HARRISONBURG — The Shenandoah Valley Technology Council will hold a tour of the JMU X-labs and an informational luncheon about an upcoming funding opportunity for tech companies from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 19 at Lakeview Hall on James Madison University’s campus, according to a news release.

The program will start with Nick Swayne, founding director of the X-labs, leading the tour and discussing its evolution and how students innovations are launched. It’s also an opportunity for community members to see how they can use the maker space to develop their innovations.

Afterward, Jennifer Hiltwine of the Center for Innovative Technology will provide information about the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund, which is accepting proposals for fiscal year 2018.

The fund has $2.5 million to support academic, private-sector and nonprofit research institution initiatives to help develop and commercialize high-potential technology projects. Five programs are available for funding: commercialization, SBIR matching funds, STTR matching funds, matching funds, and eminent researcher recruitment.

Money is eligible for projects in the biosciences, cybersecurity, clean energy, water quality, data analytics and unmanned systems sectors.

Those wishing to attend must preregister by Tuesday. Visit svtc-va.org to register or for more information.

-Vic Bradshaw

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