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December 4, 2015
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SVTC's Dec. Bits and Grits (Dec 15)
Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce Hosts Winter Legislative Breakfast (Dec 16)
Nov. 19 SVTC Luncheon Presentation File Posted
Lessons Learned: Snapshots from Virginia's Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
Governor McAuliffe Announces Funding for Key Cybersecurity Priorities in Next Biennial Budget
Serco Awarded $95 Million Patent Classification Contract with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Titan Medical Inc. Signs an Agreement With Cadence Device, Inc
MACH37 Cyber Accelerator Accepting Applications for spring 2016 session
Job Opportunity: Database Administrator - TSSi
SVTC's Bits and Grits
December 15, 8-9am; Mrs. Rowes, Staunton, VA

Come get together for great breakfast and to talk some tech. Dutch treat. No reservations required. 

 

This is where our technology users and creators get together to connect about various topics (while eating some good food!). This occurs on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. Look for Kurt Plowman.  

 

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Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce Hosts Winter Legislative Breakfast
Wed. Dec. 16, 2015, Brightview Baldwin Park, Staunton, 8:00am-9:15am

The Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce and their Government Affairs Committee invite you to be a part of their Annual Winter Legislative Breakfast on Wed. Dec. 16, 2015 at Brightview Baldwin Park in Staunton from 8:00 am-9:15 am. 

Enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast as you connect with your State Legislators: Senator Emmett Hanger, Delegates Steve Landes, Dickie Bell and Ben Cline.  They will be reviewing proposed bills and  issues facing the 2016 General Assembly Session. A question and answer period from the business leaders in attendance will follow their comments. Special thanks to  sponsors Shenandoah Valley Office Equipment, the Greater Augusta Association of Realtors, Dominion Virginia Power, and Brightview Baldwin Park.

Cost is $15 Chamber Member/$20 Non-Chamber Member. 

 
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SVTC Luncheon Recap (Dec 19: Sandie Terry, Center for Innovative Technology, Broadband)

Whether you attended our Nov. 19 luncheon or not, you might be interested in Sandie's presentation on broadband initiatives. She's agreed to let us post it!  Direct link to: NOV 19 SVTC LUNCHEON PRESENTAon Broadband in TI

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Lessons Learned: Snapshots from Virginia's Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
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 w/permission from VCEN (Virginia Community Economic Network)

Posted by Conaway Haskins. http://www.sourcelinkvirginia.org/home 

This is a hot time for entrepreneurial development in Virginia. All across the Commonwealth, conferences, hackathons, startup weekends, coffee chats, summits, and festivals are popping up. Workshops are increasingly being offered to help Virginians pursue what is fast becoming the new American dream - owning a small business. This trend is reinforced by national data and analysis:
  • Small Business Ownership is the second greatest source of household wealth after home equity, and over 15% of the U.S. Labor-force owns a microbusiness (CFED).
  • In most counties in the U.S., the percent of workers employed by locally- or resident-owned businesses outweigh the percent of workers employed by nonresident-owned businesses Smaller local businesses have a more positive effect on local economic performance - per-capita income growth, employment growth, and change in poverty - than larger local businesses. (Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank).
  • From 2001 through 2009 (including the 9/11 crisis and the Great Recession), non-local employers (businesses located in one region but headquartered in another state) cut 7.1 million jobs and America's largest employers eliminated another 9 million jobs. Meanwhile, America's smallest firms generated 8 million net new jobs and self-employment grew by 3.2 million, a 91% increase (Center for Rural Entrepreneurship)
  • Between 1998 and 2008, Stage 2 companies (10-99 workers) were responsible for the creation of an estimated 2 million jobs, while large companies lost 3.7 million jobs (Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank)
Engagement with a wide array of community and economic developers, business assistance groups, entrepreneurs, civic and government leaders across Virginia has provided us with a bird's eye view for the happenings in and around Virginia's economic & entrepreneurial development scene over the past year.  Now that Global Entrepreneurship Week is upon us, there may be no better time to offer up some snapshot reflections on what we've seen as VCEN &SourceLink Virginia have journeyed to the heart of Virginia's entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Here's some of what we've learned so far:
  • Entrepreneurship ecosystems are inherently and fundamentally local and ..... 
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Governor McAuliffe Announces Funding for Key Cybersecurity Priorities in Next Biennial Budget

