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.

September 4, 2014
4:15 pm to 7:30 pm
Relay Foods' Headquarters, 1317 Carlton Ave.

You've successfully launched a technology business, you're building a customer base and revenue... Now how do you scale it?  Join our panelist of female tech executives and a mystery male counterpart from the Charlottesville community all of whom have either scaled their own business or guided others through the process. Topics will include how scaling impacts operations and team dynamics, strategies for growth (organic versus inorganic) and the all-important question of funding. Topics will include how scaling impacts operations and team dynamics, strategies for growth (organic versus inorganic) and the all-important question of funding. 

Check back soon for more event details and a list of our panelists... 

Sponosored in part and moderated by CBIC Board Member Gardy Bloemers of Merrill Lynch and Lindsay Burton of Kayo Advisory.

PARKING: Please park in the lot to the far right of the building, or on the street. Here's a map to guide you. 

For questions, please contact Tracey Greene at (434) 242-5886 or Executive [at] CvilleBIC [dot] org.



4:15-4:30 pm: Check In & Grab a Drink

4:30-5:30 pm: Panel Discussion
5:30-7:30 pm: Afterhours Networking and Celebration with Light Food and Beverages


CBIC Member Early Bird: $20
Non-Member Early Bird: $30
CBIC Member (late): $25
Non-Member (late): $35

To register, please click here.


September 12, 2014
8:00 am to 5:30 pm
USPTO, Madison Auditorium North, 600 Dulany St., Alexandria, VA 22314

The Virginia Innovation Partnership (VIP) is a new statewide network that funds and mentors innovative teams and proof-of-concept projects at all of Virginia's universities and colleges, with the goal of commercialization. Attracting adequate venture capital funds and high-quality intellectual and business partners is a key to success. VIP will host the Virginia Ventures Forum to bring active venture capital and corporate funds to the VIP network, thus enhancing exposure of our i6-funded research to private sector investors and enhancing the deal flow to new ventures. This supports innovation, job creation, and increased GDP in Virginia based on new technology that is difficult to off-shore.

This year's event will be again held in the Madison Building at the U.S. Patent and Trade offices in Alexandria, VA on Friday, September 12, 2014. This full day event will showcase the funded VIP projects, offer keynote talks on the windows on the future, and provide periods of networking time. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required.

Please visit the Office of the Vice President for Research's website for additional information and to register for the event.


8-4 pm: Registration

8:45-9:00 am: Welcome

  • Tom Skalak, Vice President for Research, University of Virginia 
  • Michelle K. Lee, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, Deputy Director of USPTO                                              
  • Aneesh Chopra, Senior Advisor, The Advisory Board Company

9:00-9:30: Federal & State Innovation Vision

  • Matt Erksine, Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S.
  • Department of Commerce (tentative), Karen Jackson, Secretary of Technology, Virginia

9:45-11:00 am: Team Presentations

  • 9:45-10:05:   Team 1
  • 10:10-10:30: Team 2
  • 10:40-11:00: Team 3

11:00-12:45 pm: Poster Session & Networking with Buffet Lunch

12:50-1:00 pm: Tom Skalak, VP for Research, University of Virginia

1:00-2:15 pm: Panel Discussion: Growth of Technology-Based Venture Activity in Virginia

  • Dayna Grayson, Partner, New Enterprise Associates
  • Kevin Greene, Director of Business Development, Logi Analytics                         
  • Renard Charity, Fletcher Spaght Ventures                         
  • Moderator: Maurice Jones, Virginia, Secretary of Commerce

2:15-3:45 pm: Team Presentations

  • 2:15-2:35: Team 4
  • 2:40-3:20: Team 5
  • 3:25-3:45: Team 6

4:00-5:30 pm: Networking Reception & Poster Session



September 16, 2014 to September 18, 2014
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Omni Hotel, 212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA

This special CIT-organized NIH focused SBIR/STTR workshop is delivered in three half-day sessions, with each session twice each day to accommodate busy schedules. Pick from a morning or afternoon session each day. Especially ideal for university PostDocs, graduate students, and entrepreneurial researchers. Open to small tech firms as well. Special lunch presentations will feature an NIH SBIR/STTR Success Panel, Tech Transer Options for PostDocs & Graduate Students, and University Resources, Policies & Procedures for Technology Licensing.

The cost for Virginia university researchers/personnel to attend: $75 per person
Virginia based small tech firms $125 per person
all others $200 per person.

To register, click here.

Daily Morning Session: 8:30am-Noon

Lunch Training for both sessions: Noon-1pm

Daily Afternoon Session: 1pm-5pm


September 26, 2014
10:45 am

The Entrepreneurship Group at U.Va. is going to explore Charlottesville’s own startups!

Students from several regional universities will come to Charlottesville for the day to join EG students for a tour of Cville startups. We’ll visit the offices a few and then head to a mixer with dozens more founders from around town.

