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Live and Local Spring 2017 Events to Inspire Youth in Tech

  • March 11 - Girls' Geek Day at Cale Elementary School. GGD is all about sparking elementary school girls interest in technology and computing by providing a fun, collaborative, hands-on environment to learn new tech skills and helping them connect to other STEM programs in the community. Registration required.
  • March 17 (new date) - Hidden Figures featured at PVCC Free Movie Night starting at 7:30pm. "Hidden Figures" recounts the story of three brilliant African-American women at NASA -- Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson -- who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. More info.
  • March 18 - Engineering Open House at UVA is an opportunity for visitors to meet faculty and staff, interact with current students, take tours of state-of-the-art facilities, and attend interesting exhibits, presentations and demonstrations. The event is free and open to the public, and high school students are encouraged to register.
  • March 18 - Coding Decoded: Tinker with Code, 2pm at Central Library. Learn basic coding concepts using Ozobots, Scratch & More. No experience necessary. For grades 4-8. Registration required & begins Feb 18 (434-979-7151x3 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
  • April 13 - TomTom Youth Summit. This student planned and student led Summit is open and free to K-12 students. It will include engaging speakers, hands-on workshops, student showcases, student business pitches and a student community innovation challenge. Registration required.
  • April 14 - TomTom Founder’s Summit will feature Anne-Marie Slaughter, author of Unfinished Business: Women, Men, Work, Family and Laura Weidman Powers, Co-founder and CEO of CODE2040. During Women’s History month, women can use the 50% discount code (FSWOMEN) during registration.
  • April 15 -- She Started It Screening & Panel Discussion starting at 10:30am. She Started It is a feature length documentary film on women tech entrepreneurs, that aims to highlight successful role models for young women. It is the first film to show the behind the scenes of running a tech start-up as a young woman. This event is free and open to the public, but please reserve your ticket.
  • April 21 - 2017 Women in STEM Conference is an opportunity for girls in middle school to connect with local women in the science and engineering fields. More info & RSVP to Heather Aquith (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
  • April 23 - Ladies in the Lab at UVA. Mark your calendars now, so you don’t miss this awesome afternoon of all things Science, Technology, Engineering and Math hosted by female engineers from UVA. More details coming soon.
  • April 29 - Girls' Geek Day at Crozet Elementary School. Registration required.
  • May 15 (deadline) - The 4th annual Bio-Med Tech-Girls will take place the week of August 7. This experience provides an opportunity for high school students to get a hands-on, behind-the-scenes peek at biomedical research happening right now at UVA. Apply now.

For a current or updated list of events, visit the Tech Girls Website

8th Annual Darden E-Conference: Ideation. Execution. Persistence.

Friday, February 17th, 8:00 am - 2:00 pm at The Rotunda at the University of Virginia

Come and engage with entrepreneurs, designers, investors and aspiring creators like yourself. Whether you are building a business now or just want to learn something new, this is the conference for you. This year’s keynote speaker is W.L. Lyons Brown (Darden MBA '87), Founder and CEO of Altamar Brands.

Other speakers include Claire Mitchell and Sara Yeatman Currier (Co-Founders of TreadHAPPY); Cristof Meyer (Senior Director Strategy & Innovation at Egg Strategy); Brett Brohl (Director Startup Next Food and Tech at Techstars); Jim Cheng (Co-Founding Partner at CAV Angels); Christian Duffus (Co-Founder at LEAF College Savings); and Joel Selzer (CEO and Co-Founder at ArcheMedX).

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SafeSharp, Developer of Gel to Dissolve Syringe Needles and Destroy its Pathogens, is Entering its Initial Fundraising Period

A new company with a global safety and environmental mission, SafeSharp LLC, is announcing its initial fundraising period commences September 22, 2016, to bring its breakthrough technology to market. SafeSharp is entering its initial public fundraising round, to fund additional patents and to begin field testing of the SafeSharp Dissolver Gel and optimal delivery methods.

