TechNite20 | Virtual Awards Gala

Reservations Now Open!
This year, we are offering a discounted rate of just $20 per attendee. Visit to register.

Sponsorships Available
Shine in front of the Valley’s tech community with a sponsorship. Get your organization positioned in front of the premier tech crowd of the year. There is one award sponsorship left, as well as several other sponsorship opportunities. For details, visit or contact us at

About TechNite20
Once a year, the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council highlights local tech innovation. We celebrate the successes of technology firms, organizations and programs in the region — and the entrepreneurs, innovators, leaders, and educators behind those successes. In May 2020, we postponed Tech Nite and evaluated how we could move forward. After all, we had received 25 nominees, whose achievement we did not want to let go unrecognized! Innovation and leadership happened, and we will show it off.

This year, TechNite20 will take place virtually with both live and recorded segments. There will be live networking in a virtual platform (REMO) that allows all users to move around at will. To maximize networking, all attendees will create a virtual profile with which other attendees will interact with.

There will be an award ceremony with 8 awards, 8 presenters, nominees, and then the announcement of the winners. The Serco People’s Choice Award will be voted on via social voting (with a hashtag) before and during the event and the winner will be announced in the last segment of Tech Nite.

What is REMO? Glad you asked! Check out the platform (YouTube). We will use Remo with the facilitation of eSAX.

8th Annual Valley Business Summit


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Registration is now open for the 8th annual Valley Business Summit! This year, the Valley Business Summit will be held virtually.
9:30 am – 10:00 am
Agency Slide Show
10:00 am KICK-OFF
  • GO Virginia Region 8: Ashley Shickle (Interim Program Coordinator, GO Virginia/Region 8)
  • Rebuild Virginia: Courtney Mustin (Business Services Manager, Virginia Dept. of Small Business & Supplier Diversity)
  • Workforce Development: Dr. John Downey (President, BRCC)
  • Economic Development: Dr. Jay Langston (Director, Shenandoah Valley Partnership
10:30 am – 11:30 am 

Legislative Panel (Delegates Avoli, Campbell, Runion, and Wilt)

Register the Annual Valley Business Summit at

SVTC Sept. Luncheon: The State of Tech Economy

About The State of Tech Economy Virtual Luncheon
Join us as we explore the recent economic trends in Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley, with a focus on what is happening in the tech sector and changes that are taking place as a result of the COVID-19 virus.

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Fletcher Mangum is the Founder and CEO of Mangum Economics. He has over three decades of experience in quantitative analysis and policy development at both the state and federal levels. Fletcher was appointed by Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell to serve on the Governor’s and General Assembly’s Joint Advisory Board of Economists in 2010, and was reappointed to that position in 2014 by Governor Terry McAuliffe, and again in 2018 by Governor Ralph Northam. He is also a past President of the Virginia Association of Economists and serves on the board of the Virginia Council on Economic Education. Prior to founding Mangum Economics, Fletcher served as Associate Director of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. Fletcher earned his Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University in 1995, where he specialized in applying economic insights to public policy questions.

Registration: Sept. 9, 2020 SVTC State of Tech Economy Luncheon

Thank you luncheon sponsor!

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How Are Unmanned Systems (UxS) Actually Being Utilized Today… and How Will They Be Used Tomorrow?

About the Luncheon
Did you know that drones have been used to deliver medical supplies during the COVID pandemic? Or that robots routinely deliver meals in the City of Fairfax. There are numerous industries that have embraced unmanned technologies because of the improved safety, greater efficiencies and more robust data that they offer. Everything from infrastructure assessments to precision agriculture to engineering and surveying, UxS are the new tools for the future.  Our webinar will illuminate this exciting technology sector and how it is currently impacting our lives.  Join us on July 16th to learn more!

