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December 5, 2014  
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Pre-Session Legislative Breakfast
CIT's preview of: Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF)
SourceLink Virginia
CS4Va: Hour of Code, Dec 6 @ JMU and state-wide (for middle & high schoolers, adults)
CS4Va Workshops at BRCC
Valley SBDC Business Smarts
APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional Training
Cyber Intelligence Analysis
FLL State Competition
Demo Day for Cyber Startups
Pre-Session Legislative Breakfast
hosted by the H/R Chamber of Commerce and the S.V. Technology Council
Thursday, December 11th, 7:30 am - 9:00 am; Holiday Inn, Harrisonburg

Join us as we listen to our area legislators and engage with them on the issues affecting business in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. This event is brought to you by the HR Chamber in partnership with the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council.

 

Chamber & SVTC Members: $10. Non-Member: $15

 

Registration: December 11 Legislative Breakfast

 

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Deadline approaching: CIT's preview of: Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF)

The Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) advances science and technology-based research, development, and commercialization to drive economic growth in Virginia. In support of these goals, Governor McAuliffe and the General Assembly appropriated $2.8 million to the Fund for each year, FY2015 and FY2016. 


 

On November 14, CIT released the RFP for the CRCF FY2015 solicitation, and the deadline to submit Letters of Intent (LOIs) is quickly approaching! If you're interested in applying for funding, LOIs must be submitted by Tuesday, December 16 at 5:00 p.m. Complete information regarding the solicitation, including the link to submit an LOI, is available at www.cit.org/initiatives/crcf/fy2015-solicitation/.


To aid applicants in the CRCF process, a series of live webinars will be offered. Register below or from the link above for one (or more!) of the sessions.

 

Solicitation Overview and Completing the LOI

Tuesday, December 9, 11:00 a.m. | REGISTER

 

The Application Process

Wednesday, December 17, 11:00 a.m. | REGISTER (select date)

Tuesday, January 13, 11:00 a.m. | REGISTER (select date)

 

Completing the Budget/Budget Narrative

Wednesday, December 17, 1:00 p.m. | REGISTER (select date)

Thursday, January 15, 11:00 a.m. | REGISTER (select date)

 

Recordings of the webinars will be available at the link above following each session. Additional resources, such as FAQs, are also available to assist those interested in applying. CRCF staff will answer questions via crcf@cit.org.


 

CRCF advances research and commercialization, drives economic growth, creates and fosters high-potential technology companies, and strengthens collaboration and partnerships between the public and private sectors. Technology sectors eligible for CRCF funding are drawn from the Commonwealth Research and Technology Strategic Roadmap, which identifies research areas worthy of economic development and institutional focus in Virginia.

 

Interested in learning about previous solicitations? Visit www.cit.org/initiatives/crcf/ for a complete list of awardees and to access CRCF Annual Reports.

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SourceLink Virginia
Would like to increase its resource directory!

The SVTC and other area resources are already listed. However, please check out who is listed and if you think someone is missing and should be added, please direct them to use this link: SourceLinkVirginia Resource Partner Survey. 

The key features of this new program are the searchable resource directory, a centralized (and localized) events and workshops calendar, and a blog with news and updates from around the Virginia entrepreneurial development universe. They have also built-in connectivity to the Virginia Business One-Stop. Thanks to the support of the initial state agency and private-sector sponsors, access to SourceLink Virginia is provided free of charge to both service providers and entrepreneurs. This is an EXCELLENT resource. FREE. 


 

About SourceLink Virginia

SourceLink Virginia is a project of the Virginia Community Economic Network. This online portal It is designed to connect aspiring, emerging, and established entrepreneurs to business assistance providers who can help them grow and succeed. SourceLink Virginia provides entrepreneurs with free and easy access to the resources they need- when they need it. 
 

How do we accomplish this?

SourceLink Virginia connects a large network of business assistance organizations who offer a wide variety of business-building services for small businesses and entrepreneurs. We facilitate the linking of these resource providers to one another and to established, emerging and start-up enterprises throughout the Commonwealth.
Our network's resource partners provide a wide range of business-related services, including:
 

  • Business Planning
  • Loans/Financing
  • Marketing/Sales
  • Licenses/Permits
  • Startups
  • Product Development
  • Training Classes
  • Government Contracts
  • Operations
Check out SourceLink at http://sourcelinkvirginia.org/

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CS4Va: Hour of Code. For middle and high school students and adults
Saturday, December 6th, 10:00am - 4:00pm
JMU CS/ISAT Building

 

CS4Va is a precursor to the nationwide Hour of Code held during CSEd Week. JMU Computer Science (in collaboration with 4 other institutions from Virginia -Virginia Tech, UVA, and GMU-) is organizing a one-day state-wide Computer Science outreach program during this year's CS Education Week. We are calling this state-wide Virginia initiative CS4Va Day.

 

CS4Va promotes and supports a community of learning and engagement in computer science for K-12 students throughout every corner of Virginia. 

 

Launched in 2013, Code.orgĀ® is a non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. 

 

This event is open to all middle & high school students, as well as adults. There is a new session every hour. Parking is FREE for everyone in all the parking lots of East Campus of JMU for the entire day (D2, C10, C12). Parking details: JMU Parking, detailed map ("Skyline")

 

Please contact rahma2fx@jmu.edu for more information.

 

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CS4Va Workshops
Saturday, December 6th, 9:00am-12:00pm
Blue Ridge Community College

CS4Va is a collective effort by higher education institutions in Virginia to promote and support a community of learning and engagement in computer science across the Commonwealth. Celebrate Computer Science for Virginia at Blue Ridge Community College with free workshops for middle and high-school students!

 

* Game Programming: use simple drag-and-drop tools, learn computer programming basics to create 3D computer animations and games.

* Lego Robotics: use Lego Mindstorm software and hardware to create customizable, programmable robots.

* Flash: animation

* Arduino: small, but powerful circuit board computers; use plug-and-play sensors and components to build projects.

 

No previous experience is needed for any of these workshops!

 

9-9:15AM. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Arrive and Sign-in (D-building, room 102)

 

9:15 -10:30. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Workshop 1

 

10:30-10:45. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Break

 

10:45-12noon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Workshop 2

 

12 noon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dismissal

 

Online pre-registration is required: http://goo.gl/forms/vulqz1Ejyt

 

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Valley SBDC Business Smarts
Friday, December 12th, 7:30am - 9:00am
American National University

Join the Valley Small Business Development Center for business over breakfast! Each month we co-host a morning filled with business education and networking. The 2014 Business Smarts Series' focus is Telling Your Business Story. Every small business has a story to tell. This year will explore the methods and media you can use to tell your unique story. 

 

The Business Smarts Breakfast sessions are held on the 2nd Friday of every month at American National University (SVTC member)(formerly National College) with networking opportunities and guest presentations on a variety of topics.

 

The series is sponsored by your Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center (SVTC member), the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce, and the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE).  Breakfast is provided by The HoneyBaked Ham Company.

 

$10 HR Chamber Members, $10 non-members.

 

Register at www.valleysbdc.org

 

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APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional
Tuesdays/Thursdays starting January 20th, 6pm - 9pm
JMU ICE House

James Madison University Outreach & Engagement is proud to announce our partnership with The Blue Ridge APICS, Inc., Chapter of APICS The Association for Operations Management! We have teamed up to offer the APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) Preparation Course to expand your supply chain knowledge and prepare you for the APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional certification exam.

 

The APICS CSCP (Certified Supply Chain Professional) program is the most widely recognized educational program designed for supply chain and operations management professionals. The program will equip you with the knowledge and skills demanded of supply chain leaders in all sectors of the worldwide economy, including service, manufacturing, and government. Individuals will review designing a successful supply chain strategy; effectively managing supplier and customer relationships; recognizing how logistics, technology, and data can enhance performance; and how to seamlessly incorporate all processes to increase customer satisfaction and improve the organization's bottom line.

