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. 


  • Deb McMahon received her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has been the CEO of Scitent since 2004. Formerly known as CardioConcepts, Scitent helps organizations monetize their intellectual property through online education. For organizations that want to offer options for online learning and need a resource to build, manage, maintain, market, and monetize their e-learning programs, we offer comprehensive e-learning partnership solutions, including marketing and sales, to ensure sustainable educational programs.
  • Robin Fray Carey founded Social Media Today LLC, a media company which brings together many of the world’s best thinkers about business and policy topics, in 2007.  Prior to that, she ran her own media consulting company for 16 years, and worked with Time Inc, Newsweek, BusinessWeek and Ziff-Davis. She leads a team that curates web-based content about social media and other topics, speaks frequently about social media and business, and is an advisor to Social Week and to the Society for New Communications Research. She is the past co-chair of the Women's Refugee Commission, on whose board she served from 2005 to 2014, and was a member of the Overseers of the International Rescue Committee.

  • Crystal R. Icenhour received her PhD in Pathobiology and Molecular Medicine from the University of Cincinnati Medical School of Graduate Studies in 2002.  She conducted postdoctoral research in the Thoracic Diseases Research Unit at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine from 2002-2005 and in the Department of Infectious Diseases at Duke University Medical Center from 2005-2006.  Dr. Icenhour has been involved in local and national postdoctoral associations including the Mayo Research Fellows Association Executive Committee (President), the Duke University Postdoctoral Association (chair of membership committee), and the National Postdoctoral Association (2008 Chair).  Dr. Icenhour was President & Chief Science Officer for Phthisis Diagnostics, a biotechnology company located in Charlottesville, Virginia from 2007-2013.  In 2014 Dr. Icenhour was hired as CEO of Aperiomics in Ashburn, Virginia.  Aperiomics’ focus is to harness the power of next-generation sequencing to improve world health.

  • And a Mystery Male counterpart from the Charlottesville community!


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 11, 2014
11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Virginia Biotechnology Research Park 800 E. Leigh St. Richmond, Virginia 23227 United States

The Focused Ultrasound Foundation in Charlottesville is an extraordinary, innovative and world class institution, devoted to improving the lives of millions of people worldwide with serious medical disorders by accelerating the development and adoption of focused ultrasound.

Focused ultrasound is an early-stage, non-invasive therapeutic technology that could transform the treatment of many medical disorders by serving as an alternative to surgery and radiation.

Unfortunately, the evolution of a new therapeutic medical device from concept to standard of care is an extremely slow process that can take decades. Complicated and inefficient, the process requires the dynamic interaction of an array of organizations with different agendas and timelines. In addition, there are a numerous technology, economic, regulatory and reimbursement obstacles to be overcome. Every day without it translates into unnecessary suffering for countless individuals.  The Focused Ultrasound Foundation is working to provide patients with this treatment option in the shortest time possible. 

 The Focused Ultrasound Foundation is on the leading edge of the venture philanthropy and social entrepreneurship movements and has become a model of how donor funding can be used to bridge the gap between laboratory research and widespread patient treatment. The Foundation works to clear the path to global adoption by coordinating and funding research, fostering collaboration among stakeholders, overcoming barriers to progress and building awareness of the technology among patients and professionals. Since its establishment in 2006, the Foundation has become the largest non-governmental source of funding for focused ultrasound research.

 Panelists will include Foundation leaders who shape and execute the strategies worldwide, including Chairman Dr. Neal Kassell, and clinicians involved in ongoing trials of the technology sponsored by the Foundation.                 

For more information, please click here.

If you have any questions, please contact Sherri Holloran:
halloran [dot] sherri [at] vabio [dot] org
Phone: 804-643-6360

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.

Sept. 16 -- Day 1:  SBIR/STTR Intro & Proposal Planning:
Attend Day 1 to learn the basics of SBIR and STTR funding, how agencies vary, the amount of funding available, what it takes to qualify, how to start the early planning stages of your proposal (doing your homework), and the options available for university postdocs, grad students, university faculty, and small businesses. PLAN EARLY – it takes about 9 months to receive funding after proposals are submitted.  Ideal for those in the early stages of their research want to learn about future funding options.

