Regional Events

Northern Virginia Technology Council
SBIR/STTR Grant Crash Course with Agency One-On-Ones

Date: April 25, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: CIT Building, MACH37 Offices
2214 Rock Hill Road
Herndon, Va. 20170

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funding is a set aside for small tech firms performing early stage research. With over $2.4B available, it represents 25% of all seed funding in the U.S. Virginia ranks third in the country in SBIR/STTR funding. Find out if your company is a fit for this non-dilutive funding source on April 25. This special session presents an introduction to the SBIR and STTR programs at 11 participating agencies, focusing primarily on NIH, NSF and DOD.

Topics covered include an overview of participating agencies, funding amounts, how agencies differ and the approach you need to take with them, how to engage with the agencies in advance, and tips for preparing your proposals. Find out if Small Business Innovation Research funding is a fit with your company! Hear from and meet with representatives from NSF, Homeland Security and DARPA. Hear how CIT helps Virginia based companies apply for SBIR.

  • Robert Brooke, Director, Federal Funding Programs, Center for Innovative Technology – SBIR Support for Virginia Technology Entrepreneurs
  • John Davis, Course Instructor, SBIR Resource Center
  • John Pucci, Department of Homeland Security SBIR Program
  • Susan Nichols, DARPA SBIR/STTR Program
  • Peter Atherton, National Science Foundation

  • More information and to register click here.

    New American Jobs Summit

    Date: May 3, 2017
    Location: Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill
    400 New Jersey Avenue NW
    Washington, D.C. 20001
    Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    Produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, the New American Jobs Summit will gather policymakers, industry leaders and key influencers to examine the future of jobs in the United States. The full day Summit will be held at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill on Wednesday, May 3. The Summit will explore how government and the private sector can collaborate to develop a competitive workforce, create new high-wage jobs and foster economic growth in the face of rapid technological innovation, an aging population and increased global competition.

  • Steve Cooker, Executive Vice President, Monster
  • Glenn DuBois, Chancellor, Virginia's Community Colleges
  • Shawn DuBravac, Chief Economist, CTA
  • Gary Shapiro, President and CEO, CTA

  • More information and to register click here.

    Senior Game Expo

    Date: May 4, 2017
    Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Location: George Mason University
    Dewberry Hall, Johnson Center, 4400 University Drive
    Fairfax, Va., 22030

    The graduating seniors of the Computer Game Design program are putting their best games, projects, and creations on show for you to play and experience. Enjoy games, food, and swag — all for free! We hope to see you there. May the 4th be with you.

    For more information click here.

    2017 Loudoun Small Business Conference

    Date: May 15, 2017
    Time: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    Location: Washington Dulles Airport Marriott
    45020 Aviation Drive
    Sterling, Va., 20166

    The 2017 Loudoun Small Business Conference will feature valuable seminars and presentations from industry experts to help small business owners, startups and entrepreneurs take your business to the next level.

    The keynote and breakout sessions are designed to help you gain valuable insight into trends affecting today’s small businesses and to give you tools to help your business thrive. This full-day event offers invaluable insights and exclusive networking opportunities with a wide range of business-critical topics such as hiring employees, sales strategies, social media, finding advisors and mentors, marketing strategies, ways to grow your business, creative ways to finance your business and much more! You will walk away with new knowledge that can help your business succeed in today’s economy.

    Spend a day with fellow entrepreneurs:
  • Hearing best practices in how to successfully start and grow your business
  • Networking with fellow business owners who can inspire you for success
  • Learning valuable tips and techniques to manage and grow your small business

  • The conference is hosted by the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Loudoun/Leesburg and the Loudoun County Department of Economic Development. The SBDC at MEC-Leesburg is a nonprofit, grant-funded program that provides services to small businesses in Loudoun County to help them start, grow and prosper. They offer low cost educational events and programs as well as no cost business advising services to individual small businesses. Their programs and services are funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

    For more information and to register click here .

    Can You Swim with the Piranhas?

    Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2017
    Time: 5:30 p.m.
    Location: The V Eatery and Brewery
    44630 Waxpool Road
    Ashburn, VA 20147

    Can your startup swim with the other fish in Piranha Tank?

    This month we are excited to welcome Piranha Tank to share their experience working with emerging technologies that solve real problems.

    Piranha Tank sniffs out entrepreneurs, inventors, business people, and innovators with the best ideas, and connects them with investors who can fund immediate growth. Their thought leaders travel the country, creating events and shows that inspire a new generation of sustainable business.

    Gore Bolton, founder of Piranha Tank, will be leading the discussion on his experience as an investor. Following the discussion guests will have an opportunity to ask questions.

    This event is included in Loudoun Small Business Week, a week to celebrate, educate and accelerate the growth of Loudoun's business community.

    Loudoun Tech Startups is the local group for the emerging and growing Loudoun Tech community to relax, network and learn together. Come out monthly to meet your tech-minded peers, discuss what you're working on, learn from a trending speaker and maybe even find your next opportunity. Loudoun Tech Startups has served the needs of the community since 2012. This group is sponsored through a partnership between Loudoun County Department of Economic Development and The Mason Enterprise Center-Leesburg.

    Register here.

    Nexus: Israel

    Date: May 22, 2017
    Location: New York, NY

    NEXUS: ISRAEL is an interactive conference uniting the leading finance, investment and business professionals with the most prolific innovators from the spheres of nanotechnology, computer, health, agriculture, environmental and life sciences, to build capacity for the next generation of technology investment, commercialization and knowledge exchange.

    This one-day event will showcase powerful stories at the intersection of invention, innovation, and commercialization of new technologies designed to create greater social and economic value around the world.

    Featured speakers include:
  • Daniel Kahneman, Nobel Laureate in Economics; author, Thinking Fast and Slow
  • Alan Patricof, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Greycroft LLC; Founder, Apax Partners
  • Maxine Fassberg, Long-serving CEO, Intel Israel
  • Jack Hidary, Senior Advisor, Google X
  • Roger Kornberg, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry; Stanford Professor, Structural Biology

  • More information and to learn more about registering click here.

    2017 Virginia Women Veterans Summit

    Date: June 22-23, 2017
    Location: Marriott Chesapeake
    725 Woodlake Drive
    Chesapeake, Va. 23320

    This event brings together Veterans, employers, community leaders and government agencies from the federal, state and local levels to raise awareness about the services and benefits offered specifically for women Veterans through expert presenters, panel discussion and exhibits.

    Welcome Reception:
    Thursday, June 22, 2017
    6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

    Friday, June 23, 2017
    8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    The Summit will feature:
  • Breakfast, lunch, and exhibitor networking
  • Presentations and panel discussions about how to successfully transition, balancing family with duty, and preparing for the civilian workplace
  • Esteemed Guests, speakers and presenters including: Dorothy McAuliffe, First Lady of Virginia (Invited); Deshauna Barber, Miss USA 2016, Army Reserves Captain; Dr. Nancy Glowacki, Women Veteran Program Manager, DOL VETS; Anne Sprute, Founder, RP6; Kayla M. Williams, Director of VA’s Center for Women Veterans

  • View the event flyer here.

    Pre-registration is required. Click here to register.