Feb
19
Tue
Bits & Grits (Breakfast) @ Mrs. Rowe's / Staunton
Feb 19 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

SVTC Bits and Grits

 

Come join us for Bits & Grits at Mrs. Rowe’s in Staunton! This is a casual event. Just show up to drink coffee, have breakfast, or just talk with fellow techies in the Shenandoah Valley. Attendees should look for Kurt Plowman when entering Mrs. Rowe’s.

Feb
21
Thu
SVTC Luncheon | Natural Language Processing: What is It and How Does it Affect Business? @ Wood Grill Buffet
Feb 21 @ 11:45 am – 1:00 pm

Registration is now open! See form below.

Natural language processing (NLP) is a technology that is becoming increasingly important for the business community. Given a text input, NLP systems can break the document into sentences and individual words, identify parts of speech (verbs, nouns, adjectives, etc.), and recognize names of people, places, organizations, etc. NLP also parses sentences to depict the dependency relationships between words, and attempts to recognize coreferences so that pronouns in a document can be associated with names that occur earlier in the document. NLP applications include analysis of twitter feeds, customer reviews, blogs, news stories, or any other corpus of text that may be relevant to an organization. This ability to impose structure on unstructured data promises to be very helpful to industry.

About the Speaker
Mike Mitri headshotMike Mitri, a CIS professor at JMU, has developed an application called Story Analyzer that uses an NLP engine to extract information from a textual narrative and identify the main actions of the story, the people or entities that perform these actions, the people or entities affected by these actions, and other contexts (places, times, etc.). Story Analyzer then displays the results in a dashboard that includes interactive word clouds, geographical map, timeline, and other visualizations. He will discuss the mechanics of NLP and demonstrate the dashboard. A fun time will be had by all.

 

Thank you to our event sponsor!

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SVTC Luncheon Sign-up | Feb. 21, 2019

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Feb
25
Mon
Spring 2019 ICAP Lean Startup Course
Feb 25 @ 12:00 am

Link to application form located below.

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.

Important Dates

  • February 25, 2019 – Applications are due by midnight; see the link below.
  • March 1, 2019 – Acceptance notifications and communication with next steps and instructions, including how to prepare for the first session.
  • TBD (Early March)– 6:00pm – 8:00pm – Introductory Conference Call
  • March 15, 2019– 9:00am – 5:00pm – Initial Team Presentations
  • March 22, 2019 – Each team participates in a pre-scheduled telephone review of the team’s Customer Discovery Progress over the first week
  • April 5, 2019– 9:00am – 2:00pm – 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, and co-director of the Fed Tech program, which uses Lean Startup methods to assist inventors from government labs to explore the commercial viability of their inventions.

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

This Cohort is hosted by the  Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center, the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council and JMU X-Labs.

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Apply for Spring 2019 ICAP Lean Startup Course (deadline Feb. 25, 2019 @ midnight)

Mar
19
Tue
Bits & Grits (Breakfast) @ Mrs. Rowe's / Staunton
Mar 19 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

SVTC Bits and Grits

 

Come join us for Bits & Grits at Mrs. Rowe’s in Staunton! This is a casual event. Just show up to drink coffee, have breakfast, or just talk with fellow techies in the Shenandoah Valley. Attendees should look for Kurt Plowman when entering Mrs. Rowe’s.

Mar
21
Thu
SVTC Luncheon | How to Speak Web Developer @ Wood Grill Buffet
Mar 21 @ 11:45 pm – Mar 22 @ 1:00 pm

Save the date for March 21, 2019! More details soon to come!

Working with web developers can be challenging. You want to make educated decisions about the choices you’re presented with but it’s hard to make educated decisions when you have no idea what the developer across the table just asked you. This presentation should help you learn the lingo so that when your developer presents you with choices, you have a high-level understanding of what you’re agreeing to.  

Apr
16
Tue
Bits & Grits (Breakfast) @ Mrs. Rowe's / Staunton
Apr 16 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

SVTC Bits and Grits

 

Come join us for Bits & Grits at Mrs. Rowe’s in Staunton! This is a casual event. Just show up to drink coffee, have breakfast, or just talk with fellow techies in the Shenandoah Valley. Attendees should look for Kurt Plowman when entering Mrs. Rowe’s.

Apr
29
Mon
TechNite19 @ JMU Festival Conference & Student Center
Apr 29 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Save the date for TechNite19!

On April 29, 2019 the Valley’s tech users and creators will gather to highlight local tech innovation in 8 categories. We call it TechNite19. We’ll celebrate the successes of technology firms, organizations and programs in the region — and the entrepreneurs, innovators, leaders, and educators behind the scenes. Join us on April 29th as we gather for the 19th time to honor the Valley’s best and brightest.

Make a Nomination
We will accept nominations for the 8 award categories from February 13 to March 13. Neither nominee or nominator need to be a member of the SVTC to be nominated. Self nominations are accepted. Please review the guidelines prior to submitting a nomination: https://svtc-va.org/nomination-guidelines/.

Sponsorship
Becoming involved as a Tech Nite sponsor provides an outstanding opportunity for visibility. Attended by the key players in the technology community a Tech Nite sponsorship positions the sponsor’s name, logo, and website as a leader in the area. Fore more information on sponsorship opportunities, please see https://svtc-va.org/tech-nite-sponsorships/. 

Reservations
Reservations will open in late March.

Interested in who has won years prior? Take a look at our past Tech Nite nominees and winners.

May
21
Tue
Bits & Grits (Breakfast) @ Mrs. Rowe's / Staunton
May 21 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

SVTC Bits and Grits

 

Come join us for Bits & Grits at Mrs. Rowe’s in Staunton! This is a casual event. Just show up to drink coffee, have breakfast, or just talk with fellow techies in the Shenandoah Valley. Attendees should look for Kurt Plowman when entering Mrs. Rowe’s.

Jun
18
Tue
Bits & Grits (Breakfast) @ Mrs. Rowe's / Staunton
Jun 18 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

SVTC Bits and Grits

 

Come join us for Bits & Grits at Mrs. Rowe’s in Staunton! This is a casual event. Just show up to drink coffee, have breakfast, or just talk with fellow techies in the Shenandoah Valley. Attendees should look for Kurt Plowman when entering Mrs. Rowe’s.

Jul
16
Tue
Bits & Grits (Breakfast) @ Mrs. Rowe's / Staunton
Jul 16 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

SVTC Bits and Grits

 

Come join us for Bits & Grits at Mrs. Rowe’s in Staunton! This is a casual event. Just show up to drink coffee, have breakfast, or just talk with fellow techies in the Shenandoah Valley. Attendees should look for Kurt Plowman when entering Mrs. Rowe’s.