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.

November 6, 2014
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Haven at First and Market

Space is vital for innovation and entrepreneurial growth. From early stage companies who need space to set up shop, to high fliers who need space for expansion and growth, finding the right space is a challenge, especially in Charlottesville. But what kind of space is needed to satisfy the different needs of hi tech and life sciences companies? Are there alternatives to renovating tired old buildings in the City or shopping malls? 

Panelists include:
Tim Miano, CEIO of SP@CE (www.atspace.io), an ambitious project to fund innovation infrastructure in Charlottesville
Carrie Roth, recently appointed as the Executive Director, President and CEO of the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park in Richmond (www.vabiotech.com).
House Democratic Leader and 57th District Delegate, David Toscano (www.davidtoscano.com), has also agreed to be on the panel and to provide input from the state legislature.
 - - Martin Chapman of Indoor Biotechnologies (www.inbio.com) will be the talk show host and moderator.

The panel will consider what kind of infrastructure is needed to incubate an entrepreneur and to accelerate business growth. What is the role of state and local government and the university? Can tech spaces and art co-exist? What works best for employee retention and recruitment?

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

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Afterhours Networking and Celebration with Light Food and Beverages
To register, 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.