SVTC Banner
The Shenandoah Valley Connection top 
September 14,  2018
Click Any Link Below to Jump to Article
X-Labs Pop-Up Seminar: Crypto, Blockchain, and Alternatives to Finances (9/20)
Student Entrepreneurship Showcase (9/21)
Broaden Your Horizons: A Small Business Symposium (9/26)
Registration Now Open: SVTC's Fall Tech Mixer (9/27)
Valley TechCon (9/28) -- Sponsorship Opportunities Available
TECHSTERS | For Middle School Girls (11/3) -- Sponsorship Available!
ICAP Lean Startup Course (applications due 8/3)
GO Virginia Region 8 Council Now Accepting Project Proposals (deadline 10/5)
edUi Conference | Charlottesville (10/8 - 10/10)
DIGITAL Women in Computing | For Middle and High School Girls (10/13)
Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) Information Session (10/23)
FIRST LEGO League Regional Tournament (11.3) -- Volunteers Needed | Start-Up Grants Available
Highlighting Renewing Level III Member: Rockingham Insurance
Highlighting Renewing Level I Member: grep Innovation, LLC
Highlighting Renewing Level I Member: The Hub Coworking
Highlighting Renewing Level I Member: Ivy Tools
Highlighting Renewing Level I Member: Staunton City Schools
Highlighting Renewing Level I Member: Valley Automation
Shenandoah Valley Open Tech Jobs
Open to the Public
X-Labs Pop-Up Seminar: Crypto, Blockchain, and
Alternatives to Finances (9/20)

September 20, 2018 | 5 :30 pm - 8:30 pm
JMU Lakeview Hall,  Rooms 1104 and 1106

Find out how three JMU ventures raised over a million dollars in non-equity funding before they even had a product! The ventures speaking are:

HelloFriend is a social networking platform built on a blockchain framework that is focused on reducing economic burden of hosting daily social activities. It seeks to address the weaknesses in the current social networking model and offers an incentive system for people to connect in real life. 
Ben Carey (JMU '20) & Salman Habib (Harvard)

Madison Crypto Fund
MCF invests in cryptocurrencies that make use of blockchain and distributed ledger technologies that have utility for users. These cryptocurrencies are identified essentially through fundamental analysis with a main focus on value proposition. The fund does not make use of short or margin positions but is open to do so as we grow. 
Haider Bhatti ('19)

Matter Music is building the world's first social streaming platform designed to help users connect, create, and explore new waves. By implementing blockchain technology Matter is able to pay artists transparently so they can earn a sustainable income and monetize their content in any way they see fit. Live streaming, community events, group waves, and patron packages are just some of the innovative ways artists and users can interact through the Matter Music platform.
Edward Reynolds ('19) and Aiden Cappello ('18)

Questions? Email

Student Entrepreneurship Showcase (9/21)
September 21, 2018 | 6 :30 pm - 8:00 pm
JMU  Engineering/Geosciences Building, Room 2301

Real companies. JMU students. From every corner of campus. | The public is invited.

Eighteen student fellows, three mentors, and three exchange students spent the summer developing their businesses with workspace, entrepreneurship programming and instructions, and funding opportunities provided by the Center for Entrepreneurship. By the end of the program, each venture gained real-life traction with customers and revenue. The fellows traveled to NYC to speak with alumni entrepreneurs and then swept Princeton University's eLab in a pitch competition. Come hear these winning pitches! This event will occur from  6:30pm-8pm with a reception to follow.

For more information, please email or call (540)568-4695.

Broaden Your Horizons: A Small Business Symposium (9/26)

September 26, 2018 |  7:30 am - 12:30 pm
VMI Hall of Valor Marshall Center, Lexington

This small business symposium includes an exhibit hall of small business resources; breakout sessions regarding marketing, finances, accounting and doing business with local, state and federal government agencies; and networking opportunity for small business owners to think outside their walls.

This event is organized by the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity in partnership with Virginia Military Institute. 

Parking: T here should be directional signs for parking in a lot adjacent to the building. If reserved spaces are unavailable, however, then there should be parking on the streets near the building.

Register for September 26, 2018 symposium

Registration Now Open: SVTC's Fall Tech Mixer (9/27)
September 27, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Beyond Restaurant, Harrisonburg

Join the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council on September 27th for our annual Fall Tech Mixer. Hosted by the SVTC's Board of Directors, this is our fall networking event.

