CIT GAP Funds Makes Follow-On Investment in SCOUT to Continue Performing In-Space Inspections on Satellites
SCOUT is building the first in-space observation systems to safeguard orbital infrastructure
Richmond, VA, July 15, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) today announced that CIT GAP Funds, the direct investment program of the Virginia Innovation Partnership Authority (VIPA) Investment Division, has made a follow-on investment in Alexandria, Va.-based SCOUT. SCOUT is the developer of systems to give spacecraft vision, and de-risk the space ecosystem. Since its initial CIT GAP Funds investment in June 2020, SCOUT has continued to grow, meeting their fundraising and technical milestones while engaging in strategic partnerships with satellite industry players. The startup will use this latest investment to support initial pilots as well as research and development into systems to enable better in-space situational awareness.
Two Co-Founders of CIT GAP Funds Portfolio Companies Recognized as Summer 2021 Forbes Next 1000 Standouts
Year-Round List Highlights Top 1,000 Upstart Entrepreneurs Across America
Richmond, Va. – July 14, 2021 – The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) today announced that two CIT GAP Funds portfolio companies were included on the Summer 2021 Forbes Next 1000 list: Linebird and AnswersNow. Forbes Next 1000, a list highlighting entrepreneurs and pre-revenue startups in every region across America with less than $10 million in revenue or funding, is published in classes of 250 standouts throughout the year. Screened by top business minds in a competitive judging process, entrepreneurs featured on the Next 1000 list are redefining what it means to build and run a business.
“We are extremely proud to have two founders of CIT GAP Funds portfolio companies listed in the 2021 Forbes Next 1000 list. Linebird’s Michael Berio and AnswersNow’s Jeff Beck are an example of resilience and American entrepreneurship during unprecedented times,” said Tom Weithman, Managing Director, CIT GAP Funds. “The Next 1000 list shines a light on many bold leaders from all different industries, and we are thrilled to see Linebird and AnswersNow recognized for their incredible work.”
Funding will be used to expand services offerings to financial institutions wanting to deliver a superior customer experience and further invest in their communities
Givio Inc, creators of a mobile giving and fundraising platform designed to meet the needs of givers, today opened their first round of seed funding with the closing of an initial investment from the Center for Innovative Technology’s CIT GAP Funds. This funding follows the advancement of Givio’s Minimal Viable Product (MVP) to a feature-rich, charitable giving and fundraising solution, already integrated with multiple service providers in the charitable giving technology and financial services space. Givio plans to use this funding to expand services offerings from nonprofits, schools and companies for workplace giving, to financial institutions wanting to deliver a superior customer experience and further invest in their communities.
CIT GAP Funds Invests in OxiWear to Support Innovations and Emergency Alerting for Pulmonary Hypertension
Richmond, VA, June 16, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) today announced that CIT GAP Funds, the direct investment program of the Virginia Innovation Partnership Authority (VIPA) Investment Division, has invested in Arlington, Va.-based OxiWear. Provider of a wearable earpiece that monitors blood oxygen levels, OxiWear’s device alerts users when it falls below safe thresholds, allowing help to be called in time for treatment. OxiWear will use this investment to support growth, conduct further research, and expand relationships with more hospitals and pharmacies.
Ear-wearable device continuously monitors blood oxygen levels and alerts users if it falls below safe thresholds, preventing delays in assistance
“Currently, there is no other device available to continuously monitor oxygen levels. OxiWear is a game changer for those affected by the complications of pulmonary hypertension, and could be the difference between safety and danger,” said Tom Weithman, Managing Director of CIT GAP Funds. “Shavini and her team are in a great position to expand and reach more medical departments, nursing homes and more locations serving patients with PH. We are excited to support OxiWear in their endeavors and lifesaving mission.”
Richmond, Va. – June 11, 2021 – The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) today announced that CIT GAP Funds Managing Director, Tom Weithman, and Senior Investment Director, Jen O’Daniel, will present at the upcoming PitchPlus Clinic presented by RAMP, the regional accelerator and mentoring program. The clinic, taking place Tuesday, June 15 at 9:00am EST, will feature a panel of experts providing venture capital education to help participating startups prepare for early-stage investment opportunities.
