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Friday, April 12 • 9:00am - 5:00pm
American Evolution Innovators Cup

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The Innovators Cup competition challenges the brightest minds from Virginia’s colleges and universities to develop innovative solutions to issues facing both Virginia and the nation. Unlike other pitch competitions, the American Evolution Innovators Cup is calling on student teams to engage in two unique challenges—one focused on social impact, the other on commercialization of invention and research.
Teams will compete for the American Evolution Innovators Cup, cash prizes totaling $60,000, mentorships with celebrated innovators, and an opportunity to connect with investors to scale their projects.

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Monique Adams

Executive Director, 757 Angels
As Executive Director, Monique worked with the Board to launch 757 Angels. Since launching in 2015, 757 Angels has grown to one of the largest angel groups in the country with 120 members/investors and injected over $42 Million of capital into startup and early stage companies. Through... Read More →
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Ed Albrigo

CEO, Center for Innovative Technology
Ed Albrigo is President and CEO of the Center of Innovative Technology (CIT) in Virginia. Ed leads CIT in its mission to accelerate innovation commercialization, and entrepreneurship. Under Ed’s leadership, CIT launched new programs in areas such as cyber security, unmanned systems... Read More →
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Mary Lou Bourne

Director, Technology Innovation, James Madison University
In her dual roles of Executive Director, Technology Innovation and Economic Development and Executive Director, James Madison Innovations, Mary Lou Bourne provides leadership over all aspects of moving university initiated innovations into the marketplace, including developing strategies... Read More →
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Frances Bradford

Deputy Secretary of Education, Office of the Governor of Virginia
Fran Bradford has spent the past twenty-eight years championing Virginia higher education through the state and federal legislative and policy processes. She currently serves Deputy Secretary of Education for Governor Northam. Prior to this role, she was at the College of William... Read More →
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Jason Brewster

Incubator Director, University of Virginia i.Lab
Jason directs the i.Lab Incubator while also leading the mentor community and other i.Lab initiatives. He is a CodeX Fellow for the Stanford Center for Legal Informatics and the co-founder of Nimbus Law, which provides solutions for virtualizing legal teams and tracking client activity... Read More →
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Jim Cheng

Secretary of Commerce and Trade, CAV Angels
Jim Cheng has over 25 years experience as a technology entrepreneur, angel/private capital investor, business leader and a senior state government executive.Previously, Jim served as the Secretary of Commerce and Trade for the Commonwealth of Virginia (1/2010-1/2014). As a senior... Read More →
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Brad Cummings

Managing Partner, Trolley Ventures
A graduate of the University of Richmond, Brad has been fortunate to participate in both the big corporate and entrepreneurial worlds. Brad helped found human resources firm Monument Consulting and wine distributor Free Run Wine Merchants. Most recently he Brad helped found early-stage... Read More →
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Robby Demeria

Deputy Secretary of Commerce & Trade for Technology, Office of the Governor
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Maya Desai

Associate Director, Navigant
Maya has over 13 years of experience working directly with founders, CEOs, and investors of pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. In her role as an associate director at Navigant, Maya has successfully provided product launch readiness and commercialization strategies for companies... Read More →
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Eva Doss

President & CEO, The Launch Place (TLP)
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Alex Euler

Investment Director, CIT GAP Funds
Alex is the Investment Director for the CIT GAP Funds - perennially ranked by CB Insights as among the Nation's most active seed and early-stage VC funds. As Investment Director at CIT GAP Funds, Alex owns the entire investment process - with responsibility for deal sourcing, screening... Read More →
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Jason Feifer

editor in chief, Entrepreneur magazine
Jason Feifer is the editor in chief of Entrepreneur magazine, and host of two podcasts: Problem Solvers, about entrepreneurs solving unexpected problems in their business, and Pessimists Archive, a history of unfounded fears of technology. He has been an editor at Men's Health, Fast... Read More →
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David Hall

Partner, Revolution's Rise of the Rest Seed Fund
David Hall is a Partner at Rise of the Rest Seed Fund and is responsible for investment sourcing, execution, and oversight for Revolution portfolio companies. David began his career with Revolution in 2006, serving as an investment professional for Revolution and has been working... Read More →
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Henry Hipps

Deputy Director, Education, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Henry Hipps is Deputy Director of the Education team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Henry and his team focus on improving the availability, adoption and implementation of high leverage solutions that support teachers and increase student achievement. At the Foundation, he... Read More →
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Karen Jackson

President, Apogee Strategic Partners, LLC
Former senior government executive with distinguished career leading programs and teams in autonomous systems, cyber security, smart community development, telecommunications, and IT.
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Hina Mehta, Ph.D.

Director, Office of Technology Transfer, George Mason University
As the Director of the Office of Technology Transfer, George Mason University, Hina Mehta oversees all aspects of bringing university-initiated innovations to the marketplace. She is responsible for developing strategies for marketing, licensing and commercialization of intellectual... Read More →
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Ivelina Metcheva, Ph.D.

Senior Executive Director, VCU Innovation Gateway
Dr. Metcheva has an extensive experience in technology licensing and commercialization. In her current role, she provides strategic and operational leadership of a technology commercialization office serving a research-intensive university with research awards of more than $275 million... Read More →
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Kendall Morris

Founder, Two Ocean, Junior Founders Club
Kendall is a strategic innovator who takes a people-first approach to marketing, leadership and solving complex challenges in unchartered territories. An experienced entrepreneur and marketing leader, Kendall has built and contributed to several companies including Create Digital... Read More →
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Todd Nuckols

Executive Director, Lighthouse Labs
Todd Nuckols resides in his hometown Richmond, VA. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1993 and began a career in information technology with Circuit City Stores and CarMax. By 1998, Todd transitioned to the startup world and continued to leverage his technical strength... Read More →
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Alex Pessala

Principal, Middleland Capital
Alex has been a Principal at Middleland since 2012, where he’s sourced and invested in more than 20 companies including Shift, FiscalNote, Aerofarms, SocialTables (acquired by Cvent), Hinge (acquired by Match Group), mHelpDesk (acquired by IAC), Avizia (acquired by AmWell), Interfolio... Read More →
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Michael Straightiff

Executive Director, University of Virginia Licensing & Ventures Group
Michael P. Straightiff, Executive Director of the UVA Licensing & Ventures Group (UVA LVG) has strategic and operational re¬sponsibilities for the technology transfer and commercialization of all UVA owned intellectual property.Since September 2011, Straightiff has elevated the work... Read More →
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Bill Terrell

Technologist, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Bill Terrell is a technologist for Hewlett Packard Enterprise working in the Chief Technology Office on cloud initiatives. These include strategic projects within the company as well as outside start-up and later stage companies of interest. Bill lives in Charlottesville and travels... Read More →
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Navin Thukkaram

Lead Investor / Board Member, SkyKick
Navin Thukkaram is a technology investor and entrepreneur who has generated over $3 billion in exits. Navin is lead investor and board member of SkyKick, a cloud software company with 20,000+ businesses in 100+ countries. He has served on several boards for companies ranging from... Read More →

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American Evolution

AMERICAN EVOLUTION™ commemorates the 400th anniversary of several key historical events that occurred in Virginia in 1619 that continue to influence America today. Featured events, programs, and legacy projects inspire local, national, and international engagement in the themes... Read More →

Friday April 12, 2019 9:00am - 5:00pm EDT
Violet Crown 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA