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January 6, 2017
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HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM SVTC! Check Out all of the Upcoming 2017 Events!!
Entrepreneurial Spark Speaker Series (1/12)
Bits and Grits (1/17)
Caffeinate/Innovate (1/18)
SVTC Luncheon: MACH37 Cyber Accelerator | What is it and how to participate (1/19)
Tech on the Wharf (1/19)
Invest Local Meet & Greet January 2017 (1/19)
E-N Computers Lunch & Learn: Help Desk Best Practice (2/8)
MACH37 Cyber Accelerator Opens Applications for Spring 2017 Session
Job Opening: Associate Instructor of Technical Studies
Job Opening: Chiedo Labs front-end/back-end Developers
Shenandoah Valley Technology Council
 wishes you a Happy New Year!

Entrepreneurial Spark Speaker Series
Jan. 12, 2017; 4:30pm Ruby's Lounge 

SAVE THE DATE!  The next Entrepreneurial Spark Speaker Series is January 12th at 4:30. 

Speaker: Kyle Byrd. Kyle is a JMU graduate who went on to appear on Shark Tank. Come hear about his entrepreneurial journey and meet some cool folks. 

Where: the cozy confines of Ruby's Lounge. 

More information/Registration:   Entrepreneurial Spark Series

Bits and Grits

Jan. 17, 2017 | Mrs. Rowes |Staunton

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.  

 The Hub Coworking, Harrisonburg; 7:30am-9:00 am

A coffee-fueled gathering of entrepreneurs, innovators and idea-generators at any stage.  Held the third Wednesday of every month, the format includes:
  • 7:30-8:00 Networking + Free Coffee/Espresso catered by Nomad Mobile Coffee
  • 8:00-8:15 Early-stage company pitch with time for input from the attendees
  • 8:15-8:45 Presentation from an expert entrepreneur--lessons learned, failures and successes, secrets and advice
  • 8:45-9:00 Q&A and continued networking

Thursday, January 19, 2017 | 11 :45 AM  -1 :00 PM | Wood Grill Buffet | Harrisonburg

MACH37 Cyber Accelerator | What is this accelerator for security entrepreneurs all about? How can information security product startups and security entrepreneurs participate?

Speakers: Rick Gordon, Managing Partner, and Dan Woolley, General Partner.  (MACH37™ is a division of CIT and is operated by the MACH37™ partners.)

With special guest: Dr. Sven Brueckner, Chief Technology Officer, AxonAI, Inc. -- Axon AI ( is a successful -and local- graduate of the MACH37 Accelerator. Get his perspective from the "been there, done it, and you can, too" corner!

MACH37 is the premier accelerator for information security entrepreneurs and startups. The program consists of an intense 90-day session in which selected startups are coached in all aspects of creating a sustainable and successful business. MACH37 goes 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. 

MACH37 is now accepting applications from information security product startups and security entrepreneurs for its Spring 2017 (S17) Cohort session that begins on March 14th. The program is open to startups from any geography whose founders are ready to immerse themselves in a proven program designed to produce the next generation of leading security product companies.

Networking begins at 11:45 am. Dutch treat. | Membership not required.

By registering you enable us to bring you a pre-printed nametag.

Thank you SVTC luncheon sponsors, aka Level III & Level II members!

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The Shenandoah Valley Technology Council is hosting another Tech on the Wharf networking event in Staunton. We will meet for PIZZA, beer and other beverages, and conversation from 5:30-7:30pm 

Register for TOTW Jan 19, 2017

Thursday, January 19, 2017  |  6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM | The Hub Coworking

Do you have a passion for a project that needs funding? Are you looking for a way to get more local dollars into the community? Are you interested in changing the way money flows into our neighborhoods? 

Join us for an evening for drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and new friendships as we bring together the faces of the Invest Local Project: makers, entrepreneurs, investors and supporters.

We're building the networks for a thriving local economy and opening opportunities for local investing. 

All are welcome to join us at The Hub Coworking in Harrisonburg with catering from  NOMS Deli Food Truck / Fine Flours Bakery- Dedicated Gluten-Free!

E-N Computers: Help Desk Best Practice | Lunch & Learn f
or IT Managers and CIOs
Feb. 8, 2017 | 11:30am | Wood Grill Buffet |Harrisonburg

A panel of speakers led by Ian MacRae of E-N Computers, will discuss Help Desk best practices. The presentation will include defining service levels and building a service catalog.

There will be additional discussion on reactive versus proactive Help Desk operations and the importance of service metrics.

Dutch Treat.

MACH37 Cyber Accelerator Opens Applications for Spring 2017 Session
Spring '17 Cohort to Begin on March 14 th

December 14, 2016 (HERNDON, Va.) - The MACH37 Cyber Accelerator has officially announced it will begin accepting applications from information security product startups and security entrepreneurs for its Spring 2017 (S17) Cohort that begins on March 14 th. 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 S17 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. MACH37 companies receive ongoing access to the   MACH37 Stars Mentor Network and will have support of our network throughout the life of their enterprise.
On December 6 th, the Fall 2016 (F16) cohort session concluded at the F16 Demo Day where graduating companies presented to a crowd of over 180 external mentors, investors and industry experts. With the graduation of the F16 Cohort, MACH37 has helped launch 40 cyber companies in just three years of operation. Many of the companies in the MACH37 portfolio reached significant milestones within the past 6 months, including; Virgil Security Inc. raised a $4M Series A round, Atomicorp Inc. raised a $1M Seed round, and Cyber Algorithms announced an acquisition by Thycotic. 
"The program that we have developed allows entrepreneurs to quickly validate new cybersecurity concepts and rapidly scale their businesses to reach the market more quickly. Our unique curriculum and design not only places a heavy emphasis on the validation of product ideas but also stresses the development of relationships that will effectively produce an initial customer base and investment capital," said Rick Gordon, MACH37 Managing Partner. "We are on the hunt to find entrepreneurs and security experts who will help build the next wave of disruptive security technology. If you're an entrepreneur solving a difficult security challenge in a novel way, we would like to hear from you."
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 and fill-out the online application.  MACH37 will be accepting rolling submissions but participants are highly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

To learn more, please visit and follow @MACH37cyber on Twitter.
Job Openings: 
Associate Instructor of Technical Studies
From: Lord Fairfax Community College

This position will provide leadership for the applied trades and manufacturing certificates and programs in the Division of Business, Education, and Technology. Specific duties include coordinating various existing trades programs such as Electrical, HVAC, and Welding.  The position, in collaboration with engineering faculty, will also lead the development of new courses and programs relevant to a multi-craft/manufacturing technician program.   This instructor will coordinate high school "Trades Academy" programs and will lead the development of a trades academy for the Luray-Page County center location. This position may teach at off-site locations within the LFCC service region.  Fostering relationships with business and industry leaders, secondary partners, and the offices of Workforce Solutions and Continuing Education (WSCE) is important for the position.  

Link to the job posting and application process is:

Job Openings: Junior front-end/WordPress Developer and/or Junior back-end Developer
From: Chiedo Labs, Inc. Company

Chiedo Labs is looking to hire two part-time or one full-time individual for one or both of the following positions in the next 2-3 weeks. Scheduling is flexible, the company is young and run by a 2013 JMU graduate. 
Junior front-end/WordPress Developer
Skills needed: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, WordPress template theme development.
Junior back-end Developer
Skills needed: PHP, Ruby on Rails, NodeJS, MySQL

To learn more, visit If interested, please email with your resume and Github URL if available.

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