WOODBRIDGE - Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that his two-year budget will include significant funding to boost Virginia's cybersecurity industry through strategic educational investments. Governor McAuliffe made the announcement at the Commonwealth Conference on Cyber and Education at Northern Virginia Community College's Woodbridge Campus,
 
"I am committed to building the new Virginia economy, and cybersecurity education is a key component. I created the Cyber Commission to analyze how we can better prepare for the 21st century economy through a stronger focus on the fast-growing cybersecurity sector. Per its guidance, I will invest in an innovative cyber range and provide funding so that more of our higher education institutions can become designated as Centers for Academic Excellence. I will also invest in cyber scholarships and apprenticeship models," said Governor McAuliffe.
 
The Governor's cybersecurity investments will include:
  • Investments to enhance individuals' practical skills for entering the cyber workforce.
    • Scholarships for service will give students two years of tuition assistance in return for two years of public service upon graduation. If approved, Virginia will be the first state in the nation to do so on the state level.
    • Cyber apprenticeship models will allow students to transfer between school and the workforce to gain real-world experience in the cyber field.
    • An innovative cyber range that will provide high school and college students a virtual, secure platform to enhance their cyber skills. The range will enable the Commonwealth to provide training on cyberattack detection and defense, to develop cyber certifications, to encourage collaboration within the industry, to conduct research, and to offer training for active duty military and veterans.
  • Funding to increase the number of Centers for Academic Excellence in Virginia. Centers for Academic Excellence (CAE) are certified universities and colleges that meet national standards for cybersecurity training. Northern Virginia Community College was the first two-year institution in Virginia to be named a Center for Academic Excellence. Early last month, Lord Fairfax Community College became the second community college to earn this important distinction. Additional community colleges are applying this January to be Centers of Academic Excellence. Funding in the budget will enable the Governor to pursue his goal for all 23 of Virginia's community colleges to achieve this recognition. The budget also includes funding for the faculty, staff and programming needed to assist four-year institutions as they seek this national recognition. So far, eight four-year institutions in Virginia, both public and private, have this designation.
"Building a quality talent pipeline is paramount in developing Virginia as the nation's cybersecurity leader. All of today's proposed budget investments will contribute directly to the Commonwealth's ability to meet industry needs," said Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson.
 
"This unique Education and Cyber conference has brought together stakeholders from across the Commonwealth to develop solutions and share ideas, and I am thrilled that this crucial work will continue," said Secretary of Education Anne Holton. "Today, we have taken a dramatic first step in making sure we are providing our students with the skills and training they need to fill the cutting-edge cybersecurity jobs of the 21st century."
 
On December 17th Governor McAuliffe will formally announce the biennial budget. Key investments will include K-12 education, economic development and veterans.


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Serco logoMember News: Serco Awarded $95 Million Patent Classification Contract with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

RESTON, VA - November 30, 2015 - Serco Inc., a provider of professional, technology, and management services, announced today the Company has been awarded a patent classification services contract with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  Serco will provide initial patent classification and reclassification services to support USPTO's core mission of examining, granting, and disseminating patents and trademarks.  The recompete contract has a one-year base period with four one-year option periods, and is valued at $95 million over the five-year period, if all options and award terms are exercised.  

Serco's highly trained Scientists and Engineers are responsible for reviewing, analyzing, and applying classification symbols to newly submitted patent applications to assist with the USPTO examination process.  Throughout the classification process, our team performs comprehensive performance management; quality assurance; information security; training; knowledge management; and IT support, engineering, and development of custom software.  

