Understand why Charlottesville is a great place to innovate.

A video Celebrating Charlottesville's Innovation Community
Video filmed by DIGICO

Why Charlottesville?

If you are familiar with Charlottesville, you will already know why it is consistently voted one of the best places to live and work on the East coast.

If not then let us introduce you to a beautiful and historical city, nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Less than two hours south of Washington D.C., Charlottesville is the proud home to two World Heritage Sites: the University of Virginia and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.

The vast majority of tech company offices are located near downtown — many in or just off the historic downtown mall or within easy walk thereof — with its restaurants, festivals, free concerts and an eclectic arts, culture and growing tech community right on their doorsteps.

Add to this the opportunity for outdoor adventure, numerous local vineyards, breweries, superb restaurants, amenities you would only expect to find in much bigger cities and a unique mix of urban sophistication and spectacular rural beauty and you’ll immediately fall in love with this very special place.

Want to know more about whether Charlottesville is the place for you? Here are a few things you might want to take a look at:

Happiness is a place called Charlottesville, Virginia

And the Happiest City in America Is...

Charlottesville - America's #1 Community

About Charlottesville

Still not convinced? Even more accolades…

#CvilleTech Acquisitions, Exits, Wins, Accolades

Cavion Inc. Closes $26.1 MM in Series A Financing (January 2017)

Meriwhether Startup Report Series:  a series of conversations with founders and those who support startups in Charlottesville (2017)

Episode 1: Tracey Greene, Executive Director of CBIC

Episode 2: Payam Pourtaheri, CoFounder of AgroSpheres 

Episode 3: Jim Murray, Court Square Ventures 

Charlottesville Named No. 4 in US as Best City for Entrepreneurs by Livability and Entrepreneur Magazine (July 2016)

Virginia Business Magazine: A new story line? (June 2016)

Tech Scene Updates from Tracey Greene on WINA (June 2016) 

Cville Ranks #1 in Venture Capital Funding Growth (2016)

#CvilleTechToast: A growing list of tech startup successes (ongoing)  

Why Charlottesville is a Great home For Tech Businesses (2015)

SNL Financial Acquired by McGraw Hill for $2.2 Billion (2015)  

FireEye's Acquisition of nPulse Technologies Valued at $70 Million (2014) 

Angels among us: How Charlottesville is becoming a hot spot for start-ups (2013) 

Silverchair Learning Systems Acquired by Vista Equity Partners (2012)  

Green Light Energy Acquired by PB for $98 Million (2006)

About the Author
Tracey Greene
Author: Tracey GreeneWebsite: http://CvilleInnovation.org
Executive Director, Charlottesville Business Innovation Council and Charlottesville Angel Network
Tracey's passion for igniting the Charlottesville area’s entrepreneurial and high-tech community is evident by her extensive volunteer roles over the past 15 years, coupled with her current roles as Executive Director of CBIC and the Charlottesville Angel Network, which she founded in 2015. Tracey has served for more than 25 years in sectors including biotechnology, start-ups, trade association and non-profit management delivering results in a variety of roles –communications, public relations, marketing, legal, fundraising, investor relations, technology training, operations, conference and event management, leadership development, and more. Tracey’s enthusiastic community building stimulates personal and group excellence. She is probably best known as an influential connector who seemingly knows everyone and inspires thoughts into action.