About the Speaker
Tracy Tynan is the Director for the Virginia Unmanned Systems Center at CIT with the goal of growing unmanned systems economic activity and benefit in the Commonwealth. She had been a consistent producer within Virginia’s economic development community for over 15 years. Her initial position was as an International Project Manager at the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, where she focused on the rapidly developing investments coming from Japan and other Asian countries.  She then joined the regional team at The Greater Richmond Partnership and served as a Vice President for Business Investment. Returning to VEDP in 2011, Ms. Tynan worked highly visible corporate headquarters relocation and expansion projects while also pursuing opportunities for growth within the aerospace and unmanned systems sectors. She forged numerous strategic relationships within the aero community and gained first hand understanding of the issues and challenges of growing this important industry in Virginia. Ms. Tynan is a graduate of the University of Virginia.

Register for the July 16, 2020 SVTC Virtual Luncheon:

Registration is required to access this meeting. After registering, you will immediately receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link. Please save it. (It is unique to you.)  (If on July 16 you can’t find it, let us know and we can resend it.)

Thank you luncheon sponsors!

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ICAP Lean Startup Introductory Course – Virtual Cohort (app deadline 6/21)

Based on the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps™ program for Lean Startup, 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.

Preferred Sectors

The cohort will give preference to startups focused on the following sectors/solutions:

  • CybersecuritySoftware | Telecommunications | | Information & Communication Technologies | E-Commerce | Networking & Equipment | Electronics/Instrumentation | Sensors | Materials | Drones | IoT
  • Pandemic ResponseBiotechnology | Biopharmaceuticals | Medical Devices | Laboratory Instrumentation | Diagnostics | Healthcare IT | Nutraceuticals | Agricultural | Software | Telecommunications | Information & Communication Technologies | Sensors | Manufacturing

Important Dates

  • June 21, 2020 – Applications are due by midnight
  • June 24, 2020 – 6:00pm – 8:00pm – Introductory Webinar
  • July 1, 2020 – Acceptance notifications and communication with next steps
  • July 8, 2020 – 1:00pm – 3:30pm – Customer Segments and Initial Team Presentations
  • July 9, 2020 – 1:00pm – 3:30pm – Value Proposition
  • July 10, 2020 – 1:00pm – 3:30pm – Customer Discovery
  • July 17, 2020 – Each team participates in a pre-scheduled group video call review of the team’s Customer Discovery Progress over the first week
  • July 24, 2020 – 1:00pm – 3:30pm – Final Team Presentations

During this introductory program, there is extensive work done outside the virtual classroom. In addition to the virtual class meetings, 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 adjunct to continue your progress on the Five Steps to Startup Success over the following 6 to 24 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 Seven-week National 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  I-Corps at George Washington University where he helps researchers, inventors, and technology startups develop their technology commercialization and technology business startup efforts. He is 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, 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.

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Register for ICAP July Virtual Cohort (submit applications by June 21, 2020)

SVTC Luncheon & Annual Meeting | Best Practices for Effective Remote Work: From the Sudden to the Sustainable

Thanks to COVID-19, millions of people were thrown into remote work with little to no preparation, and signs indicate that more businesses will be offering more remote work options in the future. Despite this situation not being ideal, organizations can still prepare their teams to succeed in short-term and long-term remote work. This webcast will explain the fundamental differences between sudden and sustainable remote work, and the essential skills and practices needed to succeed in both situations.

About the Speaker
Tammy Bjelland is the Founder and CEO of Workplaceless, a training company that teaches remote workers, leaders, and companies how to work, lead, grow, and thrive in distributed environments. With her background in higher education, publishing, edtech, eLearning, and corporate training, she is committed to driving and supporting the future of learning and the future of work. She holds a BA and MA from the University of Virginia and is a Certified Master Trainer by the Association for Talent Development, and lives in Winchester, VA.


Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will immediately receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link. Please save it. (It is unique to you.)  (If on June 10,  you can’t find it, let us know and we can resend it.)

This is also our Annual Meeting, and we will finish up our annual election for class 2 of directors. (Details)

Thank you, luncheon sponsors!


