CBIC honors local tech entrepreneurs, students, teachers

Eleven leaders in tech — from high school students to large companies — were honored Thursday night during the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council’s annual awards gala.


The CBIC, a nonprofit council of technology-related businesses, organizes the gala every year to celebrate the area’s achievements in innovation.


“There’s so many things happening in Charlottesville, but it’s nowhere in one place,” said 2018 CBIC Student Entrepreneur of the Year Ashwinraj Karthikeyan. “Here, you can talk to all sorts of people doing really cool things in the entrepreneurial community.”


A recent graduate of the University of Virginia, Karthikeyan founded the chronic wound care company InMEDBio as a student. His award included a $1,000 grant.


More than 400 people attended the event at the Paramount Theater, which included a showcase of early-stage startups and an optional dance party.


“Two years ago, when I came to my first one of these, that’s where I met the person who helped make our first prototype,” said gala attendee Arjun Dirghangi while manning a table for his medical startup, Scanoptix … read more