 

Courses will be held at the JMU Ice House in convenient downtown Harrisonburg. For businesses registering 2 or more employees for our open enrollment courses, corporate discounts are available.  On-site corporate training is also available; please contact our office for further details.

 

The first class will be held on January 20 - March 5, 2015. For more information about the APICS CSCP Learning System, visit our website at http://www.jmu.edu/outreach/programs/all/apics.

 

 

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JMU student presentations on:
Cyber Intelligence Analysis

December 11, 2014, 1-3pm, 3:30-5:30pm
JMU, ISAT/CS Bldg

 

On Dec 11th, JMU students will give their presentations on Cyber Intelligence Analysis of Several Data Breaches.  Briefings will emphasize the importance of also understanding cybersecurity from the perspective of cyber threats and threat actors. The presentations will highlight the work of student teams on generating open source intelligence about past data breaches in retail and healthcare industries.

The briefings will be presented on Thu., Dec 11th, at JMU (Integrated Science & Technology), Harrisonburg, VA. The first group of briefings is 1-3 pm; another from 3:30-5:30pm.

Please contact Dr. Edna Reid at reid2ef@jmu.edu if you would like to attend.

 

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LEGOS and robotics:
FIRST Lego League (FLL) State Competition

December 6 & 7, 2014; JMU Memorial Hall (Sat), and Harrisonburg High School (Sun).

FREE. Registration not required. Bring the LEGO and/or the robotics nut over! Open to the public.


 

Dec 6 info for FLL @ Memorial Hall

Dec 7 info for FLL @ Harrisonburg High School

 

About VA-DC FIRST Lego League


FIRST Lego League (FLL) is a fun STEM activity that celebrates science and technology with children aged 9 through 14. Using LEGO MINDSTORMS Robotics Invention System technology, young participants can build a robot using LEGO bricks and other elements such as sensors, motors, and gears. Teams gain hands-on experience in engineering and computer programming principles as they construct and program their unique robot inventions.

Mark you calendars for December 6 & 7 for the FLL  Virginia / DC FIRST Lego League competition which is held at JMU's Memorial Hall. It's a massive event; it pits 100 teams of 9 - 14 year olds from across the state against each other in 3 competitions.  They come with team 3-9 members, plus coaches, mentors, parents, siblings  and assorted supporters.  They stay the night; dine and shop; and compete for 2 frantic days of non-stop action.  

 

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Demo Day for Cyber Startups
Herndon, VA

 

 

CIT and MACH37™ Cyber Accelerator Hold 3rd Demo Day for Cyber Startups: 12 entrepreneurs of cybersecurity startups presented to investors, industry leaders 

 

December 2, 2014 (HERNDON, Va.) - The Center for Innovative Technology and the MACH37™ Cyber Accelerator hosted over 100 investors today at its third Demo Day to hear pitches from entrepreneurs of 12 cybersecurity startups. Guests included accredited investors representing top-tier venture capital firms, leading edge technology companies and angel groups from the Washington, D.C. region and east coast.

 

Rick Gordon, Managing Partner of MACH37™, said, "The Fall 2014 cohort is an outstanding representation of the creativity and deep domain expertise that is nationally attracted to participate in MACH37. This is a testimony to not only the strong mentor support assets we have in this area, but also to the excellent program we have developed by leveraging those assets to rapidly create new companies that deliver disruptive innovations to this growing market."

 

Today's presenters included seven startups that graduated from the MACH37™ Fall Cohort. They are creating innovations in several critical areas of security, including messaging cryptography, cloud-based security, encryption, incident response and simulation. Below are the companies that comprise the Fall Cohort:

  • Joshua Marpet, Co-Founder/CEO, BiJoTi
  • Ryan Lester, Co-Founder/CEO, and Josh Boehm, Co-Founder, Cyph
  • Eric Whittleton, Co-Founder/CEO, iAspire
  • Karthik Bhat, Founder/CEO, SecureDB
  • P Bourget, Co-Founder/CEO, Syncurity Networks
  • Michael W. Wellman, Co-Founder/CEO, Virgil Security
  • Marcus Carey, Founder/CEO, vThreat

 

Others presenting at today's Demo Day graduated from earlier MACH37™ Cyber Accelerator programs:

  • Joe Klein, CEO, Disrupt6
  • Nick Duan, CEO, IDentia, Inc.
  • Shawn Key, CEO, Key Cybersecurity
  • Roy Stephan, CEO, PierceGTI
  • Ethan Allen, CEO, and Roderick Flores, Founder, Sikernes

 

For more information on the presenting companies, please visit: https://www.mach37.com/explore/cohort-companies/.

