If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my more than 15 years of supporting the tech community in Charlottesville, it’s that intelligent, curious minded people not only enjoy getting together to socialize, collaborate, share ideas and form professional relationships, but that its necessary for their growth and sometimes even their survival. And what better way to do it than over a frothy, adult beverage!
Producing regular mixers – with a balance of c-level executives, technologist of all skill levels, aspiring and seasoned entrepreneurs and those who support the tech ecosystem – is a basic yet vital component of attracting and retaining a highly skilled workforce. It’s one element of what’s helped Charlottesville become the flourishing tech hub it is today.
So, CBIC organizes happy hours and other activities designed specifically for innovators and the high-tech community and is delighted to announce an even more diverse and exciting line up of programs for the next year. The mix of events will:
- continue to cover key issues that drive success for technology-based businesses
- gather technology enthusiasts and entrepreneurs and at all stages of company growth and venture creation
- provide a broader range of offerings including morning, lunchtime and evening events
Here are some of the recurring events you can count on CBIC to host this year…
Charlottesville Entrepreneurs and Espresso or Ce2: A brand new monthly series of caffeine fueled networking and learning sessions for entrepreneurs at all stages of venture creation. Experienced entrepreneurs, aspiring founders, investors, and advisors come together to get energized, meet each other, share lessons learned, and become a bigger part of Charlottesville’s vibrant and growing entrepreneurial ecosystem. Held at the Darden i.Lab at U.Va. from 8:00-10:00 a.m. every 3rd Tuesday and produced in partnership with the Community Investment Collaborative (CIC) and the Darden i.Lab.
Tech Night Takeovers (TNT): These events feature a one-hour talk show style panel or presenter with audience participation preceded and/or followed by networking. Held monthly last year, TNTs will now be held quarterly, and will vary between brown bag lunches and evening mixers at various locations.
#CvilleTechOnTap: A monthly series of happy hours held every 2nd Tuesday from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the tech community’s favorite watering holes in the downtown Charlottesville area. These mixers are designed specifically for the entrepreneurial, high-tech community and are open to all tech businesses, employees, technologists, and anyone interested in our region's tech scene and will include pre-negotiated food and beverage discounts for all registered attendees.