Area Entrepreneurs, Businesses and Educators Recognized for Leadership, Innovation
Charlottesville, VA, April 5, 2018 – The Charlottesville Business Innovation Council (CBIC) is pleased to release a list of finalists for the 20th Annual CBIC Awards. Twenty-five local organizations and individuals are being recognized with nominations for nine coveted CBIC awards including CBIC Educator of the Year, which comes with a $2,500 technology grant and CBIC Student Entrepreneur of the Year, which comes with a $1,000 grant, and the CBIC Volunteer of the Year, which is announced at the gala.
The CBIC Awards honor Central Virginia's most innovative organizations, startups and individuals and highlight technology, innovation, and entrepreneurial excellence. A list of all the 2018 CBIC Award finalists is below. Award recipients will be announced live at the 2018 CBIC Awards Gala on Thursday, May 24, at the Paramount Theatre, where local businesses, government, and education leaders will mingle together in a newly formatted evening of entertainment and celebration.
CBIC Executive Director Tracey Greene, co-chair of the gala, explains the importance of the CBIC Awards to central Virginia, “For 20 years now, CBIC has nurtured our region’s increasingly important tech companies and innovative entrepreneurs. Charlottesville is now known for being a leader in the Commonwealth and beyond for business innovation, angel and venture capital investment, and high-wage job creation. CBIC members, sponsors and partners work year-round to nurture an atmosphere of innovation celebrated by the CBIC Awards and now a brand for our region and to ensure Charlottesville remains a leader in tech, innovation and startups.”
Tickets for the 2018 CBIC Awards Gala, including cocktail reception featuring Innovators Row – a showcase of startups – and a celebratory ceremony, are available for purchase online from the cvilleinnovation.org/awards.
2018 CBIC Awards Finalists
CBIC Business of the Year
CBIC Educator of the Year
- Chris Stanek, Monticello High School
- Adam Mulcahy, Western Albemarle High School
- Fran Racette, Murray High School
CBIC Entrepreneur of the Year
- Charlie Rogers of Innovative Software Solutions issvalue.com
- Michael Prichard of Metis Machine metismachine.com
- Casey Kerrigan of OESH Shoes oeshshoes.com
CBIC Innovator of the Year
CBIC Social Good
- HackCville hackcville.com
- Tech Dynamism techdynamism.com
- Maternity Neighborhood maternityneighborhood.com
CBIC Startup of the Year
CBIC Student Entrepreneur/Student Startup Venture of the Year
- Babylon Micro-Farms babylonmicrofarms.com
- Andy Page of HackCville hackcville.com
- Ashwinraj Karthikeyan of Phoenix-Aid inmed.bio
CBIC Top Job Creator of the Year
CBIC Awards Gala Event FAQs:
Date: Thursday, May 24, 2018
Time: 5:00 – 11:30 p.m.
Location: The Paramount Theatre
Advance Tickets: http://cvilleinnovation.org/awards. Rates increase April 13. Tickets to the gala are NOT available at the door.
Other: Cocktail and business dressy attire is appropriate. The redesigned event will feature a short reception with cash bars, a seated awards ceremony with beverages and snacks, a post-ceremony reception featuring Innovators Row – a showcase of innovative startup companies, and multiple and plentiful food stations, and an after party with dual entertainment.
ABOUT CBIC: Educate, Advocate and Celebrate
As the region's technology council, CBIC promotes innovation and entrepreneurship and supports growth and success among the Charlottesville region's technology-focused organizations. CBIC provides a forum for ideas and a collective voice on behalf of the technology sector. Through collaborative partnerships, educational resources and strategic relationships, CBIC enhances, publicizes, and champions technology initiatives that strengthen economic and social vitality in our area.