As the direct investment program of the Virginia Innovation Partnership Authority (VIPA) Investment Division, CIT GAP Funds is a key part of the Commonwealth's strategy to leverage venture capital for Virginia-based startups. Weithman and O’Daniel will join speakers Greg Feldmann, President of Skyline Capital Strategies, LLC, and Fourd Kemper, Principal at Woods Rogers, PLC. Registration is free and open to the public.
When: Tuesday, June 11, 2021 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST
Where: Zoom – Click here to register
Startup app re-imagines job platforms, instantly connecting qualified talent with employers in retail and restaurant industries
Richmond, VA, June 10, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) today announced that CIT GAP Funds, the direct investment program of the Virginia Innovation Partnership Authority (VIPA) Investment Division, has invested in Ashburn, Va.-based Capango, developer of a mobile first platform that connects qualified job seekers to work opportunities in the retail and restaurant industries, simplifying the hiring experience for employers with an easy-to-use mobile app - no resume required. The startup will use this investment to support growth plans as they continue to expand and help more employers save time and money by finding the perfect hire for each job.
Richmond, Va. – June 8, 2021 – The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) today announced that CIT GAP Funds, the direct investment program of the Virginia Innovation Partnership Authority (VIPA) Investment Division, has invested in Roanoke, Va.-based Acomhal. The biotech research company is dedicated to developing therapeutic approaches to prevent tumor recurrence. Acomhal will use this investment to continue enhancing their product as well as expanding their research development.
Stafford County and the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) Announce Opening of the First Virginia Smart Community Testbed
Launch celebration included ribbon-cutting ceremony and technology demonstration
Stafford, VA, May 25, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Stafford County and the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to formally establish the opening of the new Virginia Smart Community Testbed. The Testbed, located next to the Stafford Government Center at 2143 Jefferson Davis Hwy, is the first of its kind in the Commonwealth. Testbeds are a way of testing new technologies in a real-world setting, a method that drives faster innovation. This Testbed will help propel both Stafford and Virginia to the forefront of smart community adoption across the country and the world.
"Innovation is the key to creating new jobs, driving economic growth, and tackling our biggest challenges," said Governor Ralph Northam. "This testbed will help build Virginia’s first smart community in Stafford County and serve as a living laboratory to pilot smart city technologies. This is exactly the type of public-private partnership we need to make the delivery of goods and services more effective and efficient, reduce our carbon footprint, and improve the health and well-being of our communities, our Commonwealth, and our country."
Investment Associates, Dustin Dunbar and Anthony Obi Jr. will contribute to CIT GAP Funds' continued growth by supporting deal sourcing, due diligence processes, and fund management
Richmond, Va. – May 24, 2021 – The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT), the nonprofit operations arm of the Virginia Innovation Partnership Authority (VIPA), today announced that CIT GAP Funds has added two new Investment Associates to its team: Dustin Dunbar and Anthony Obi Jr. As Investment Associates, Dunbar, and Obi will support CIT GAP Funds activity including deal sourcing and due diligence activities for candidate CIT investments in high-growth technology, life science, and clean energy tech companies.
Company’s solution leverages hybrid electric propulsion and aerodynamic design features to achieve longer flight times and greater productivity
Richmond, VA, April 29, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) today announced that CIT GAP Funds has invested in Hampton, Va.-based Advanced Aircraft Company (AAC), an aeronautical engineering and aircraft manufacturing company that produces vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for military and commercial markets. AAC’s long endurance drones can double revenue generated per pilot for commercial UAS operators. The company will use this investment to action on its go-to-market plan and increase aircraft production rate.
Startup empowers commercial real estate stakeholders to organize, secure, analyze, and share commercial floor plans all in one place
Richmond, VA, April 07, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) today announced that CIT GAP Funds has invested in Virginia-based Floorwire, developer of a platform that provides commercial owners with control of their architectural data. By transforming inefficient and time-consuming workflows around storing and organizing data, Floorwire’s cloud-based solution addresses the needs of commercial landlords, architects and brokers. The startup will use this investment to enhance its technology and support its continued growth.
“Not everyone has the right tools to view CAD files or interact with architectural plans and data. With an ability to connect across a diverse set of asset management platforms and enable automation that’s not currently available on the market, Floorwire provides tools anywhere, anytime,” said Jen O’Daniel, Investment Director, CIT GAP Funds. “Floorwire is quickly growing and ready to make a splash in the commercial real estate industry. We look forward to following their journey as they continue to grow.”