Come and find out what the SVTC is doing as an organization, and what our members are doing individually. This is our second biggest event of the year (only Tech Nite is bigger). This is where the growing technology community goes in the fall to catch up. SVTC members are corporate leaders, entrepreneurs, educators, coders, programmers and more. Membership is not required to participate in the Fall Tech Mixer nor many SVTC events. Feel free to invite a co-worker, customer, friend or spouse (please register each).

Come out and join current and potential members as they mingle and network. Appetizers are 'on us'! Drinks are Dutch treat.

Valley TechCon (9/28)

September 28, 2018 | 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Hotel Madison, Harrisonburg
Regular Ticket: $125 |  Student (high school or college): $50

The inaugural Valley TechCon brings together technology enthusiasts, practitioners, researchers, and business leaders to facilitate idea sharing, collaboration, and innovation. Sessions will cover a broad spectrum of topics from autonomous vehicles to artificial intelligence. The goal is to inspire new ideas, improve business efficiency with emerging technologies, springboard new ventures, and expand networking opportunities.

Breakout Sessions
Beyond the keynote and featured speakers, guests will have the opportunity to attend five breakout sessions. Each session is composed of three different topics so you can choose the information most relevant to you.

Networking Event
Following the conference, you will be shuttled to Pale Fire Brewing company in bustling downtown Harrisonburg for a post-conference networking event. Meet peers, entrepreneurs, and influencers from the tech industry. 

Incredible Speakers
ValleyTechCon18 has attracted presenters from private industry, government, and higher education to present on a broad spectrum of leading-edge technology and business development topics. Line-up of speakers: 

TECHSTERS | For Middle School Girls (11/3)
Seeking a Sponsor to offer Quality Prizes

Using best practices and lessons learned from Capital One in conjunction with the long-standing TECHSTERS program, many technology and innovation business councils in Virginia are working together to host a statewide  "Capture the Flag" event on Saturday, Nov. 3 that will expose girls to the  cybersecurity industry in a fun and interactive game style. This program is meant to inspire a future generation to discover technology, get excited about STEM, and build code for real-world applications.

(Formed in 2013, TECHSTERS is an after-school program for middle school aged girls dedicated to inspiring young women to pursue their interests in STEM fields. Since the program's first day event with robotic balls called Spheros, TECHSTERS has served over 1,100 students in the greater Richmond region. In 2017, Capital One used the TECHSTERS model to host ten regional coding programs for middle school girls all across the Commonwealth. The outcome was spectacular as they reached over 900 students in two days.)

Sponsorship available: A $1,500 sponsorship is available; we would like to offer prizes to the top three local winners. Please contact us at if interested. Visibility will be given to the sponsor in communications, online, and on the day of the event.

Equipment and FYIs:
  • Participants can bring their own Internet-ready, wifi-enabled laptops and will log into the wifi network
  • Team size: up to three girls. Teams will form after arrival.
  • We will supply 12 computers for up to 36 girls. Please indicate on the registration form whether you will bring your own laptop or will borrow one.
  • After registration, we will email JMU parking instructions
Registration will open later in Sept. 

Based on the National Science Foundation's I-Corps™ program for Lean Startups, ICAP helps inventors and entrepreneurs take the right first steps in bringing new technologies and innovations to market.

ICAP includes FREE introductory training and counseling offered by ICAP instructors and local SBDC business advisors. ICAP helps startups identify potential customers and develop successful business models based on that knowledge. It is an ideal program for early-stage companies trying to prepare for eventual venture investment.

Important Dates
October 3, 2018 - Applications are due by midnight;  go to the ICAP application form.

October 10, 2018 - Acceptance notifications and communication with next steps and instructions, including how to prepare for the first session.

October 19, 2018 - 9:00am - 5:00pm - Introductory Classroom Session

October 26, 2018 - Each team participates in a pre-scheduled Telephone Review of the team's Customer Discovery Progress over the first week

November 2, 2018 - 9:00am - 2:00pm - Final Team Presentations

During this 2-week program, there is extensive work done outside the classroom. In addition to the two class meetings, participants should expect to spend another 10-15 hours per week on customer discovery and course assignments.

At the conclusion of the program, you will remain connected with your ICAP trainers and SBDC Business Advisors to continue your progress on the Five Steps to Startup Success.

