Tech Tour


Save the Date - 2017 CBIC Tech Tour will be on October 10

CBIC’s annual Tech Tour is a day-long event that introduces area middle and high school students to our region’s technology companies and exposes students to the diverse career possibilities offered by our regional technology community. The program is designed to help youth envision themselves as technology innovators. Nearly 100% volunteer driven, each annual tour organizes upwards of 400 area middle and high school students who visit more than 70 technology related companies and organizations in a single day!

If you would like to get involved with the Tech Tour or need more information about this event, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tech Tour Scholarship

Every year, through the generosity of sponsors, CBIC awards two scholarships in the amount of $2500 each to students selected through the application process. Applications are open to junior and senior students that plan to pursue education beyond high school in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) and have attended at least one tech tour.

Open the scholarship application

Applications open now through December 31 2016

Tech Tour 2017

Visit Your Future

There are several ways you can get involved and inspire the next generation:

  • Showcase your company as a tour venue - being a host involves providing a one-hour inspiring tour of your organization and explaining the role technology plays in your work to a group of 10-15 students.
  • Be a Tour Guide - ride along with a student tour group and help them get the most out of their tech tour.
  • Become a Tech Tour Underwriter - support this amazing day plus the opportunity for 2 participants to earn scholarships toward their future STEM education.

Who’s putting it on: The Charlottesville Business Innovation Council and a group of very dedicated sponsors and volunteers. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to get involved.

When: Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Where: Piedmont Virginia Community College and regional technology companies; schools will provide bus transportation for all tours

Who: 7th through 12th grade students

How: Students sign-up to attend through their school’s Technology Specialist or Career Counselor

2016 Tech Tour Companies

Check out the Tech Tour interactive tour map at!

Tech Tour Feedback

“While on the Tech Tour, you will not just follow a traditional tour path. These businesses will show you their employees working and even present one-of-a-kind demonstrations for Tech Tour participants. When you walk through the doors of one of the businesses, you are treated not just as a tourist, but as a friend of the company.”


"Participating in the CBIC Tech Tour has been one of the most eye-opening experiences I have had in high school. Charlottesville appears to be a small city, but it is full of businesses using and developing new forms of technology. Taking part in the CBIC Tech Tour has given me opportunity to witness the future of technology and business in my local community, a future that I will soon become a part of.”

Tech Tour Committee

  • Kim Wilkens (Chairwoman), K-8 CS Program Coordinator, St. Anne’s-Belfield School
  • Marshall Hanbury, Media and Communications Consultant, MHJ Media
  • John Heffernan (School Liaison), Learning Technology Integrator, Albemarle High School
  • Michael Lake, Founder & Owner of Alleyway Consulting 
  • Jason Ness, Business Development Manager, City of Charlottesville
  • Andrew Renshaw, Coordinator of Dual Enrollment and Off-Campus Programs, PVCC
  • Jerry Reynolds, CS Teacher, Blue Ridge Virtual Governor's School
  • Miriam Rushfinn, Program Manager, Youth & Educational Symposia, PVCC
  • Christine Scott, Charlottesville High School
  • Kimberly Scott, Co-Founder & VP of Data Science, Astraea
  • Trae Turner, Marketing Services Manager, Geezeo

With support from Tracey Greene, CBIC's Executive Director and members of CBIC's board of directors.

Be a Tech Tour Guide

CBIC's annual Tech Tour is all about igniting local students' interest in technology-related careers and showing the variety of opportunities available in our community to pursue their passions. Being a tour guide means getting a behind-the-scenes tour of 2 local tech companies or organizations along with 10-15 middle or high school students and their school chaperone. Your job, should you choose to accept it, is to help keep the tours flowing smoothly plus you may just get to hang out with the next Megan Smith or Bill Gates!

Tech Tour Sponsorship Packages

CBIC Tech Tour is excited to offer the following underwriting opportunities to local companies who want to partner with us in providing this experience to local students. Companies that are not able to host or provide tours often help by sponsoring to ensure that the local community still has the chance to benefit from this innovative opportunity for our young entrepreneurs.

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Tech Tour Sponsors

  • Virga Ventures
  • CoshXLabs
  •  Blue Ridge Bank
  • National Optronics
  • WillowTree
  •  City of Charlottesville
  • BrightSpec
  • Neoventus
  • Lexis Nexis
  • Afton Scientific
  • Woods Rogers
  • Piedmont Virginia Community College