Virginia’s most innovative entrepreneurs honored at “Year of Entrepreneur” event: 16 winners from the Charlottesville region!
December 13, 2012 – The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced today the winners of the GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards, a statewide award program designed to identify and celebrate Virginia’s next generation of entrepreneurs who are creating high-growth companies.
Part of Governor Bob McDonnell’s “Year of the Entrepreneur” initiative, the GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards luncheon recognized over 50 awardees out of 272 finalists that were nominated from various regions throughout the Commonwealth. Initially, over 800 entrepreneurs were nominated. A peer voting process selected the winners.
CIT President and CEO Pete Jobse said, “We are honored to recognize these entrepreneurs today as part of the Year of the Entrepreneur and the CIT GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards. They represent Virginia’s thriving community of innovative entrepreneurs who are laying the foundation for a bright economic future.”
Lt. Governor Bill Bolling and Steve Case, co-founder of America Online (AOL) and current Chairman of Revolution LLC, a venture capital firm, presented the awards and spoke to the audience about the importance of encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship within the community.
The following finalists were awarded (bold indicates entrepreneurs from the Charlottesville region):
• Jonathan Aberman, Managing Director of Amplifier Ventures
• Hussein Ahmed, Founder and CEO of KustomNote.com
• Eddie Amos, Senior Vice President and CTO of Meridium
• Sid Banerjee, CEO of ClaraBridge
• Ed Barrientos, CEO of Brazen Careerist
• Marti Beller, Co-founder and CEO of PlanG
• Brett Blackman, Co-founder and CSO of HemoShear, LLC
• Kevin Bloomfield, President and CEO of NetVentures
• Danny Boice, Co-founder and CTO of Speek
• Michael Bor, Founder and CEO of Car Lotz
• John Bracken, CEO of Speek
• Martin Chapman, President and CEO of Indoor Biotechnologies
• Francois Chenard, President of IRflex Corporation
• Duke Chung, CEO of Parature
• Mathew Dellorso, Founder and CEO of FundRoom.com
• Tobias Dengel, CEO of WillowTree Apps
• Eric Edwards, Co-founder and Vice President of Intelliject, Inc.
• Sam English, President and CEO of AttentionPoint
• John Feminella, CTO of Cardagin Networks
• Kristin Fitch, CEO of ZiggityZoom
• Ric Fleisher, Co-founder of Urgnt.ly
• Will Fuentes, CEO of Lemur IMS
• Larkin Garbee, Founder of 804RVA
• Christine Goodwin, Co-founder and CEO of WishStars
• Uday Gupta, President of Global Cell Solutions
• Adam Healey, Co-founder of Borrowed & Blue
• Angel Henderson, CEO of Arc DNA
• John Christian Herr, Professor of Cell Biology at University of Virginia
• Brittany Hoffman, Founder and CEO of D8Night
• Tom Hough, CEO of Evatran
• Matt Howard, Founder and CEO of ZoomSafer
• Crystal Icenhour, President and CSO of Phthisis Diagnostics
• Brett Jackson, President and CEO of LogiXML
• Doug Juanarena, Vice President of RackSpace Hosting
• Julie Kantor, CSO of Barrel of Jobs
• Joshua Konowe, Founder and CEO of Uppidy
• Andrew Krouse, President and CEO of Tau Therapeautics
• Nathan Latka, Co-founder and CEO of Heyo
• Peter Lazar, CEO of eBroselow
• Jack Lesko, Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies at Virginia Tech
• Sean McElrath, Co-founder and CEO of Hallway
• Edwin Miller, Founder and CEO of 9Lenses, LLC
• Zack Miller, Managing Director of Hatch Norfolk
• Andrew Montalenti, CTO of Parse.ly
• James Neel, President of Cognitive Radio Technologies
• Minh Nguyen, Founder and CEO of Syllabuster
• James Powers, CEO of HemoShear, LLC
• Michael Prichard, Founder and CTO of WillowTree Apps
• Caroline Pugh, COO of VirtualU
• James Quigley, CEO of Canvas
• Sandy Reisky, CEO of Apex Wind Energy
• Bob Summers, Chief Geek of Friendeo
• Charlie Thomas, CEO of RazorSight
• D.P. Venkatesh, CEO of mPortal, Inc.
• William Walker, President of HemoSonics, LLC
• Brian Wamhoff, Co-founder of HemoShear,LLC
• Jim Zuffoletti, President of OpenQ
The awards program is part of Governor Bob McDonnell’s “Year of the Entrepreneur,” which highlights the role of entrepreneurs in growing Virginia’s economy. The “Year of the Entrepreneur” program promotes Virginia as the ideal business climate for innovators to turn their ideas into job-creating businesses. To learn more about the “Year of the Entrepreneur,” visit www.governor.virginia.gov/yoe; for the GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards, visit: www.gap50.com.
CIT GAP Funds is the driving force behind the entrepreneur awards. CIT GAP Funds places seed-stage equity investments in Virginia’s top life science, technology and energy enterprises, driving economic development and innovation statewide. For more information on CIT GAP Funds, please see: www.citgapfunds.org.
About CIT GAP Funds, www.citgapfunds.org
CIT GAP funds makes seed-stage equity investments in Virginia-based technology, clean tech and life science companies with a high potential for achieving rapid growth and generating significant economic return for entrepreneurs, co-investors and the Commonwealth of Virginia. CIT GAP Funds investments are overseen by the CIT GAP Funds Investment Advisory Board (IAB). This independent, third-party panel consists of leading regional entrepreneurs, angel and strategic investors, and venture capital funds such as: New Enterprise Associates, Grotech Ventures, Revolution Ventures, Valhalla Partners, Harbert Venture Partners, HIG Ventures, Edison Ventures, In-Q-Tel, Intersouth Partners, SJF Ventures, Cariion Clinic, Johnson & Johnson, General Electric and Alpha Natural Resources.
About the Center for Innovative Technology, www.cit.org
CIT is a nonprofit corporation that accelerates the next generation of technology and technology companies. CIT creates new technology companies through capital formation, market development and revenue generation services. To facilitate national innovation leadership and accelerate the rate of technology adoption, CIT creates partnerships between innovative technology start-up companies and advanced technology consumers. Its CAGE Code is 1UP71.