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WillowTree Cited as 1 of 7 US Companies with Ecstatic Employees

August, 2016: Mint Life recently teamed up with Glassdoor to determine the best U.S companies to work for according to its employees, and Charlottesville's own WillowTree was cited as one of 7! Whether you’re on the hunt for your first job, or simply looking to shift gears, here’s a selection of Glassdoor’s “Best Places to Work 2016” winners, chosen by those who know a company best – employees.

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NWG Hires New Director of Technology

Charlottesville, VA – May, 2016 – NWG Solutions is excited to announce that Teddy Rivkin has joined our dependable team to further develop IT services and relationships in the ever changing world of technology. Teddy has more than 25 years of experience managing Information Technology. As a previous owner of a Charlottesville computer service company, and overseeing Musictoday's e-commerce operations as Chief Technology Officer, Teddy is uniquely positioned to guide the growing technical team at NWG Solutions in support of our clients throughout Central Virginia. We look forward to continuing to raise your expectations as your profoundly dependable IT partners, with our new Director of Technology. NWG Solutions, founded in 2001 by Ben Thomas,is an IT Company in downtown Charlottesville with a unique focus—dependable service and solutions for all of your IT needs. 

Contact:

Aimee Dumaresq
Office Manager and Media Communications
434.979.0555
adumaresq@nwgsolutions

Diffusion Pharmaceuticals Merger Agreement

Buffalo Grove, Illinois and Charlottesville, Virginia (December 15, 2015) – RestorGenex Corporation (OTCQX: RESX) and Diffusion Pharmaceuticals LLC, a privately-held biotechnology company, announced today that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which a newly formed subsidiary of RestorGenex will merge with and into Diffusion in an all-stock transaction, with Diffusion surviving as a wholly owned subsidiary of RestorGenex.

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MadiDrop: A portable solution to a potable issue

MadiDrop, a Charlottesville startup business, is on the threshold of positively affecting the lives of potentially billions of people worldwide. MadiDrop is a porous, biodegradable ceramic tablet designed to release silver ions that will disinfect water. One tablet can be reused continuously for six months, potentially purifying about 500 gallons of water. 

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Cavion LLC Closes $5M Round of Convertible Debt

Cavion LLC, a pharmaceutical company developing T-type calcium channel inhibitors for the treatment of neurologic diseases and solid tumor cancers, announced today that it has closed a $5 million private placement of convertible notes with new and existing investors. The proceeds will be used to expand Cavion’s platform of T-type calcium channel inhibitors through licensing and the development of new chemical entities and to support clinical trials in neurology and brain cancer. Cavion has raised over $18 million from private investors throughout the United States and received over $15 million in non-dilutive resources.

“Our investors appreciate Cavion’s mission to bring relief to patients suffering from cancer and neurologic diseases such as peripheral neuropathy and Parkinson’s,” stated Cavion President and CEO Andrew Krouse. “We are excited by their support for Cavion in this critical period as we develop multiple T-type calcium channel inhibitors and prepare for clinical trials in brain cancer and neurology that will launch in 2016.”

Oct 29, 2015: Driving Innovation in Your Organization with Design Thinking with Jeanne Liedtka 

WHEN: Thursday, October 29, 7:00 PM

WHERE: CitySpace, 100 5th St NE, Charlottesville, Virginia

When companies and organizations try to innovate with a new business strategy, they often stumble and fail to produce the results they anticipated. Jeanne Liedtka, strategist and professor at the Darden School of the University of Virginia, will present how many companies have learned to merge business and design into Design Thinking, one of the hottest topics in the business world. Accelerated by the spectacular rise of Apple and IDEO, Design Thinking is a proven and repeatable problem-solving protocol that great organizations employ to achieve extraordinary results. Jeanne will discuss the process of using design techniques like observation, brainstorming, prototyping, experimentation and learning to uncover truly innovative and successful solutions.

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