Sep
24
Tue
In the Lab @ Explore More Discovery Museum
Sep 24 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Grab a lab coat, put on your goggles and enter the Merck Science Lab. Each week will feature a different science project designed just for kids (Tuesdays at 4 PM).

See more at www.iexploremore.com/programs.

Sep
25
Wed
ICAP Lean Startup Introductory Course – Charlottesville
Sep 25 @ 12:00 am
Based on the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps™ program for Lean Startups, ICAP helps inventors and entrepreneurs take the right first steps in bringing new technologies and innovations to market.ICAP includes FREE introductory training programs and counseling services offered through ICAP instructors and local SBDC counselors. ICAP helps startups identify potential customers and develop successful business models based on that knowledge. It is an ideal program for early-stage companies trying to prepare for eventual venture investment. Apply for ICAP Lean Startup Course at https://www.virginiasbdc.org/programs/icap/icap-application/

Important Dates

  • August 21, 2019 – Applications are due by midnight; see the link below.
  • August 28, 2019 – Acceptance notifications and communication with next steps and instructions, including how to prepare for the first session.
  • TBD – 6:00pm – 8:00pm – Introductory Conference Call
  • September 11, 2019 – 9:00am – 5:00pm – Initial Team Presentations
  • September 18, 2019 – Each team participates in a pre-scheduled telephone review of the team’s Customer Discovery Progress over the first week
  • September 25, 2019 – 9:00am – 1:00pm – Final Team Presentations
During this introductory 2-week program, there is extensive work done outside the classroom. In addition to the class meetings and webinar, participants should expect to spend another 10-15 hours per week on customer discovery and course assignments. At the conclusion of the program, you will remain connected with your ICAP trainers and SBDC Business Advisors to continue your progress on the Five Steps to Startup Success over the following 12 months.
The introductory program is designed to generate a maximum impact over a relatively short duration and should be considered a required first step for anyone interested in commercializing a technology or product, whether through a startup or licensing arrangement. Some graduates of this cohort may be eligible to apply to NSF’s full National Seven-week I-Corps Program, which includes non-dilutive grants for customer discovery and prototype development. Additionally, this program can help teams develop better submissions for SBIR and CRCF grants from Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technologies.

Your ICAP Instructor
Bob Smith is currently the Director of the Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program (ICAP), a program funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia and administered by George Mason University and the Virginia Small Business Development Center Network (VSBDC). Here he helps researchers, inventors, and technology startups develop their technology commercialization and technology business startup efforts. He’s also an instructor with the NSF’s DC I-Corp Node.
Bob has 30+ years’ experience in innovation and entrepreneurship. He is the Chairman of CollegeFactual.com, a leading college rankings website. He’s held senior management positions at Congressional Quarterly and America Online in sales, marketing, and new product development and was the founder and CEO of the first nation-wide online city guide, Digital City. As an executive, angel investor, and advisor he has helped companies in e-commerce, e-government, identity management, content publishing, geospatial analytics, data science, and local media go from launch through to favorable exits.
Bob received a BA from USC and his MBA from GWU. He is a veteran of the US Navy.
For more information email: icap@virginiasbdc.org

Apply for ICAP Lean Startup Introductory Course
 (app. deadline August 21 by midnight)

Valley TechCon.19 @ Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Valley Conference Center
Sep 25 @ 7:30 am – 4:00 pm

Now in its second year, Valley TechCon brings together technology enthusiasts, practitioners, researchers, and business leaders to facilitate idea sharing, collaboration, and innovation. This year there will be three tracks to choose from for the breakout sessions: Technical Topics for Practitioners, The Business Impact of Technology, and Growing Your Technology Business. Within each track, sessions will cover a broad spectrum of topics. The goal is to inspire new ideas, improve business efficiency with emerging technologies, springboard new ventures, and expand networking opportunities.

Check out all that Valley TechCon.19 has to offer this year!

Ticket Includes

  • Breakfast, morning snack, lunch.
  • 14 breakout sessions.
  • 3 featured speaker sessions.
  • Post-event networking event at Pale Fire Brewing Company (shuttle and first drink included)*.

FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Individuals of all ages are encouraged to attend, from high school age upwards, through college years, those in a professional career, and those looking to keep up to date in retirement.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Valley Conference Center is conveniently located close to exit 245 on Interstate 81 at 710 S. Main St., Harrisonburg VA, 22801. Directions. Once you arrive, you will find a multi-storey parking deck towards the rear of the hotel. The entrance is located on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (Historical Cantrell Ave.). Valet parking is also available.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact via email econ_dev@harrisonburgva.gov.

What’s the refund policy?

Refunds can be requested up until 7 days before the event.

*After conference networking session occurs 3:30-5:30 PM at Pale Fire Brewery in downtown Harrisonburg; one beer ticket per non-student conference attendee

Early Bird Tickets (ends 8/31): $100 (+ $7.72 fee)
Regular Admission: $125 (+ $9.24 fee)
Student Rate: $50 (+4.67 fee)

Register for Valley TechCon.19 on September 25, 2019

Engineer It @ Explore More Discovery Museum
Sep 25 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Young inventors and engineers will have a chance to integrate all STEM disciplines as they tackle a different design problem each week on Wednesdays at 4 PM.

See more at www.iexploremore.com/programs.

 

Oct
1
Tue
In the Lab @ Explore More Discovery Museum
Oct 1 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Grab a lab coat, put on your goggles and enter the Merck Science Lab. Each week will feature a different science project designed just for kids (Tuesdays at 4 PM).

See more at www.iexploremore.com/programs.

Tech Tuesday @ Pale Fire Brewing
Oct 1 @ 4:30 pm

informal networking for techies

 

Join us at Tech Tuesday for some informal networking for techies in Harrisonburg!

Dutch treat. No registration necessary. Technology agnostic.

Oct
2
Wed
Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) Briefing & Funding Information Sessions @ JMU Ice House, Room 104
Oct 2 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Come join us as Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) presents information about funding available through three key programs administered by the Center for Innovative Technology in support of research and commercialization in Virginia:

FY20 CRCF Solicitation
CIT staff will introduce the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF), a multi-million dollar technology commercialization grant program that accelerates innovation and drives economic growth in Virginia. The team will discuss the FY20 round, which includes programs available to higher ed, federal labs and other nonprofit research organizations, and the private sector. Topics will include eligibility criteria and the solicitation timeline, the Letter of Intent (LOI) with a revised approach this year, the application process, and tips for creating strong submissions.

SBIR/STTR Tips & Support for Virginia Applicants
The federal SBIR and STTR programs award over $3B annually to small tech firms in order to develop early stage, high risk, high payoff technology. 11 agencies participate, with awards ranging from $100K to $1.5M. SBIR proposal tips will be provided, as well as a preview of the Oct. 16-17 NIH/NSF SBIR & Commercialization Conference in Roanoke, VA.

CIT GAP Funds & Virginia Founders Fund (VFF)
CIT GAP Funds provides equity investments to early stage, high growth potential companies. CIT GAP Funds invests up to $250K in seed stage tech, clean tech/energy, life science and techenabled services companies. A companion fund, VFF, focuses on investments in women-owned, veteran-owned or minority-owned start-ups, as well as start-ups located in traditionally underserved regions of Virginia.

Parking
Parking will be available outside of the JMU Ice House. Please park in the lower portion of the parking lot. Parking permits will be necessary to park for those who do not have a current JMU parking permit. Please pick up a free parking pass at the entrance of the building.

Register for October 2, 2019 funding information sessions at cit.org

Engineer It @ Explore More Discovery Museum
Oct 2 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Young inventors and engineers will have a chance to integrate all STEM disciplines as they tackle a different design problem each week on Wednesdays at 4 PM.

See more at www.iexploremore.com/programs.

 

Oct
8
Tue
In the Lab @ Explore More Discovery Museum
Oct 8 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Grab a lab coat, put on your goggles and enter the Merck Science Lab. Each week will feature a different science project designed just for kids (Tuesdays at 4 PM).

See more at www.iexploremore.com/programs.

Oct
9
Wed
Engineer It @ Explore More Discovery Museum
Oct 9 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Young inventors and engineers will have a chance to integrate all STEM disciplines as they tackle a different design problem each week on Wednesdays at 4 PM.

See more at www.iexploremore.com/programs.