Virginia has selected 272 finalists for the commonwealth’s CIT GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards, a program design to celebrate next-generation entrepreneurs who are creating high-growth companies.
The 272 finalists were selected from 800 entrepreneurs nominated. They will be honored at a Dec. 13 luncheon. The list of finalists can be found here. For a list of the finalists, please see: http://www.cit.org/gap50finalists.
“Research proves the success of our economy is linked to the success of small business, we need to recognize the work of innovative entrepreneurs and help them grow,” Gov. Bob McDonnell said in a statement. “That is why I announced the ‘Year of the Entrepreneur’ and why I am impressed with the level of entrepreneurship happening all across the Commonwealth, as evidenced by this long and strong list of finalists for the CIT GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards.”
The GAP 50 finalists are going through a peer voting process. The final award recipients will be honored at a luncheon at the Dulles Westin Hotel on Dec. 13.
CIT GAP funds provide seed-stage equity investments in Virginia’s top science, technology and energy enterprises.
Pete Jobse, CIT President and CEO, said, “Our approach to public-private partnerships continues to deliver high private investment with limited public funding support. As we help them grow, so too must we raise the profile of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs and highlight their importance to the economic health of Virginia.”
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