine last year founded Cville Machine, a startup accelerator on Market Street that eventually will include a fund to get new companies through their Series A investment round.

    Read the full story on Cville Tomorrow



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  • Albemarle to Pursue Creation of Broadband Authority

    The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors has taken a step toward forming a public body to help expand high-speed internet service across the county. “If the board wants to take another step in the direction of doing something about broadband, a wireless service authority might be something to consider,” said Deputy County Executive Bill Letteri.

    Click here for the full story on Charlottesville Tomorrow's Website

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  • Main Street Arena to Become Beacon for Innovative Startups and Tech Enterprises

    Thursday, March 2, 2017Charlottesville, VA. Taliaferro Junction, LLC, and Jaffray Woodriff, announce the purchase of Main Street Arena, comprising the land and building at 230 West Main Street on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall.

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  • Meriwether Startup Podcast Episode 2: Payam Pourtaheri, CoFounder of AgroSpheres

    AgroSpheres is developing a biotech solution to degrade pesticides and has won numerous startup and innovation prizes. I was fortunate enough to catch up with one of the Founders, Payam Pourtaheri, right after AgroSpheres won the Charlottesville stop of the Velocity Tour. Payam's story gives some incredible insight into how both UVA and Charlottesville has changed over the past few years in regards to entrepreneurship.

    After we recorded the interview, AgroSpheres went on to win the Collegiate Inventors Competition. For an article about their victory click here.

    AgroSpheres' Team includes: Dr. Mark Kester, Payam Pourtaheri, Ameer Shakeel, Shaun Moshasha, Joey Frank, Zach Davis, Zepehr Zomorodi, and Reese Blackwell.

    Meriwether Startup Report is a series of conversations with founders and those who support startups here in Charlottesville.

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  • 2017 Tom Tom Founders Festival: April 10-16



    For one week over Founder’s Day (April 13), the city of Charlottesville is re-imagined as a creative canvas for innovators, visionaries and artists. With over 60 bands, 200 speakers and 400 community organizations, the Festival spills through outdoor spaces, theaters, galleries, concert halls and more. Through a diversity of disciplines and engagement with forward thinking makers and doers, we build on the rich history of the city while chart a new path into the future.

    THE FOUNDERS SUMMIT: April 13-15

    More than fifty inspiring innovators over three transformative days.

    CBIC is a proud sponsor of the Founders Summit. For $15 off tickets, use CBIC's Discount Code: FSORGS  ​

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  • Charlottesville: The Little Tech Engine that Could

    Beyond the many accolades that are heaped on Charlottesville as a great place to live (happiest town in America, best place to live in the country, the most beautiful college campus in the US, one of the hippest mid-size towns … and the list goes on …), Charlottesville is emerging as a mini-tech powerhouse. From student entrepreneurs to startups to some of the fastest growing tech companies in America, Charlottesville’s tech scene is thriving.

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  • Cville Ranks #1 in VC Funding Growth

    According to this report by the National Venture Capital Association, nine companies in the Charlottesville, VA MSA received $27.7 million in venture funding in 2015. That makes Charlottesville #1 out of 133 MSAs in both the greatest growth (at 55.2 percent ) and the greatest rate of growth as measured by venture investment dollars with a 156.5 percent increase since 2010.

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  • 1 Gala 2017 WINA Coverage
  • 2 Job Growth, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation Honored at 2017 CBIC Gala
  • 3 Chickapig Creator to Headline CBIC Awards Gala
  • 4 2017 CBIC Award Finalists Announced
  • 5 AMPEL BioSolutions and ArcheMedX Form Partnership
  • 6 Small Business Jobs Grant Fund
  • 7 Thrive Conference for Virginia Biosciences
  • 8 Medical Research Firm Growing Fast Since Move to Charlottesville
  • 9 Local Accelerator Looks to Retain Local Talent
  • 10 Albemarle to Pursue Creation of Broadband Authority
  • 11 Main Street Arena to Become Beacon for Innovative Startups and Tech Enterprises
  • 12 Meriwether Startup Podcast Episode 2: Payam Pourtaheri, CoFounder of AgroSpheres
  • 13 2017 Tom Tom Founders Festival: April 10-16
  • 14 Charlottesville: The Little Tech Engine that Could
  • 15 Cville Ranks #1 in VC Funding Growth


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    The Charlottesville area is recognized for its exceptional high-tech community and entrepreneurial spirit. CBIC is proud to spotlight leadership in these areas annually through the highly anticipated CBIC Awards.
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    Tech Tour

    CBIC's annual Tech Tour is all about igniting local students' interest in technology-related careers and showing the variety of opportunities available in our community to pursue their passions.
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    This event (free + happy hour specials) provides an opportunity for tech-minded people to network.
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Scivera helping industry choose greener, safer chemicals

May 20, 2017

Mass-produced consumer products — from cellphones to SUVs — are made from a vast assortment of synthetic materials, which in turn are composed of any number of chemicals. Some of these chemicals are known to be...

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CBIC Awards Gala recognizes standouts in entrepreneurship, education

May 18, 2017

The Charlottesville Business Innovation Council recognized some of the area’s most successful businesses and entrepreneurs at its annual awards gala. CBIC is a membership-based nonprofit organization that promotes innovation and entrepreneurship and supports technology-focused organizations in...

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Civic Access using business to promote inclusion, empowerment of deaf people

May 13, 2017

A Charlottesville business providing services for the deaf and hard of hearing is mobilizing resources to empower the deaf community and affect societal change. Civic Access helps businesses and public entities in Central Virginia comply with...

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City of Promise executive director to depart

May 08, 2017

Sarad Davenport, the first executive director of Charlottesville’s City of Promise initiative, will leave the community for a new job next week.  Davenport will become associate director for culture and connections at Communities in Schools, a...

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Brain Architecture Game shows importance of support, positive experiences

May 06, 2017

A Charlottesville preschool recently invited the public to build “brains” in a game designed to raise awareness of mental development in early childhood. Our Neighborhood Child Development Center on Ivy Road hosted 10 rounds of the...

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Mixed results for local pop-up shops, restaurants

May 06, 2017

This story is part of our #CvilleCurious project. You ask the questions, you vote on the questions you're most curious about, and we answer. To ask your question, visit the CvilleCurious page. This question came from...

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