This program is designed to generate a maximum impact over a relatively short duration and should be considered a required first step for anyone interested in commercializing a technology or product, whether through a startup or licensing arrangement.

Some graduates of this cohort may be eligible to apply to NSF's full National Seven-week I-Corps Program which includes non-dilutive grants for customer discovery and prototype development. Additionally, this program can help teams develop better submissions for SBIR and CRCF grants from Virginia's Center for Innovative Technologies.

Your ICAP Instructor
Bob Smith is Director of the Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program (ICAP), a program funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia and administered by George Mason University and the  Virginia Small Business Development Center Network (VSBDC). Here he helps researchers, inventors, and technology startups develop their technology commercialization and technology business startup efforts. He's also an instructor with the  NSF's DC I-Corp Node, and co-director of the Fed Tech program, which uses Lean Startup methods to assist inventors from government labs to explore the commercial viability of their inventions.

Bob has 30+ years' experience in innovation and entrepreneurship. He is the Chairman of, a leading college rankings website. He's held senior management positions at Congressional Quarterly and America Online in sales, marketing, and new product development and was the founder and CEO of the first nation-wide online city guide, Digital City. As an executive, angel investor, and advisor he has helped companies in e-commerce, e-government, identity management, content publishing, geospatial analytics, data science, and local media go from launch through to favorable exits.

Bob received a BA from USC and his MBA from GWU. He is a veteran of the US Navy.
For more information email:

Apply for the ICAP Lean Startup Course  (applications due Oct. 3 by midnight)

GO Virginia Region 8 Council Now Accepting Project Proposals (deadline 10/5)

Application Deadline October 5, 2018

The GO Virginia Region 8 Council is pleased to announce that it is accepting proposals for projects to be funded through the State's GO Virginia initiative.  The Region 8 Council has approximately $1.6 million in GO Virginia funds to award to projects in the region.  The upcoming application deadline is October 5, 2018, for per capita and enhanced capacity building proposals.

For a project to be considered by the Region 8 Council, complete one of the following applications:  Project Application (per Capita) or  Project Application (Enhanced Capacity Building).  See also the  Project Application Guide that offers background information on GO Virginia and the Region 8 Council, provides the criteria for eligible projects, and outlines the application and award process.  The application and guide are also available on the Shenandoah Valley Partnership's website at: 

About GO Virginia
The Virginia Growth and Opportunity Board and Fund was approved by the 2016 Virginia General Assembly, and is a business-led, bipartisan initiative that is incentivized and encouraged by the state, however participation is not required of localities. An organizing workgroup made up of staff from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and interested economic development, workforce training, community planning and development, education, and business leaders from around the state met in 2016 to recommend geographic partitioning and Fund guidelines and procedures to the Board. Nine regions were established and each region formed councils that were certified by the Board in March 2017. The Virginia Growth and Opportunity Board is comprised of 24 members with representation from the House and Senate, Gubernatorial appointments, and private sector leadership. In addition to approving GO Virginia regions and certifying regional councils, the Board is responsible for determining project funding.

edUi Conference | Charlottesville (10/8 - 10/10)

October 8 - 10, 2018 | Charlottesville | See schedule for times

Join us on October 8 - 10 for edUi! edUi is a 3-day conference for web professionals working at institutions of learning-colleges, universities, libraries, and museums. Presented by Virginia Humanities. The event will take place at a variety of venues on the scenic pedestrian mall in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia (view map).

For more information, visit:

Register for October 8-10 edUi Conference (discount code ROCKTOWN has been applied to this link for $100 off your ticket -- thanks to the edUi Planning Team!)

DIGITAL Women in Computing
for Middle and High School Girls (10/13)

October 13, 2018 | 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
JMU ISAT/CS Building, Harrisonburg

Come celebrate CS Education Week at DIGITAL with JMU Women in Technology (WIT). Learn Python programming, program Finch and Hummingbird Robots, create art with Chibitronics, get a chance to fly a drone and then form a team to design and implement your own project with what you learned. DIGITAL is an event open to middle school and high school girls interested in technology. College students from JMU Women in Technology (JMU WIT) lead girls through hands-on activities to help them engage with new technologies. JMU WIT strives to support and celebrate girls and women interested in STEM fields from the classroom to the workforce.

