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.

April 2, 2015
5:00 pm to 7:30 pm
The Haven at First and Market

David Chapin, President and CEO of Forma Life Science Marketing, is coming to Charlottesville to engage with local bioscience and technology companies on strategic marketing of their businesses. David has won several marketing awards and has recently published a highly acclaimed book "Making the Complex Compelling: Creating High Performance Marketing in the Life Sciences."

The principles of high performance marketing are common to all hi-tech businesses, not just life sciences. These include how people really buy, marketing mechanisms of action, what makes your company position clear, unique, authentic, sustainable, important, believable and compelling?

David Chapin will address these issues during our panel discussion. Marketing strategy is of vital importance to all CBIC member companies, whether you are a boot strapping start-up or are already in the game with products and services. In addition to David Chapin, the TNT panel includes two creative local marketing executives:

David Robinson is the Creative Director, CEO and founding partner, Birch Studio. Under David's artistic direction, Birch Studio has received awards and accolades from the Central Virginia American Marketing Association in both print and web design. David's entrepreneurial flair is apparent in several other ventures that he has founded, including Healthy Living Directory, EastBirch.com and the Communications Arts Guild.

Linda Kolker is an experienced marketing consultant and writer. Linda helps large and small businesses and nonprofits connect with target audiences via marketing communications across web and print media. She has taught bestpractices for web content writing. Linda chaired CBIC's Marcom committee and served on its Board of Directors.

Martin Chapman of Indoor Biotechnologies will be the talk show host and moderator.

TNT events are open to CBIC members and their guests, as well as to potential new CBIC members. Each event features a one-hour talk show style panel with audience participation followed by an early evening, after-hours social.

5:00pm - 5:15pm Check In and Grab a Drink
5:15pm - 6:00pm Panel Discussion

To register, click 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 attending but not presenting may register here.

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


April 16, 2015
7:30 pm to 10:00 pm
The Jefferson Theater

Celebrate and support dozens of local artists, entrepreneurs, and inventors at Charlottesville’s 4th annual Crowdfunded Pitch Night, an evening of high spirits and camaraderie at The Jefferson Theater in Downtown Charlottesville.

The crowd hears ten business pitches from Charlottesville’s best and brightest. Each innovator will try to win over the crowd in under three minutes with a summary of their dream business and how they plan to grow it.

Audience members chip in $10, which buys a vote for their favorite idea. At the end of the night, the crowd chosen winner opts to take the the crowdfunded pool, or lands a coveted spot in Darden’s “Innovation Laboratory”, which comes with a $5,000 grant and high impact support from Darden’s faculty and alumni.

Another contestant will have an opportunity to join the Community Investment Collaborative (CIC), a Charlottesville-based program designed to help entrepreneurs from low-income and underserved communities start or expand their businesses.

To RSVP, click here.

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 Reddi;
  • 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.


Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles

14750 Conference Center Drive, Chantilly, VA 20151

(703)  818-0300

April 23, 2015
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Darden’s final competition of the academic year is the Business Plan competition, any UVA students interested in honing their business pitches may participate in the competition. The submission deadline for presentations is Thursday April 9th while a reception announcing the winners will take place on April 23rd from 4:30pm-6:30pm. Appropriate practices for the competition as well as judging criteria and available resources can be found here.

Previous student ventures that have placed in competitions are prohibited from participating in the competition.

May 21, 2015
5:15 pm to 10:00 pm
Boar's Head Inn - 200 Ednam Drive, Charlottesville, Va

Join CBIC in honoring key personnel within the Charlottesville community on May 21st for the annual awards gala. The event has become so popular that this years ceremony will be held at new location, the Boar's Head Inn.

Finalists will be made public in March, with award recipients announced at the CBIC Awards Gala & Fundraiser. Award winners will be determined by a panel of judges with the exceptions of CBIC Volunteer of the Year, which will be decided by the CBIC board of directors and the CBIC Social Good Award, which will be determined onsite by participants during this year’s May 21st gala.

The award catergories are:

Entrepreneur of the Year
Business of the Year
Innovator of the Year
Top Job Creator of the Year
Educator of the Year
Student Entrepreneur of the Year
Volunteer of the Year
Social Good Award

Those intersted in nominating award recipients can fill out the nomination form here. The deadline for nominations is February 28th.

November 11, 2015 to November 13, 2015
8:30 am to 8:30 pm
Charleston, South Carolina

Southeast BIO (SEBIO) is pleased to present the 9th Annual BIO/Plan Competition. The competition is geared toward the creation of new ventures, life science and medical technologies, in the Southeast of the United States.

Are you a researcher with a life science-related idea that could be commercialized? Southeast BIO would like to help with time, talent and money.

Here’s how it works:

  • A principal investigator/entrepreneur/commercialization officer completes a short application outlining the business opportunity in broad terms.
  • The BIO/Plan selection committee chooses up to ten semi-finalists and assigns each a team of seasoned professionals who serve as mentors for four months as they create a business proposal/development plan.
  • Semi-finalists submit their business proposal/development plan to a panel of expert judges. Up to four finalists are selected.
  • Finalists present their opportunities to life science and medical technology industry experts at the  2015 SEBIO Investor & Partnering ForumNovember 11-13 in Charleston, South Carolina.
  • One winner is selected at the 2015 SEBIO Investor & Partnering Forum and awarded a $10,000 cash prize to help achieve a significant business development milestone.

To preview the application, click here.
To apply, click here.