Event Calendar

For information about events of interest to the U.Va. and local innovation communities, browse our calendar listings below. For additional events and programs focusing on innovation and entrepreneurship, see the links in the left-hand menu.

February 5, 2015
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
112 Market Street, Charlottesville, VA

CBIC’s Tech night Takeover program for 2015 begins by focusing on the relationships between entrepreneurs and investors. Budding entrepreneurs need committed investors to fund and commercialize their ideas. Investors need creative and insightful entrepreneurs thinking outside the box to create value. These relationships are dependent on trust, vision, strategy, business culture, shared goals, and synergy. Come to the panel for an in depth look at the crucial role that investors play in the creation process of starting a business.

Panelists include:

Dan O' Connell: managing partner at Neuroventures, has more than fifteen years of experience in evalution of early stage companies, venture creation and investment in life science companies. Dan also serves on the board of several pharmaceutical companies.

Jen O' Daniel: Investment director at the Center for Innovative Technology, has been responsible for assessing seed funding and early stage investments for the CIT Gap Fund since 2003. Jen also serves on the boards of the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council and the Richmond Venture Firm.

5:00-5:15 Check in and grab a drink

5:15-6:00 Panel discussion

6:00-7:30 Afterhours networking and celebrations with light food and beverages

Those interested in the event can register here

March 4, 2015
9:00 am to 11:30 am
University of Virginia, MR5, Room 3005

This session is offered to key university personnel, university grant administrators, university tech transfer offices, and university Intellectual Property offices who want to increase University revenues through the SBIR and STTR programs. The session addresses issues that develop as the propsal progresses and afterf it is awarded looking specifically from the universities perspective. Topics that will be addressed include: udget, participation by researchers, conflict of interest, pot-award reporting requirements, letters of support, personnel and percent effort, the differences between SBIR and STTR, and SBIR/STTR requirements vs. what is flexible. Updated information on SBIR/STTR policies since the 2012 reauthorization will also be presented. Only Virginia based universities are invited to attend

There is no cost however those attending must register in advance
Those interested in attending may register here

March 4, 2015
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
University of Virginia, MR5, Room 3005

These lunch and learns are vital for any Virginia based university researcher, postdoc, grad student, or local small business interested in learning the benefits of the SBIR and STTR programs. SBIR grants (Small Business Innovation Research) and STTR grant funding (Small Business Technology Transfer) prvide $150k-$1.5 million in early stage R&D funding for high risk, new technology development. 11 participating federal agencies use the program to fund technology devleopment that will help meet their missions. Over $2.3 billion dollars is availabel each year.

Each meeting will discuss the purpose of the programs, basic qualifications, participating agencies, funding amounts, and how to plan your approach to writing a winning proposal. Lunch is provided. Details on how CIT supports Virginia based applicants will also be discussed.

The meeting is free for Virginia based university researchers/PostDocs/Grad Students
Virginia based small tech frims must pay $15 a person
Others are charged $50 a person
If interested register here
Questions can be directed to robert.brooke [at] cit.org

March 8, 2015 to March 14, 2015
8:30 am to 5:30 pm
Darden School of Business

The Darden School of Business invites you to join Impact Business Leaders in a seven day course detailing how to succeed as a for profit businesses that seeks to address major social change. The event is available to business people with four or more years of experience who wish to use their skills for social impact. Those particpating will recieve counseling from IBL's executive director who has an extensive background with building businesses in the social impact field.

The IBL program has three main elements

Training - a two-week course exploring social enterprise and impact investing

Personal Career Guidance   ­- from IBL's Executive Director, who has extensive experience building businesses in this space

Job Opportunities - to put your knowledge to work and kick-start your career in social enterprise/impact investing (globally)


Those interested can apply here 
The deadline is January 31st

March 16, 2015
9:45 am
GMU Manassas Campus, Manassas, VA

This SBIR/STTR prep workshop has partnered with George Mason University to discuss a "How to Win" approach to the process. Background and basics will be covered in the morning and detailed proposal development techniiques focused on the National Institutes of Health SBIR/STTR programs.

Registrants may attend a 1/2 day Commercialization Plannind and Budgeting session on MArch 18th in Fairfax VA at no additional charge

The NIH SBIR/STTR programs provide over $600 million each year for early stage research. At this workshop you'll learn how to write a winning NIH SBIR/STTR proposal for the upcoming April and September NIH deadlines.

The meeting costs $40 for those who attend a Virginia based University
$75 dollars for Virginia based small tech firms
for all othes the charge is $250 per person

Questions can be directed towards robert.brooke [at] cit.org
Those interested may register here

April 15, 2015
1:00 pm to 7:00 pm
1150 15th street NW, Washington, DC

Destination Innovation is the premier gathering highlighting the thriving technology community in the state of Virginia. This event is in its fourth year and features an innovation competition, exhibition, networking, and industry speakers. The program is presented by Northern Virginia Technology Council's Technology Innovations Committee in partnership with Capital Buisness.

Details regarding the format of the event and other information can be located here

Those interested in presenting can find the application here, It is due by February thirteenth

Those interested in attending but not presenting may register here

Questions can be directed to events [at] nvtc.org


April 17, 2015
8:30 am
215 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA

The Tom Tom founders Summit has invited several high profile innovators, entrepreneurs, and investors to address audiences on topics such as "Conscious Capitalism" and "Teaching Tomorrow's Founders". In between talks and panels Virginia's most promising startups will pitch their ideas to the audience as part  of the Best of Virginia Early Stage Venture Showcase. The day will conclude wtih the Galant Challenge during which U.Va students and alumni publically pitch their ideas to investors. During the last challenge contestancts raised over half a million dollars for their businesses.

Headliners include

  • Alexis Ohanian the cofounder and CEO of Reddit.
  • Becca McCharen founder of an avant-garde fashion line CHROMAT 
  • Kip Tindell founder of The Container Store
  • Dave Frey founder of the Lockn' Music Festival
  • Dale Dougherty founder and CEO of Make Magazine

Those interested in attending can purchase ticket here

April 23, 2015
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Chantilly, VA

Join bioscience leaders from accross the state and beyond- companies, universities, research organizations, and entrepreneurs- and help create the future of the industry.

Major Events Include

  • Summit on Bio/Big Data/ IT- Companies and reserachers will show their recent cutting edge work, reveal tremendous opportunites, and identify Virginia's needs to makea global leader in the field that is remaking boiscience and healthcare.
  • In Depth Look at Federal Funding For Bioscience Research and Commercialization- Workshops will identify the many federal sources for funding Bioscience R&D and commercialization. Meet and tips sessions with the program officers from NIH, NIST, NSFT, DARPA, DOD, USDA
  • Briefings from Federal Bioscience and HealthCare Policy Makers- Staff and members of Congress, FDA and NIH adminstrators will update on key issues including 21st Century Cures Initiative, Medical Device Tax, and new frontiers of FDA regulation including software and mobile devices
  •  University / Industry Connections -  Researchers and administrators, CEOs, investors and policymakers will make connections, and work to make Virginia the best state in the nation to move university research to commercialization.
  • Spark BioSTEM efforts -  Educators from school through college will meet with industry, share information and plan collaborations on curriculum, internships, teacher enrichment and identifying skills and knowledge in demand today and tomorrow.



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