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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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Collaborating to Compete

Throughout my career I’ve had the tremendous opportunity to promote all things Virginia. The many times I have visited Charlottesville – there’s always a feeling about the community, you’ve really got it going on. Through increased collaboration, the environment for innovation and entrepreneurship in Charlottesville will only intensify the ability to compete.

In the recent book “The Metropolitan Revolution,” and the conversation many enjoyed with Bruce Katz of the Brookings Institute during his visit to Richmond last year, it is said there are three things to help ignite a metropolitan revolution: create a network where everyone moves in the same lanes together; celebrate and champion the distinctive feature for the region; and figure out the game changer.

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Cville Tech, Innovation, Startup & Entrepreneur Resources

As the executive director of CBIC, I'm often asked, "Where do the local tech and entrepreneurial people meet up and how can I stay informed about local happenings?" On behalf of CBIC, I curate a weekly opt-in e-newsletter, which provides answers and insights into these very questions. In addition, we maintain this inventory of active groups, meet-ups, funding sources, online forums, jobs boards, and more that collectively stitch together and inform our tech, entrepreneurial and innovation-based start-up ecosystem: 

Meetups

beCamp annual unconference @ http://becamp.org/

beCraft (Cville Professional Software Developers) Meetup @ http://becville.com/

CBIC Tech Night Takeover (TNT) @ http://cvilleinnovation.org/tnt 

Central Virginia Makers Meetup @ http://www.meetup.com/tinkersmiths/

Charlottesville Entrepreneurs and Espresso (CE2) @ https://ce2.squarespace.com/ 

The Charlottesville Mobile App Designers & Developers Meetup @ http://www.meetup.com/cho-mobile/ 

Cville Data Science Meetup @ http://www.cvilledatascience.org/

#CvilleTechOnTap @ http://cvilleinnovation.org/techontap Newsplex Story Featuring CBIC's TechOnTap  

Cville Women in Tech @ https://www.smore.com/pqexp-women-in-tech

DevOps @ http://www.meetup.com/DevOpsCV/

First Wednesdays @ http://www.meetup.com/First-Wednesdays-Charlottesville-Technologists/

Girl Develop IT @ https://www.girldevelopit.com/chapters/central-virginia 

NEON Guild @ http://www.neonguild.org/ 

PyCHO Meetup @ http://pycho.us

Tinkersmiths (an edgy makerspace) @ http://www.meetup.com/tinkersmiths/ 

 

Startup Funding & Legal Sources

Charlottesville Angel Network (CAN) @ http://www.cvilleangelnetwork.net/ 

Center for Innovative Technologies (CIT) Gap Funds @ http://www.cit.org/service-lines/cit-gap-funds/ 

Center for Innovative Technologies (CIT) Funding Programs News @ http://www.cit.org/resource-center/federal-funding-newsletter/ 

Center for Innovative Technologies (CIT) Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) @ http://www.cit.org/initiatives/crcf/ 

Community Investment Collaborative Microloans: http://www.cicville.org/microloans/cic-loans 

Legal Document Generator by Cooley: https://www.cooleygo.com/documents/ (Advisor Agreements, Consulting Agreements, Employee Offer Letter, NDAs, etc.) 

 

Incubators, Accelerators and Entrepreneurial Startup Spaces

Charlottesville Technology Incubator (CTI), downtown Charlottesville @ http://cvilletechincubator.org/ 

Charlottesville Open Bio Labs @ http://openbiolabs.org/ 

Cville Machine (software tech accelerator) downtown Charlottesville @ http://cvillemachine.com

Studio IX (coworking space) @ http://www.studioix.co/ 

i.Lab at U.Va @ http://www.ilabatuva.org/ 

U.Va. Research Parks @ http://www.uvafoundation.com/research-parks/research-parks-available-space/ 

U.Va. Cobb Hall Labs contact Steven S. Wasserman @ ssw3an@virginia.edu or 434-243-7088

U.Va. HackCville @ http://www.hackcville.com/ 

 

Entrepreneurial Training/Workshops/Bootcamps

Community Investment Collaborative http://www.cicville.org/ 

Girl Develop It Central VA @ http://www.meetup.com/Girl-Develop-It-CentralVA/#

Rails School @ http://www.railsschool.org/

Piedmont Virginia Community College http://www.pvcc.edu/programs/category 

 

News Sources, Online Forums, Slack Channels, Google Groups, Etc

Cville Tech News, Events, and Happenings curated and published by CBIC @ http://tinyurl.com/ownjcv9

Cville Innovation Google Group @ https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/cville-innovation   

beCamp @ https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/103105522986848734172

beCraft @ https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/beCraft (members only)

CharlottesvilleTech on Reddit @ https://www.reddit.com/r/CharlottesvilleTech/ 

CWIT @ https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=en#!forum/cv-wit (members only)

Girl Develop IT Central VA Slack Channel: gdicentralva.slack.com

Third Wednesday Digital Meetup @ http://cvilletech.qiqochat.com/  

NEON Guild @ http://www.neonguild.org/  (members only)

tech-diversity @ https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=en#!forum/tech-diversity (members only)

CBIC LinkedIn Group @ https://www.linkedin.com/groups/CBIC-Charlottesville-Business-Innovation-Council-37229/about

 

Events Calendars 

Cville Tech Events Calendar @ http://www.cvilleinnovation.org/cville-tech-events

Tech Girls Events Calendar @ http://www.tech-girls.org/events.html 

U.Va. Innovation's Calendar of Regional Events @ http://innovation.virginia.edu/events  

 

Jobs & Internships

CBIC’s #CvilleTechJobs @ http://tinyurl.com/ofboj8h

U.Va. Research Park Tenant's Jobs and Internships @ http://www.uvaresearchpark.com/jobs/ 

LinkedIn Tech Jobs in Charlottesville @ https://www.linkedin.com/job/tech-jobs-charlottesville-va/ 

    

Company and Startup Lists in Charlottesville

Cvillization Innovation Map: http://www.cvillization.com 

Charlottesville Startups Via Crunchbase 

Charlottesville Startups Via Gust 

Charlottesville Startups Via AngelList 

CIT Portfolio Companies: http://www.cit.org/service-lines/portfolio/ 

i.Lab at U.Va. Current Companies 

i.Lab at U.Va. Alumni Companies 

U.Va. Spin Out Startups or Related Ventures 

CBIC Members 

Charlottesville Biotech Companies via CvilleBioHub 

Why Charlottesville? #CvilleTech Acquisitions, Exits, Wins, Accolades 

Charlottesville Named Best American City to Work in Tech by Smart Asset (2015 & 2016) 

Charlottesville Named No. 4 in US as Best City for Entrepreneurs by Livability and Entrepreneur Magazine (July 2016)

Virginia Business Magazine: A new story line? (June 2016)

Tech Scene Updates from Tracey Greene on WINA (June 2016) 

Cville Ranks #1 in Venture Capital Funding Growth (2016)

#CvilleTechToast: A growing list of tech startup successes (ongoing)  

Why Charlottesville is a Great home For Tech Businesses (2015)

SNL Financial Acquired by McGraw Hill for $2.2 Billion (2015)  

FireEye's Acquisition of nPulse Technologies Valued at $70 Million (2014) 

Angels among us: How Charlottesville is becoming a hot spot for start-ups (2013) 

Silverchair Learning Systems Acquired by Vista Equity Partners (2012)  

Green Light Energy Acquired by PB for $98 Million (2006)

 

Do you know of other local resources, groups, meetups, training, calendars jobs boards, we should add to this list? Comment below!

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