The Center for Innovation Technology, CIT has launched the GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards, a statewide program designed to identify, celebrate and honor Virginia's innovative entrepreneurs creating high-growth companies in the areas of life sciences, technology and energy.
Mike Drzal, partner with LeClairRyan, Jim Flowers, executive director of VT KnowledgeWorks, and Derick Maggard, executive director of the Roanoke – Blacksburg Technology Council have been selected from the Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia areas to serve as GAP 50 Ambassadors. The complete list of Ambassadors is here.
You are invited to nominate Blacksburg and Roaonoke, Virginia-area life sciences, technology and energy entrepreneurs for the GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards.
To qualify for the peer voting round, each entrepreneur must be nominated by 3 people.
The information required to nominate each entrepreneur is as follows: Name, Title, Company/Organization, Email, Phone.
Final GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards recipients will be determined through a peer voting process via electronic ballot sent to nominees. The winning GAP 50 Entrepreneurs will be honored at an awards banquet on Thursday, October 18, 2012 in McLean, Virginia.
Nominate Virginia entrepreneurs here through September 20, 2012.
LeClairRyan is an entrepreneurial law firm with offices from Virginia to New York to California, providing business counsel and client representation in matters of corporate law and high-stakes litigation. The Blacksburg, Virginia-based office of LeClairRyan offers venture capital, angel investor funding, and intellectual property law services for startups, entrepreneurs, and technology-based companies. It also offers Outside General Counsel services covering the full gamut of clients' corporate, employment and business litigation needs. For more information, please contact Jim Cowan or Mike Drzal at 540-961-2600.
VT KnowledgeWorks encourages and enables creative entrepreneurship world-wide through innovative curriculum, local business resource centers, and a global network of cooperating regions, all focused on three essential contributors to success: clear understanding of fundamental business principles; access to timely, relevant information; and meaningful personal and corporate relationships. It is a subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Foundation, funded through the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual. Its world headquarters are in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.
VT KnowledgeWorks sponsors include Attaain, Inc., BB&T, The Branch Group, Handshake 2.0, Harris Office Furniture, Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law Group, LeClairRyan, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and The Becher Agency (TBA).