CIT GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards Finalists Announced

Nominations closed on September 20, 2012 for The Center for Innovation Technology(CIT)'s GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards, a state-wide program designed to identify, celebrate and honor Virginia's innovative entrepreneurs creating high-growth companies in the areas of life sciences, technology and energy.  Finalists for the Awards were required to receive 3 or more nominations to qualify.  According to Jen O'Daniel, Senior Associate with CIT GAP Funds, 269 entrepreneurs were nominated.

Mike Drzal, partner with law firm LeClairRyan, served as a GAP 50 Ambassador for the Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia areas.  Commenting on the 39 46 finalists from the region, Mike Drzal said:

"The GAP 50 nominees from the Roanoke-Blacksburg region are comprised of an eclectic mix of seasoned and up-and-coming entrepreneurs from a variety of technology and life sciences verticals.  I am especially pleased to see female entrepreneurs moving to the forefront, a development that bodes well for the future of our region."

CIT GAP 50 Entrepreneur AwardsView the Roanoke-Blacksburg, Virginia GAP 50 Entrepreneur Award Finalists.

View, region by region, the GAP 50 Entrepreneur Award Finalists.

Final GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards recipients will be determined through a peer voting process via electronic ballot sent to finalists. The winning GAP 50 Entrepreneurs will be honored at an awards banquet on Thursday, October 18, 2012 in McLean, Virginia.

LeClairRyan specialized in high-tech corporate law.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.

LeClairRyan is a client of Handshake Media, Incorporated, the parent company of Handshake 2.0.

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