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 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.