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Expanded Showcase for Central Virginia Entrepreneurs

Limited Spots Available – Applications Due May 4, 2015

The Charlottesville Business Innovation Council (CBIC) is expanding its popular "Innovators' Row" at the annual CBIC Awards Gala to be held on Thursday, May 21. In keeping with the theme, "A Night of Inspiration," this year's event honors Central Virginia entrepreneurs, educators, and organizations that contribution significantly to the region's innovation ecosystem.

Expanded this year, as many as 24 area entrepreneurs and companies will have a chance to showcase their products and innovations at CBIC's Innovators' Row.

Each participant selected for Innovators Row will be provided table space during the gala's pre-ceremony reception with opportunities to discuss their innovations with the assembled investors, entrepreneurs, educators, and business and civic leaders. About 300 technology and innovation movers & shakers are expected to attend the CBIC Awards Gala. This year's Gala will be in a bigger venue— the Boar's Head Inn— and features several new award categories.

Applications to be considered for participation in CBIC's Innovators Row are due by midnight Monday, May 4, 2015. There is no cost to apply; however, selected participants will pay $50 for exhibit space on Innovators Row and will need to purchase a gala ticket for each person who participates from their company. Selected companies will be notified on May 7, 2015 and promoted via CBIC's social media channels.

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Rub Elbows with Inspiring Award Nominees

Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Matt Hantzmon, Coronal Group (formerly HelioSage)
  • Deb McMahon, Scitent

Business of the Year

  • Coronal Group (formerly HelioSage)
  • FireEye (formerly nPulse Technologies)
  • WillowTree, Inc.

Innovator of the Year

  • Horn
  • Maternity Neighborhood
  • OpenQ/Social SafeGuard

Startup of the Year

  • Center for Open Science
  • Moonlighting LLC
  • PsiKick

Top Job Creator of the Year

  • Apex Clean Energy, Inc.
  • Center for Open Science
  • Tech Dynamism

Educator of the Year

  • Katina Dudley, Monticello High School
  • Anne Geraty, Meriweather Lewis Elementary School
  • Karen Heathcock, Broadus Wood Elementary School

Student Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Daniel Willson
  • Nick Anglin
  • Zach Scheibel

Social Good Award

  • BioTrep
  • Bubuti, LLC
  • FireEye
  • Rivanna Natural Designs
  • Kim Wilkens

The CBIC Awards Gala sells out every year, according to CBIC executive director, Tracey Greene. Advanced ticket sales indicate that this year will be no exception, despite the expanded venue. Greene, co-chair of the gala, explains the importance of the annual event to central Virginia:

"Central Virginia innovators are creating jobs, and revolutionizing entire industries while generating prosperity for area families, schools, and organizations. It's wonderful that we come together once a year to recognize their contributions to our communities."

Tickets for the 2015 CBIC Awards Gala are still available online from the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council; however, this event sells out annually, so get your tickets before they disappear.

Event FAQs:

Innovators' Row: 5:15 – 7:15 pm, Thursday, May 21, 2015 at the CBIC Awards Gala, Boar's Head Inn. Each exhibitor selected is required to have a representative at their table during the reception. Four feet of table space, electric power and WiFi will be available. Participating exhibitors must purchase tickets in advance. Tickets to the gala are NOT available at the door. A cash bar is available. In the event of rain, the reception and exhibits will be moved indoors.

Attire: Cocktail and business dressy attire are appropriate.

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