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CBIC’s Next Tech Night Takeover: The EdTech Revolution: Changing The Way We Teach And Learn

Thursday Night, December 4th, 5pm – 8pm at The Haven

~ featuring ~ Mike Benzian from Teachstone; Michael Lenox from Darden’s Batten Institute; Joel Selzer from ArcheMedX; and Brien C. Walton from the Jefferson Education Accelerator

Charlottesville, VA – The Charlottesville Business Innovation Council (CBIC) will hold its last Tech Night Takeover (TNT) of the year on Thursday, December 4th, at The Haven, with a program on The EdTech Revolution: Changing The Way We Teach And Learn, featuring four of Central Virginia’s most prominent educational technology leaders.

Advanced technologies and high rates of innovation are resulting in an abundance of new products, processes, and services that are changing how humans interrelate to each other, problem solve and learn. In the education sector, new technologies are changing the way we teach and learn both inside and out of the classroom. As educators and students, both young and old, adopt and grapple with these new tools, one begins to wonder: what is the impact on education at large? How will further investment in innovation impact teachers and students?

This don’t-miss discussion about the direction of education technology (or EdTech) will be facilitated by Joel Selzer, Co-Founder and CEO of ArcheMedX, a healthcare informatics and e‐learning technology company based in Charlottesville, and features an all-star trio of panelists—all leaders in mentoring EdTech firms:

  • Mike Benzian, Chief Product Officer at Teachstone
    Mike knows how to successfully build EdTech companies, having previously served as President of Silverchair Learning, and now leads product development for Teachstone,  a leader in early childhood training, assessment and certification. Mike will give the event some CLASS: an overview of Teachstone’s Classroom Assessment Scoring System that “takes the guesswork out of determining what is—and is not—effective teaching.” Mike holds an MBA from the Darden School of Business and a BA from UVa.
  • Michael Lenox, Academic Director, Batten Institute
    Michael is the Samuel L. Slover Professor of Business at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and was one of UVa’s first professors to run a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Coursera. He is also Associate Dean and Executive Director of Darden’s Batten Institute for  Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Michael carries a Ph.D. in Technology Management and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, on top of a BS and MS in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia
  • Brien C. Walton, Co-Founder, Jefferson Education Accelerator
    Brien has spent the past decade investing, incubating, and mentoring EdTech ventures and now serves as the Chief Investment Officer of the Jefferson Education Accelerator, an EdTech accelerator for growth stage EdTech companies supported by the Curry School of Education Foundation. Brien holds masters degrees in Education and Educational Technology from University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University, respectively, along with a master’s degree and doctorate in Law from Georgetown and University of DC, respectively. 

The EdTech Revolution: Changing The Way We Teach And Learn, will be held Thursday, December 4th, starting at 5:00 p.m. at The Haven, 112 W. Market St., in downtown Charlottesville across from Lee Park. TNT events are open to CBIC members and their guests, as well as to potential new CBIC members. Each event features a 45 minute talk show style panel with audience participation followed by an early evening, after-hours social and networking event.

The public is strongly encouraged to purchase tickets to the December TNT event through this EventBrite link: Media representatives are encouraged to request press credentials, including priority seating, in advance. Please contact CBIC Executive Director Tracey Greene for press credentials, access to speakers, interviews, and supporting media

Sponsors for the December TNT event include Pioneer Bank, U.Va.’s McIntire School of Commerce, the AV Company, The Batten Institute, U.Va. Licensing & Ventures Group, U.Va. Office of Vice President of Research, ArcheMedX, and The Bridge, Ltd.


As the region’s technology council, CBIC promotes innovation and entrepreneurship and supports growth and success among the Charlottesville region’s technology-focused organizations. CBIC provides a forum for ideas and a collective voice on behalf of the technology sector. Through collaborative partnerships, educational resources and strategic relationships, CBIC enhances, publicizes, and champions technology initiatives that strengthen economic and social vitality in our area. For more information, please visit our website at, follow us on Twitter at @CBICouncil and follow TNT events using #CBICTNT.

For Immediate Release:


Tracey Greene

CBIC Executive Director

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Joel is a digital innovation leader who has spent the past 15 years improving access to information and data across the life science and healthcare industries as an entrepreneur, board member, and advisor. He co-founded and currently leads ArcheMedX, which applies behavioral science to transform learning and generate actionable insights for Healthcare and Life Science organizations.

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