 

Pete Jobse, CIT President and CEO and MACH37™ Executive Chairman, said, "MACH37™ reduces barriers to cyber security product company formation by delivering customer, investor and management relationships and guidance that enable next generation technology to be more rapidly deployed while reducing investor risk. MACH37 has created an ecosystem that is globally unique and will serve as the creative center for cyber security products."

 

The application period for the MACH37™ Spring 2015 (S15) Cohort is now open.  Entrepreneurs with emerging products and companies are encouraged to apply by visiting www.mach37.com  and filling out the online application.  The program is open to startups from any geography whose founders are ready to engage in a rigorous mentorship program designed to produce the next generation of leading security product companies. 

 

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, 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.

 

About the Center for Innovative Technology

Since 1985, CIT, a nonprofit corporation, has been Virginia's primary driver of innovation and entrepreneurship.  To learn more, please visit www.cit.org.  Follow CIT on Twitter @CITorg and add the Center for Innovative Technology on LinkedIn and Facebook.

 

Contact:           

Hap Connors | (703) 689-3048 | hap.connors@cit.org

Michelle Schafer | Merritt Group for MACH37™ | (703) 403-6377 | Schafer@merrittgrp.com

 

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Highlighting Level 1 New Member:
ShouldersCorp

ShouldersCorp is a 17 year old company that has been in the business of designing and developing enterprise applications that are scalable, robust and low maintenance. We specialize in agile legacy re-engineering. Our seasoned team is comprised of "A" players who are hands-on project managers, architects, designers, developers, Q/A professionals and professional technical writers. Most have more than 20 years of professional software development experience building real time n tier systems and applications. We "jump-start" our development projects by using a substantial set of pre-tested, open source software. Also all of our systems and applications seamlessly integrate with other vendors' applications. ShouldersCorp has developed a light weight methodology that enables us to predict, manage, measure and deliver complex projects in 100 day cycles. We have a track record of delivering over a dozen solutions on time, on spec, and on budget. One of these projects involved replacing 11 million lines of COBOL and C++ code with only 500,000 lines of re-engineered Java.

 

Website: www.shoulderscorp.com

 

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Highlighting Level 2 Renewing Member:
Sentara RMH Medical Center

Sentara RMH Medical Center, located in Harrisonburg, VA, is a 238-bed community hospital providing the best in healthcare services since 1912. We serve a seven-county area with a population of close to 200,000, admitting more than 15,500 inpatients and delivering close to 1,750 babies per year.

 

Website: http://www.rmhonline.com/

 

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Highlighting Level 2 Renewing Member:
Blue Ridge Community College

Blue Ridge Community College, established in 1967, strives to anticipate the educational needs of the central Shenandoah Valley, providing comprehensive programs and services within an environment of academic excellence. BRCC offers: **associates degrees for the career-minded **transfer opportunities (including guaranteed admissions agreements more than 20 Virginia colleges and universities through the college/university transfer program) **customized training for business/industry (on-site or at BRCC) **short-term career preparation and training **special interest and personal enrichment classes for all ages **art exhibits, musical and theatrical performances. BRCC is located in Weyers Cave, Virginia, approximately halfway between the cities of Harrisonburg and Staunton, and has two off campus centers - one in Harrisonburg and one on the grounds of Augusta Health in Fishersville. The College offers day and evening classes, in the classroom and online, and affordable tuition with many financial aid options.

 

Website: http://www.brcc.edu/

 

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