Registration is  FREE. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. 

Questions? Contact Melissa Heatwole at or 540-568-4226

Register for October 13, 2018 DIGITAL event

Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) Information Session (10/23)


CRCF Information Session
CIT is pleased to preview the CRCF FY2019 solicitation, identifying programs offered, eligibility criteria, and other high-level information. Approximately $2.4 million is available to award. The RFP will be issued in early October and will include complete criteria, including program guidelines and application materials. CRCF staff will be present at Lakeview Hall on October 23rd for a regional briefing and will answer questions. Use the link below to register.

Webinar (WebEx)
For those unable to attend the the CRCF information session at Lakeview, a webinar is available. Individuals can join using the WebEx app (video), or can call in (phone/audio). Access information will be emailed to you closer to the event date (registration link below).

The Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) advances science- and technology-based research, development, and commercialization to drive economic growth in Virginia, create and foster high-potential technology companies in the Commonwealth, and to encourage and strengthen collaboration and partnerships between the public and private sector.

Industry Sectors
Applications submitted under any FY2019 solicitation program must align with one or more of the following industry sectors and, where indicated, subsectors.
  • Cyber Security, with particular interest in applications for autonomous systems, identity management, cloud infrastructure, and Internet of Things
  • Energy, specifically clean energy
  • Information Technology, specifically data analytics
  • Life Sciences, with particular interest in precision medicine, neuroscience, and medtech
  • Unmanned Systems
A single solicitation will be offered in FY2019, with five programs available for funding: Commercialization, SBIR Matching Funds, STTR Matching Funds, Matching Funds, and Eminent Researcher Recruitment.

The CRCF programs support commercialization goals through technology development in Virginia. CRCF monies additionally may be used for market validation, intellectual property protection, acquisition of materials and supplies, and/or other efforts that further technology commercialization and drive economic benefits to Virginia. Projects must be based upon sound scientific principles and present an opportunity for valid research.


November 3, 2018 | JMU ISAT-CS Building
Volunteers are currently needed!

This event is free and open to the public! Come see what it's all about. Prepare for excitement, robotics, and LEGOS! Better yet -- volunteer. Just a few hours of your time can have a huge impact! To sign up as a volunteer, please complete the following form: Harrisonburg Regional FLL Tournament Volunteers

2018 Challenge: Into Orbit
Join FLL's mission into the 30 th season of FIRST ®! Prepare for blast off, break out of your earthly constraints and go INTO ORBIT SM. The 2018/2019 FIRST ® LEGO ® League season will transport your team into space, where you'll explore, challenge, and innovate in the vast expanse of space.

FIRST LEGO League challenges kids to think like scientists and engineers. During the INTO ORBIT season, teams will choose and solve a real-world problem in the Project. They will also build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO ® MINDSTORMS ® technology to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game. Throughout their experience, teams will operate under the FIRST signature set of Core Values, celebrating discovery, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism ®

For more information, visit

Team Start-Up Grants Available
Each year, the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council sponsors three new FIRST Lego League (FLL) teams from the Shenandoah Valley. Approximately half of the start-up cost of a new team is reimbursed, up to $350.

Teams must be located in the footprint of the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council's area of operation and intend to participate in the FLL competition within one year of receiving the grant. This grant can be used towards any equipment required for competition in FIRST LEGO League, including one or more LEGO robotics kits, a competition practice table, and an FLL field setup kit.

If you are interested in applying for the FLL Start-Up Grant, please complete the following form, and follow the steps as indicated on the form:  FLL Reimbursement Grant Application (pdf)

Highlighting Renewing Level III Member:
Rockingham Insurance is a property & casualty insurance company providing coverage for homes, autos, farms, and businesses. Headquartered in Harrisonburg, Virginia we are eligible to write business in all fifty states. For almost 150 years, we've been ensuring the people and companies that make our community grow and thrive. Rockingham holds an "A" Excellent rating with A.M. Best Company, a highly regarded assessor of the financial and management stability of insurance companies.

Highlighting Renewing Level I Member:
grep Innovation LLC provides a variety of technology services including web application and software development, information security and forensics, UNIX wrangling, data telecommunications consulting and photography. A valley native, James Madison University alumnus and confessed serial entrepreneur, principal Ron Perry has a broad background in the research, development and implementation of technology, in the realms of engineering, media production, robotics, education, telecommunications, and entrepreneurship. He serves as a volunteer and adviser for a variety of organizations including Blue Ridge Community College, the Wildlife Center of Virginia and Wilson Workforce & Rehabilitation Center and is a founding board member of SVTC.

