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Startup accelerator looks to combine space, mentorship, investment to retain local talent

When Lawrence Levine pulled in large outside investments in SecurePipe, the information security firm he founded in Charlottesville in 1996, the financial windfall came with a price. Levine, now a member of the Charlottesville Angel Network investment group, spent the next few years bouncing around the country, as new investments had him heading to new […]

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Contraline opens permanent lab on Harris Street

In a nondescript storefront across from the Habitat Resale Store on Harris Street, a small biomedical engineering firm is hoping to revolutionize male contraception. Contraline, founded by University of Virginia graduate Kevin Eisenfrats and the late Dr. John Herr, a professor of cell biology and biomedical engineering at the university, moved into its first permanent […]

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Innovation district will take patience, commitment, buy-in

As startups nationwide and in Charlottesville clamor for adequate workspace central to housing, culture, shops and amenities, localities are building and planning business districts that focus on tech- and innovation-centered small businesses. Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer has expressed the need to foster an innovation ecosystem — a culture that nurtures and celebrates small and medium-sized […]

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Fifth Tom Tom pitch night sees youngest-ever winners

The youngest-ever entrants to the Tom Tom Founders Festival’s Crowd-funded Pitch Night took home the event’s top honor Wednesday night. Clara Duffy and Leela Ghaemmaghami, juniors at St. Anne’s-Belfield School, started Seniors Connect to help older people use and understand technology. They also are writing an app called Doctor’s Orders to help seniors remember which […]