Sept. 17 -- Day 2:  NIH SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep:
Attend Day 2 to learn details on applying to the NIH SBIR and STTR funding programs.  Learn what goes into each section of a proposal, how to interact with the NIH, understand how your proposals are reviewed and scored, and how to include key information in a very small amount of space.  A great way to learn basic proposal writing techniques!

Sept. 18 – Day 3:  Commercialization Plans & Budgeting:
Attend Day 3 to learn the commercialization aspects of writing a compelling SBIR or STTR proposal as well as a short session on budgeting.  The Commercialization aspects of SBIR/STTR make this program very different than most other grants from NIH.  How much do you need to interact with customers, collaborators, and others in the value chain?  What makes a good Letter of Support? How much detail do I need in an NIH SBIR/STTR commercialization plan?   A compelling commercialization plan and sound budget are both imperative to receive funding.


Virginia Based University PostDocs/Grad Students/Researchers and other Personnel:

-One day only:  $20
-Two Days only:  $40
-All three days:  $45

Virginia based Small Tech Firms:

-One day only:  $45
-Two Days only:  $65
-All three days:  $75

All others (including out of state universities and small businesses)

-$150 for all three days (no single day options available)

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!

September 30, 2014
8:00 am to 6:45 pm
The Carpenter Theater 600 E Grace St #400 Richmond, VA , 23219

Women Etc. brings together technology professionals to learn, network, and collaborate on issues and opportunities facing women in technology.  WomenEtc., Virginia's premier conference on women in technology, is hosted by the Richmond Technology Council's WIT Forum.


All Day Pass (includes keynotes, lunch, workshops, and networking reception): $80
Morning Session (includes morning keynotes): $45
Afternoon Session (includes breakouts, afternoon keynotes and networking reception): $45

To register, please click here.

October 6, 2014 to October 9, 2014
7:30 am to 4:00 pm
McCormick Place Convention Center 2301 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60649 USA

AdvaMed 2014 is the leading MedTech conference in North America, bringing more than 1,000 companies together in a uniquely multifaceted environment for business development, capital formation, innovative technology showcasing, world-class educational opportunities and networking. An event rich in international flavor and featuring a deep, diverse attendee list that includes influential policy-makers, business executives and media, AdvaMed 2013 seeks to advance industry discussion from key perspectives through detailed panel sessions, executive forums and more.

For registration and cost, please click here.

For more information, please visit: http://advamed2014.com/go.cfm?do=Page.View&pid=2


October 8, 2014
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Eligibility requirements for SBIR/STTR can get confusing – everyone has their own specific situation that needs to be analyzed to ensure that eligibility requirements are met. This is particularly true for those engaging with a university, are using a Primary Investigator from the university, if the business has outside investors, if the PI is or is not employed full time by the small business, if there is a collaboration with another small business (joint venture), etc.

Rules are different for SBIR and STTR in some cases, and even differ in some aspects from one agency to the next. This webinar will cover the rules for you to consider if your company is eligible to apply for SBIR/STTR.  Instruction by BBC ETC.

Cost:  (includes light lunch)

  • Virginia Companies: $10 per person
  • All others:  $25 per person

Please click here to register.

If you have any questions, please contact Robert Brooke at Robert [dot] brooke [at] cit [dot] org


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

December 11, 2014
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
If planned for correctly, these programs can be a great way to fund the continued research of PostDocs and Graduate Students as they exit the university.

Webinar covers:

  • Investigating new sources of grant funding; Pursuing applied research;
  • Commercializing research discovery;
  • Investigating career opportunities for grad students & Postdocs;
  • Considering starting a company;
  • Eligibility requirements for SBIR and STTR;
  • Strategies using SBIR/STTR to take your technology with you;
  • When do you need to apply?;
  • What’s next? 

Presented by Andrea Johanson of BBC ETC. 



  • Virginia University Postdocs/Grad Students/Researchers:  Free
  • All Others:  $20 per person

Please click here to register.