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.

March 8, 2015 to March 14, 2015
8:30 am to 5:30 pm
Darden School of Business

The Darden School of Business invites you to join Impact Business Leaders in a seven day course detailing how to succeed as a for profit businesses that seeks to address major social change. The event is available to business people with four or more years of experience who wish to use their skills for social impact. Those particpating will recieve counseling from IBL's executive director who has an extensive background with building businesses in the social impact field.

The IBL program has three main elements:

Training - a two-week course exploring social enterprise and impact investing;

Personal Career Guidance   ­- from IBL's Executive Director, who has extensive experience building businesses in this space;

Job Opportunities - to put your knowledge to work and kick-start your career in social enterprise/impact investing (globally).

March 16, 2015
9:45 am
GMU Manassas Campus, Manassas, VA

This SBIR/STTR prep workshop has partnered with George Mason University to discuss a "How to Win" approach to the process. Background and basics will be covered in the morning and detailed proposal development techniiques focused on the National Institutes of Health SBIR/STTR programs.

Registrants may attend a 1/2 day Commercialization Plannind and Budgeting session on MArch 18th in Fairfax VA at no additional charge.

The NIH SBIR/STTR programs provide over $600 million each year for early stage research. At this workshop you'll learn how to write a winning NIH SBIR/STTR proposal for the upcoming April and September NIH deadlines.

The meeting costs $40 for those who attend a Virginia based University.
$75 dollars for Virginia based small tech firms.
for all othes the charge is $250 per person.

Questions can be directed towards robert.brooke [at] cit.org.
Those interested may register 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 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.