CIT GAP Funds Invests in Linebird to Bring the Unmanned Systems Revolution to High Voltage Power Lines
Company’s use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to make contact with live power lines improves safety and reduces costs of grid maintenance and monitoring
Richmond, VA, March 24, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) today announced that CIT GAP Funds has invested in Richmond, Va.-based Linebird, developer of an unmanned aerial systems (UAS) solution that makes contact with live power lines, addressing the safety concerns of grid maintenance and monitoring. Linebird is transforming the way power transmission infrastructure is inspected and maintained in a safer way with the use of drone technology. The company will use this investment to prepare its technology for product launch by the end of the year.
Smart City Works and Fairfax County Announce Pitch and Pilot: Pedestrian/Bike Safety Innovation Challenge
Registration now open for Innovation competition focused on engaging diverse teams to develop smart city solutions focused on pedestrian and bicycle safety.
Fairfax County, March 17, 2021 – Smart City Works and Fairfax County, with partner CIT, will host the Pitch and Pilot: Fairfax County Innovation Challenge, an innovation competition where teams create high-impact solutions to address bicycle and pedestrian safety. The goal of the Challenge is to find innovative solutions to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety in our increasingly multimodal transportation landscape. Registration is now open, and the competition will conclude on April 21.
CIT GAP Funds Invests in AtWork Systems to Support SMBs with Solutions for Streamlined Business Operations
Company’s OneLynk platform provides end-to-end business processes and real-time analytics for government contractors
Richmond, VA, March 16, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) today announced that CIT GAP Funds has invested in Herndon, Va.-based AtWork Systems, developer of a fully integrated, complete back office business solution for SMB government contractors. AtWork's OneLynk platform provides end-to-end business processes and real-time analytics, allowing business owners to focus on growing their organizations. The company will use this investment to support growth and continued technology enhancements.
CIT GAP Funds Makes Follow-On Investment in RoundlyX to Help Users Better Manage Digital Asset Portfolios
Richmond, VA, March 11, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) today announced that CIT GAP Funds has made a follow-on investment in Richmond, Va.-based RoundlyX, a digital asset wealth management platform. Since its initial GAP Funds investment in May 2020, RoundlyX has expanded its service beyond the United States, with users now able to connect to any European or UK bank and round up their spare change into digital assets. The fintech startup plans to use this latest investment to support its continued user growth, which is now accelerating in response to the increased popularity in Bitcoin and other digital assets.
CIT GAP Funds Makes Follow-On Investment in Babylon Micro-Farms to Advance Sustainable Urban Agriculture
Additional funding supports company’s continued expansion into senior living and healthcare facilities
Richmond, Va. – March 11, 2021 – The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) today announced that CIT GAP Funds has made a follow-on investment in Charlottesville, Va.-based Babylon Micro-Farms, provider of a software enabled indoor farming service. Since GAP Funds’ initial investment in 2019, Babylon Micro-Farms has pivoted to focus on indoor growing systems for hospitals, senior living communities, and schools as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The company will use this additional funding to continue its expansion into more locations in Virginia and across the East Coast.
CIT GAP Funds Invests in Sweetie Boy Delivers to Simplify Transportation Needs for Automotive Dealers
Services for both dealerships and consumers improve the car buying process, making it more cost effective and convenient
Richmond, VA, Feb. 17, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) today announced that CIT GAP Funds has invested in Richmond, Va.-based Sweetie Boy Delivers, provider of services that help easily transport vehicles from one location to the next for dealerships and consumers. Sweetie Boy Delivers will use this investment to expand its sales and development teams to meet the needs of the ever-changing transportation industry, which has many pain points.
RICHMOND--Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Babylon Micro-Farms, a Virginia-based company that develops and produces remotely controlled, indoor hydroponic systems for growing fresh herbs, vegetables, and salad greens, will invest $140,000 to expand operations and relocate to the City of Richmond. Babylon’s new location in Scott’s Addition will enable the company to expand its capabilities in manufacturing, software development, and research and development so it can begin distributing nationally and internationally. Virginia successfully competed with Arizona and California for the project, which will create 24 new jobs.
