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 19, 2014 to November 21, 2014
11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Norfolk, Richmond,and Mclean, Virginia

The Center for Innovative Technology is hosting a series of luncheons with the goal of providing business firms with information on upcoming business opportunities.

The luncheons wil address potential future opportunties for businesses as well as provide an in depth introduction to the Small Business Innovation Research funding programs. Interested parties can register for the first event, held on the ninteenth and is hosted at 4211 Monarch Way Norfolk Virginia 23508, here.

The second lunch is on the twentieth at the Virginia Commonwealth University, Larrick Student Center 900Turpin Street, Richmond VA. Attendees can register here.

The final lunch is held at TeqCorner,1616 Anderson Road, Mclean, Virginia 22102 registration is located here.

All lunches are free for Virginia based companies. Questions should be directed towardsRobert Brooke at robert [dot] brooke [at] cit [dot] org


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 4, 2014
5:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Advanced technologies and high rates of innovation are resulting in an abundance of new products, processes, and services that are changing how humans interrelate to each other, problem solve and learn.  In the education sector, new technologies are changing the way we teach and comprehend all manner of subject matter.  As classrooms adopt and grapple with these new technologies, one begins to wonder: what is the impact on education at large?  What is the impact on teachers and students?

Join the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council (CBIC) for a lively discussion. The EdTech Revolution: Changing the Way We Teach and Learn brings together a distinguished panel of educators and innovators to look at how digital tools and technologies such as e-learning, MOOCs and analytics are driving innovation into (and out of) the classroom. 


- Professor Michael Lenox of the Batten Institute at the Darden School of Business;
- Brien Walton, Chief Investment Officer of the Jefferson Education Accelerator;
- Mike Benzian, Chief Product Officer at Teachstone.

Joel Selzer of ArcheMedX will be facilitating discussion

To register, click here.

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.


December 13, 2014
11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Virginia Biotechnology Research Park 800 E. Leigh St. Richmond, Virginia 23227 United States

In early 2013 Dean Barbara Boyan took the reins at VCU Engineering School with the goal, among others, of growing the biomedical engineering and biopharmaceutical fields, capitalizing on expertise in biomedicine across VCU, and ramping up industry partnerships. Great strides have been made, and exciting developments have been announced or are on the horizon that promise to transform the school's role statewide and nationally, and produce life saving and life enhancing innovation. 

Panelists will include Frank Gupton, a pharma industry veteran who now serves as Interim Chair, Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering.

Questions can be directed to Sherri Halloran at halloran [dot] sherri [at] vabio [dot] org.

Those interested in attending can register here.

December 16, 2014
9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Larrick Student Center 900 Turpin street.Jackson Ward conference room Richmond, VA

This all day workshop will discuss how to plan and apply for federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Techonolgy Transfer (STTR) funding from all 11 partcipating federal agencies.

CIT is pleased to collaborate with Virginia Commonwealth Univesity to present a full day workshop on the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant programs.  These grants provide $150K - $1.5M+ in early stage non-dilutive R&D funding and have been described as the most important source of early stage R&D funding in the US.  11 participating federal agencies use this program to fund early stage technology development that will help them meet their missions. 

Learn how to plan for, write, and apply for SBIR/STTR at this in depth one day workshop. Come to this workshop and be prepared! 


  • Virginia Technology Firms: $70 per person
  • Virginia Based University Researchers: $40 per person
  • Non-Virginia based Firms and Unvirsities $200 per person

registration for the event can be found here