Serco has supported the USPTO under this program since its inception in 2006, and currently processes approximately 1,600 applications a day, and over 400,000 applications annually.  Under the contract, Serco has been instrumental in assisting the USPTO as it transitioned to a new international classification standard called Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) and will continue to provide services within CPC that enables the USPTO to align and lead within the global intellectual property environment.  Work on this program will continue to take place in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

"We are extremely honored to have been selected to continue to deliver patent classification services to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office," said Dan Allen, Chairman and CEO of Serco Inc. "Our team continues our focus on operational excellence and incorporating innovative solutions, for classification services, in the most economic and efficient manner."

About Serco Inc.: Serco Inc. is a leading provider of professional, technology, and management services.  We advise, design, integrate, and deliver solutions that transform how clients achieve their missions.  Our customer-first approach, robust portfolio of services, and global experience enable us to respond with solutions that achieve outcomes with value.  Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Serco Inc. has approximately 10,000 employees and an annual revenue of $1.2 billion.  Serco Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Serco Group plc, a $5.9 billion international business that helps transform government and public services around the world.  More information about Serco Inc. can be found at www.serco-na.com.


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Member News: Titan Medical Inc. Signs an Agreement With Cadence Device, Inc. for Manufacturing of Instruments for the SPORT™ Surgical System

Toronto, ON - (Marketwired - November 30, 2015) - Titan Medical Inc. ("Titan" or the "Company") (TSX: TMD) (OTCQX: TITXF) today announced that it has signed an agreement with Cadence Device, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cadence, Inc., ("Cadence"). Under the terms of the agreement, Cadence will develop, manufacture and manage the supply chain, sterilization and distribution for multi-articulating robotic instruments for use with Titan's SPORT™ Surgical System.
 
John Hargrove, Chairman and CEO of Titan Medical Inc., commented, "We are very excited to partner with Cadence, a leading contract manufacturer in the medical field. Their proven level of expertise will be key for the development and manufacture of innovative multi-articulating instruments, which are important for Titan's success as we move closer to the commercialization of the SPORT Surgical System."
 
Alan Connor, President and CEO of Cadence stated, "We are pleased to partner with Titan to help design and build the instrumentation for the SPORT Surgical System. We are very impressed with what Titan is preparing to bring to the market and look forward to playing a key role in the continued advancement of this novel robotic system."
 
About Titan Medical Inc. - Titan Medical Inc. is a Canadian public company focused on the design and development of a robotic surgical system for application in minimally invasive surgery ("MIS"). The Company's Single Port Orifice Robotic Technology, SPORT™ Surgical System, currently under development, is comprised of a surgeon-controlled robotic platform that includes a 3D vision system and interactive instruments for performing MIS procedures, and a surgeon workstation that provides the surgeon with an interface to the robotic platform for controlling the interactive instruments and providing a 3D endoscopic view of inside a patient's body during MIS procedures. The SPORT™ Surgical System is being designed to expand robotic surgery into both simple and complex areas of surgical specialties and procedures that are currently under-serviced. It is also being designed to allow surgeons to perform procedures within small- to medium-size surgical spaces for general abdominal, gynecologic, and urologic indications. For more information, visit the Company's website at www.titanmedicalinc.com.
 
About Cadence Device, Inc. - Cadence Device, Inc. is a part of Cadence, Inc. (www.cadenceinc.com), a leading contract manufacturer of advanced products for medical device OEMs. Cadence develops new products that others cannot, builds processes that others will not, and delivers outcomes that simply make the world work better. Cadence enables improved product performance and economics for new medical devices. Advanced plastics and metals capabilities coupled with finished device assembly make a turn-key impact that matters. Cadence employs nearly 500 people worldwide with headquarters in Staunton, VA and other locations in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Wisconsin and a near-shore location in the Dominican Republic. To find out more about Cadence Device, visit www.cadencedevice.com.

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MACH37 Cyber Accelerator Accepting Applications for spring 2016 session 
Spring '16 Cohort to Begin on March 14th
 
The MACH37™ Cyber Accelerator has officially announced it will begin accepting applications from information security product startups and security entrepreneurs for its Spring 2016 (S16) Cohort that begins on March 14th. The MACH37™ program consists of an intense 90-day program in which the selected startups are coached in all aspects of creating a sustainable and successful business.  
 
