Founding Charlottesville: CBIC Tech Night Takeover

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- If you've got a great idea for a startup but aren't sure how to get started, you may want to check out the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council, or CBIC.

It holds events on a regular basis, such as the Tech Night Takeover speaker series called Founders and Funders that is geared toward helping local startups find success.

"It's a great mix of people in the room from high-level entrepreneurs who have been around the block and they have done this before, have a little gray hair, and are willing to open up their kimono to share their stories about how they've funded their own startup with groups like the Charlottesville Angel Network,” said Tracey Greene, the CBIC Executive Director.

The Charlottesville Angel Network funds and seeds startup capital for entrepreneurs, often being startups met through CBIC, like Silverback Distillery.

"I can certainly make liquor, my wife (Christine Riggleman, the CEO and Master Distiller at Silverback Distillery) is very good at it, and I think people see that. They see that we love it, they see that we have a good plan, they've helped us with our business plan and that's something you don't get a whole lot of, you don't have a lot of people out there trying to help you but the Charlottesville Angel Network here has been really fantastic for us," said Denver Riggleman, co-owner of Silverback Distillery.

Now, Riggleman is a featured speaker at CBIC events, helping startups that are looking to have their own success story.

"You sort of got to love what you got to do, but if the right people believe in you, you can get investment, you can get help, the help is out there, so don't give up. If you think and believe in your idea and you want to come to things like this, and you want to learn how to do these type of things, it's possible,” Riggleman said.

CBIC events are open to anyone with an interest in technology.

"If you are interested in technology, or you're a technology enthusiast, or if you're an angel investor or if you're just curious about angel investing, absolutely anybody is open to these events," Greene said.

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