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Webinar: Future Proofing Your Business

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Join us to learn more about Disaster Recovery and how Segra is helping customers large and small with their Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) solution.

You’ll walk away with:

  • An overview of different Disaster Recovery tactics for business
  • An overview of the risk and rewards of outsourcing your disaster recovery
  • How having a scalable DRaaS plan can be a cost-effective solution
  • Security Risks to be aware of when looking to outsource your Disaster Recovery
  • An understanding of how DRaaS can help mitigate Ransomware

Register for June 4, 2020 “Future Proofing Your Business” Webinar

App. Deadline for Bricks and Clicks: Small Business Recovery Program

Bricks and Clicks for Small Business Recovery is a three-part, partnership-driven small business assistance program. It offers training, customized technical assistance, and the opportunity to receive a grant. Through Bricks & Clicks, technical experts will be matched with businesses for one-on-one consultations to help them identify solutions to their challenges. Additionally, grants up to $5,000 will be awarded for digital or bricks-and-mortar improvements designed to help customers feel safe and comfortable when patronizing businesses in-person, and more confident in their online purchases.

Applicants will be asked to discuss “problem statements” or challenges they are now facing in their recovery from the pandemic. The review team will use these statements to match selected applicants with various technical experts (business advisors, interior designers or architects, website developers, marketing experts, etc). These experts will take a deep dive with you into your business and offer customized recommendations and ideas to help your business solve challenges and support your long-term sustainability. When possible, we may match you with multiple experts to get you the support you need.

Most applicants already have an idea of the type of projects for which they would like to request grant funding. Your technical assistance expert can help you fine-tune a strategy for meeting your goals or for ways you can approach completing your project or solving a problem. Past Bricks & Clicks participants have said the deep-dive, personalized technical assistance was an incredibly helpful step in the program and would have had value on its own even if they didn’t get a grant. Grant funds will be reserved for most applicants selected for technical assistance (awards will depend on the proposed project and cost).

What if you already know what your business needs and already did research or consulted with someone? Tell us this in the application so you can bypass the technical assistance step and get permission to submit a grant proposal form. Filling out your application is important – you can get help with another challenge or problem if you’d like technical assistance in another area.

Who can apply?
Small businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19, have been in business for at least 1 year, and are located within the boundaries of downtown Harrisonburg are encouraged to apply. Contact if you’re not sure your business falls within these boundaries. Business owners should outline 1-3 problem statements, which could include, but are not limited to:

How to apply?
The Bricks and Clicks application will be made available on Monday, May 18th. All applications must be submitted by Tuesday, May 26th. Selected applicants will be notified by email by May 29th.

You will be asked to connect relevant findings of the customer feedback survey with how local consumer attitudes, preferences, and concerns might impact your business and how your problem statement and/or potential proposed project might address that data.

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DEF Charlottesville Virtual Link & Learn

Connect with the local National Security Innovation community and have an open discussion about relationships via SBIR, NSIN, and other means.

Event Agenda
1) DEF Charlottesville Agora Leads/Intros & Opening Remarks
2) Ross Ruffing talk on the SBIR process and how companies can get involved,
3) Kristen Hajduk, Director of Ops at NSIN, will give a brief talk about the National Security Innovation Network
4) JMU-X Labs Project Overviews
5) Open/small-group discussion

The event is a Zoom webinar. Participants will have access to chat & Q&A controls. Video and voice controls will be limited to hosts and panelists.

This virtual event is co-hosted by Ryzing Technologies,

Register for May 21, 2020 DEF Charlottesville Virtual Link & Learn

Capture Manager Happy Hour

Join the Inaugural Event of the Capture Manager Happy Hour. The CMHH will focus on Business Development in the US Government space.

Since this is the Inaugural Event, there will probably be a few “technical difficulties” to work out. The general format will provide a couple of minutes for each company representative to give their “elevator” pitch and then break out into small groups for more direct networking with colleagues. Make sure you are WebCAM ready.