CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Charlottesville Business Innovation Council is seeking nominations for its 2019 CBIC Awards, which is an event honoring innovative organizations, startups and individuals in the Central Virginia area.
It aims to highlight technology, innovation and entrepreneurial excellence.
“Charlottesville has all the ingredients to be a national leader in business innovation, venture capital investment, and high-wage job creation," said Tracey Greene, CBIC's executive director. “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.”
There are several categories for which an organization or person can be nominated, including Entrepreneur of the the Year, Business of the Year, Innovator of the year, Startup of the Year, Job Creator of the Year, Educator of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and Social Good Award.
Winners of all but two of these categories will be selected by a panel of judges. The Social Good Award will be chosen by participants of the gala and the Volunteer of the Year is selected by the CBIC Board of Directors.
The Educator of the Year will get a $2,500 CBIC Technology in Education Grant to support innovative education in the classroom.
The Entrepreneur of the Year will get a $1,000 CBIC Student Innovator Grant to help advance their innovation-based business.
All other honorees will receive commemorative awards and other recognitions at the event.
There will also be two students who will get $2,500 CBIC Tech Tour Scholarships so they can pursue their STEM-focused higher education paths.
Nominations must be submitted by Jan. 31 by sending an email with the nominee's name, contact information and award category/categories to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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