Highlighting Renewing Level I Member:
The Hub Coworking is an inspiring downtown work space for professionals, entrepreneurs and innovators. Members have access to the collective talents and knowledge of others who work here, creating an organic style of collaboration and rapport that is invaluable to small businesses, independent workers and growing organizations.

Highlighting Renewing Level I Member:
Ivy Tools is a business to business e-commerce retailer specializing in electronic test and measurement tools. We work with companies nationwide to supply equipment that helps diagnose or prevent problems related to heat, airflow, and moisture. Whether it's a tiny printed circuit board, or a large power plant boiler, Ivy Tools brings the experience and information our customers need in order to make critical decisions. We have FLIR thermal cameras working to solve moisture issues in the Southwest, and airflow meters in wind tunnels in Detroit working to increase fuel mileage. Ivy Tools is based in Harrisonburg, Virginia, in the downtown National Historic District.

Highlighting Renewing Level I Member:
We are a school division committed to our students and providing an excellent educational program. Our teachers value the uniqueness of each student and strive to challenge them daily. Teaching engaging lessons rooted in the Standards of Learning augmented by a variety of resources makes every day critical for the achievement for our students.Our division also benefits from a supportive community. Staunton citizens realize the importance of an effective school system and volunteer countless hours in our schools each year. I encourage you to peruse our website to learn more about our school division and each school. If you do not find the information you need, please contact us. Staunton is a wonderful place to live and our schools are an integral part of the rich heritage of our community. Join us in making a difference in the future, one student at a time.

Highlighting Renewing Level I Member:
Valley Automation, Inc. is a Systems Integration firm with offices in Luray and Harrisonburg, Virginia. We are a women-owned small business in the State of Virginia, holding numerous technical certifications and business relationships to include but not limited to Rockwell Automation, Mitsubishi, GE Intelligent Platforms, Corning, Leviton, APC, Hoffman and Eaton. Valley Automation, Inc. serves a wide client base, not only in Virginia, but nationwide, travelling onsite for startup services as well as offering remote connectivity for immediate support. We offer clients some of the most experienced engineers in our area and works with several others on a contract basis. Our team at Valley Automation, Inc. is staffed to assist all clients in the following ways: Project Management Controls / Electrical / Systems Integration / Data Collection Services / Control Panel Design and Fabrication Services / Technical Writing / Documentation / CAD Drawings / Instrumentation / Calibration / Software Engineering / Installation and Startup Services

  • Virginia Poultry Growers Cooperative, Hinton (
    Application Support Specialist)
  • Ryzing Technologies, Staunton (Mechanical Engineer)
  • Harrisonburg IT Department (Technology Support Specialist)
  • Harrisonburg Fire Department (Systems Analyst)
  • Chiedo, Harrisonburg (Web Development Intern) -- No experience required!
  • Harrisonburg Rockingham Community Services Board, Harrisonburg (IT Manager)
  • Jenzabar, Harrisonburg (Software Engineer, Senior Software Developer, UX Designer, etc) 
Participate in the local tech conversation: Rocktown Tech (Slack)

Currently there are 18 channels and over 250 members. Please join in! 
Sign-up link:

Membership Badge Available 
Use our new graphic on your own website (and remember to link back to our website www. !) 

Choose the graphic file of your choice:

Let us know when you incorporate this graphic and we'll mention your site in return!

See how our Level I Members  grep Innovation, LLC displayed our membership badge on their  website!

The Shenandoah Valley Technology Council does not endorse the companies, organizations, teams, or events mentioned, or take a stand on any of the articles or notices or events included.
View our profile on LinkedIn

Follow us on Twitter 


Like us on Facebook  

Level III Members



CIT Logo  



city of hburg logo



Lumos Logo






Serco logo

WAW Logo

>> Ready to become a member, too?  

Benefits & Prices


>> How have you benefited from participating in our activities and/ or from membership? Tell us!   




Contact Us 

Shenandoah Valley Technology Council
800 S. Main Street MSC 3615
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807



Join Our Mailing List!