That evening, we’ll all attend the Tom Tom McGuffey Block Party, featuring 5 hours of live music, dance, and good times.

Trip details and application will go live in late August. Stay tuned!

October 9, 2014
8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Piedmont Virginia Community College Dickinson Building; 501 College Drive, Charlottesville, Va 22902

Thursday, October 9, marks the launching of Tech Tour 2014, a local event to introduce more than 400 area middle and high school students to the dynamic high technology world that exists in the Charlottesville/Albemarle County metro region. Sponsored by the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council, this day-long technology tour is aimed at exposing students to the challenging and diverse career possibilities offered by our regional technology community. It is designed to help them envision themselves as technology employees, professionals and entrepreneurs in the next wave of high tech advancements in our area. Students representing regional schools will spend the day traveling to a selection of more than 80 local companies for a hands-on visit to meet employees and experience the use of technology in unique and specialized operations.

As a Tech Tour venue, you would lead an interactive session (approximately 45 minutes to one hour) designed to engage the students and get them excited about a possible career in a technology-related field. Tour sessions typically include:

  • A tour of your facility and a hands-on demonstration of your technology product or service
  • An overview of the work skills and job profiles employed at your company
  • A discussion of a particular challenge your company has faced and how technology may have helped to overcome it
  • Tips and advice on career paths related to your company
  • A review of job opportunities—internships, part-time positions, full-time positions—for which Tech Tour students can apply


Underwriter, supporter or sponsor: Free- donations are welcome!
Volunteer: Free
Housing Technology Company: Free

To register, please click here.

November 11, 2014 to November 13, 2014
8:00 am to 7:00 pm
W Atlanta Midtown - Atlanta, Georgia

The Southeast BIO Investor and Partnering Forum gives companies the opportunity to meet key stakeholders and decision makers in the medical and life sciences indutries.

Companies can apply to present at the Forum. The deadline is June 20, 2014.

To apply, click here. For the Overview and Selection Criteria, click here.

November 13, 2014 to November 14, 2014
11:30 am to 2:00 pm
Room- Public Abbott Center Auditorium

At UVIC, Darden Business School's top-ranked faculty will convene global thought leaders and hundreds of professional asset managers. We'll ask:

  • What factors will drive future growth?
  • What do the answers imply for the classic tasks of investors: asset selection, portfolio allocation and risk management?
  • Which new products will truly revolutionize an industry?
  • What's ahead in digital health care, cybersecurity and technology

Leaders in their fields, UVIC speakers will provide valuable insights and actionable strategies for investors as they seek to identify the drivers of future growth.

  • Richard Fisher, President & CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas (schedule pending)
  • Robert J. Hariri, Founder, Chairman & Chief Scientific Officer, Celgene Cellular Therapeutics
  • Ned Hooper, Partner, Centerview Capital
  • Samuel D. Isaly, Managing Partner, OrbiMed
  • Nancy Lazar, Partner, Cornerstone Macro
  • Kathy Warden, Corporate Vice President and President, Northrop Grumman Information Systems

November 13th: 11:30 am-7:30 pm
November 14th: 7 am-2 pm

Please click here to register.


November 21, 2014
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Nau Hall 101

The Entrepreneurship Cup is a concept competition open to all UVa undergraduates, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. This annual competition seeks to enrich the area's entrepreneurial community by encouraging new ventures with the potential to address unmet needs, solve social and economic problems, and do so in an interdisciplinary way. We would like to get students excited to come up with out-of-the-box ideas that could translated into a business. This competition is for concepts. Submissions do not need to be a full business plan. This is a "step one" competition. Winners of this event often move on to a business plan competition or the Darden Business Incubator.

Participating teams and individuals develop their entrepreneurial ideas by submitting business concepts to a selected track, with qualifying teams pitching their concepts at that track's competition. The first-place team or individual from from each of the tracks go on to compete in the Entrepreneurship Cup final on Nov. 21, 2014 (1 p.m., Nau Hall 101).

Encouraging these early stage concepts is critical in building the entrepreneurship pipeline. New this year will be a theme-based competition using four themed tracks instead of holding competitions in each school. Students have always been allowed and encouraged to enter the competition of their choosing, and the idea of themes is designed to help compare “apples to apples” in the theme-based competition. In the finals, all themes will compete with each other directly. Two winners will move forward to the finals from each themed track. Given the logistical challenge this presents for UVa Wise, they will hold their semi-final across all themes, sending one overall winner to the finals.

A one-of-a-kind bronze trophy was designed and created at UVa in the first year of   the competition (2009), through collaboration between engineering and the arts (sculpture). This trophy sits in the school of the winning team for a year and is passed forward annually following the November event.


  • Medical Technologies/ Health Care
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Consumer Goods & Services/ B2B
  • Technology, Media, Telecommunications
  • UVA Wise

Please click here for more information.

If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Wagner at cheryl-vpr [at] virginia [dot] edu