MACH37™ encourages entrepreneurs with emerging products and companies to apply for the S16 Cohort, which will be limited to 8 companies. The program is open to startups from any geography whose founders are ready to immerse themselves in a mentorship program designed to produce the next generation of leading security product companies. The program brings together domain experts, successful security entrepreneurs, buyers, and investors familiar with the security market into a platform that supports the rapid launch of next generation security technologies.
 
Upon acceptance into the program, participants receive a $50,000 investment to develop and launch their ideas into the market.  Following completion of the program and a successful Demo Day presentation, the CIT GAP Fund will match up to $100,000 of outside investment for companies located in Virginia.  MACH37™ companies will benefit from ongoing access to the MACH37 Stars Mentor Network and will receive support throughout the life of their enterprise.
 
Since MACH37™ was launched in 2013, the accelerator has accepted five classes of startups to participate in the program. The Fall 2015 Cohort is currently in session and will culminate with a Demo Day on December 8th, 2015. Following the graduation of the F15 class, MACH37™ will have helped create 29 new cybersecurity companies.
 
Bob Stratton, MACH37™ General Partner, said, "Every day, we add new connected devices and new security risks to almost every aspect of our online lives. MACH37's unique program allows entrepreneurs to validate their disruptive cybersecurity concepts that solve these problems, and prepare their companies for investment. For the upcoming Spring 2016 Cohort, we are looking for companies and founders who are putting their best ideas into developing innovative products that address these risks at scale."
 
MACH37™ is looking for candidates who:
  • Are building a disruptive information security technology product
  • Are delivering foundational security capabilities that enable entirely new products & markets
  • Have the will and endurance to turn their labor into commercial success
  • Have ideally built a team of 2-4 co-founders
  • Need help with startup capital, introductions, and navigating pitfalls
  • Are seeking rapid growth through venture capital
  • Are willing to be in Virginia for the entire 90 day program and commit to the venture full-time
 
To apply, visit www.mach37.com/apply and fill-out the online application.  MACH37 will be accepting rolling submissions but participants are highly encouraged to apply by December 4th. For more information, please direct inquiries to ledger.west@mach37.com or visit https://www.mach37.com.
 
MACH37™ is the first business accelerator to focus exclusively on information security innovations and startups. It brings together domain experts, successful cybersecurity entrepreneurs, and investors to create a platform for innovators and their startups to rapidly develop themselves into promising companies prepared for financing.
 
About MACH37™
MACH37™ is the premier accelerator for information security entrepreneurs and startups.  We go beyond the traditional model of typical business accelerators by bringing our innovators focused mentorship and support from our extensive network of visionaries, practitioners, buyers, and successful entrepreneurs in security.  Our Spring and Fall sessions are designed to propel graduating companies into the marketplace, equipped with the skills to grow and compete for funding and market share. MACH37™ was launched in 2013 by the Center for Innovative Technology, in Herndon, Virginia.  To learn more, please visit www.mach37.com and follow  @MACH37cyber on Twitter

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Job Opportunity: Database Administrator - TSSi

TSSi is seeking qualified candidates for a Database Administrator position.  This position will be responsible for maintaining the ERP (Dynamics AX) databases and applications.  Requiring both technical level experience and the ability to interface with all levels of users including user support and training.  Previous experience in Database Administration and  familiarity with the implementation of new systems a plus.  Experience with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and/or 2012 and Dynamics NAV or AX is highly preferred.  Qualifications include the ability to maintain and administer TCP/IP networks, assist technical end users in database design and query optimization, create and implement training on AX system for all end users.
 
TSSi offers a competitive salary and benefits.  For additional information about TSSi or to view the full job description go to http://www.tssi-ops.com/careers/. No calls please, qualified candidates can apply by submitting resume and/or application to tssihr@tssi-ops.com.  TSSi is an equal opportunity employer. 

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