“We are thrilled to celebrate the growth of innovative Virginia businesses like Babylon Micro-Farms,” said Governor Northam. “The company’s dynamic, high-tech systems are helping to address food insecurity during the pandemic and getting fresh, local produce into the hands of more people. This expansion demonstrates the success that entrepreneurs can find in our Commonwealth, while also maintaining a strong commitment to environmental sustainability.”
Babylon Micro-Farms is a CIT GAP Funds Portfolio Company and a CIT Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) Awardee FY20 | The Babylon CRCF award, along with CIT GAP funding, is a prime example of how our programs work together to help sustain companies through the difficult first stages of the commercialization process. Sustainable urban agriculture technologies are among the most critical emerging technologies in the nation today, and thanks to Babylon, Virginia will play an essential role in the future of farming.
CIT’s Virginia Founders Fund Invests in Industrial Intelligence to Advance the Hazardous Dust Monitoring Market
Cloud-based dust accumulation monitoring system will help prevent fires and explosions in manufacturing, industrial and agricultural processing facilities
Richmond, VA, Jan. 14, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) today announced that Virginia Founders Fund (VFF) has invested in Williamsburg, Va.-based Industrial Intelligence, developer of a continuous dust accumulation monitoring system. Industrial Intelligence’s solution alerts organization operations when dust accumulation levels become unacceptable. The startup plans to use this VFF capital for engineering and development of their prototype, patent expenses and further certification testing.
Investments have supported the creation of nearly 6,500 jobs throughout the Commonwealth
Richmond, Va. – Jan. 13, 2021 – The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) today released the 2020 CIT GAP Funds Impact Report, detailing both return on investment and socio-economic impact achieved since the fund’s inception in 2005. A family of funds placing equity investments in Virginia’s high-growth based technology, life science, and cleantech companies at the earliest developmental stages, CIT GAP Funds has deployed $32.4 million in capital across 240 portfolio companies.
Up to $7 million in non-dilutive funding available for Virginia companies
Governor Northam Announces Silent Falcon UAS Technologies to Locate East Coast Operations in Warren County, Creating 249 New Jobs
Company to invest $6 million in new Mid-Atlantic headquarters for research, development, manufacturing
“We are really excited that Silent Falcon has chosen to build its future in Virginia,” said Bob Stolle, CEO at the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT). “They are pioneers in this young industry that will soon impact every aspect of our lives, and the Unmanned Systems Center at CIT is anxious to support them in that pursuit.”
PKI based verification and Self-Sovereign Identity solutions eliminate data breach liability for businesses and allow end users to maintain possession and control of their identity
Richmond, VA, Dec. 02, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) today announced that CIT GAP Funds has invested in Marshall, Va.-based CySecure Inc., developer of next generation identity and authentication solutions. CySecure is developing solutions to eliminate passwords entirely – for users and at company servers – making it impossible for hackers to steal users’ personal data. CySecure successfully completed MACH37’s 90-day program, designed to accelerate a startup’s path to a sustainable business model. CySecure has made significant progress towards launching the general availability of their product and will use this investment for product development.
(Fredericksburg, VA) November 20, 2020 – The City of Fredericksburg is proud to announce a partnership with the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) for a “smart” Riverfront Park. This new park located along Sophia Street in Historic Downtown will be a significant new public space in the downtown area. It is currently under construction and, when complete, will feature Rappahannock River views with open space, event space, and a play area.
Investment program spanning the Commonwealth continues to drive critical technology sectors during unprecedented times
Richmond, VA, Nov. 17, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced today that CIT GAP Funds has again been named Virginia’s most active investor by CB Insights, a developer of a tech market intelligence platform that analyzes millions of data points on venture capital, startups, patents, partnerships, and news mentions to predict future technology trends. For the sixth year in a row, CIT GAP Funds joins an impressive list of VCs in the U.S.
“CIT’s sustained commitment to investing at the earliest stages of company development positions CIT GAP Funds as a fundamental building block of the Commonwealth’s startup ecosystem,” said Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball. “Even in these trying times, CIT’s investment outcomes are a fitting tribute to Virginia’s entrepreneurial vitality, community spirit, and economic and social diversity.”
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