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Summit: Entrepreneurial Ecosystems [clear filter]
Thursday, April 11
 

2:00pm EDT

2:00pm EDT

Virginia Council for CEOs Roundtables
Peer Roundtables are a key to success for many small and mid-sized business CEOs. More than 250 Virginia CEOs participate in roundtables organized by the Virginia Council of CEOs, learning and growing through disciplined monthly meetings with their own small group of trusted peers. Council members will facilitate roundtables at Tom Tom for participating CEOs, giving them a chance to experience the power of these learning groups.

CEO Roundtables are a perfect forum to test new ideas, solve problems and learn from others who share your experiences. There’s nothing to prepare, just come ready to engage, share and learn from others in this safe and confidential environment. Roundtable members often connect authentically, resulting in new relationships that last beyond the day.

For this roundtable experience, we welcome anyone who leads a business with 5 or more employees.

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Thursday April 11, 2019 2:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Vault Virginia 300 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

3:00pm EDT

Mid-Atlantic Angel Summit, presented by CIT
Limited Capacity seats available

A convening of seed and early-stage investment professionals in the Mid-Atlantic, this event is open to accredited investors (with a conference badge) from Virginia and beyond. This two-hour event will cover regional investment trends and will end with a primer on how valuation at the earliest stages of a company’s lifecycle influence investor returns and company trajectory. This is a great opportunity to learn and network with your future co-investors.

Moderators
avatar for Tom Weithman

Tom Weithman

Managing Director, CIT GAP Funds
Beginning in 2004, Mr. Weithman has established and grown CIT GAP Funds, a family of early stage venture funds focused on making equity investments in Virginia’s most promising tech, life science and clean tech companies. A “double-bottom-line” fund, CIT GAP Funds invests in... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Alex Euler

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 →
avatar for Gene Schleppenbach

Gene Schleppenbach

Principal, Miles & Stockbridge P.C.
Gene Schleppenbach represents early-stage to mature companies in diverse industries concerning a variety of corporate, high-tech and intellectual property matters.  His corporate experience includes representing clients on formation issues, corporate governance, shareholder agreements... Read More →


Thursday April 11, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Violet Crown: Theater 2
 
Friday, April 12
 

7:00am EDT

Entrepreneurial Ecosystems Conference: Check-In and Badge Pick-Up @ Violet Crown Box Office
You may also check in and pick up your badge in advance. Please see our full week's box office hours here.

Friday April 12, 2019 7:00am - 8:00am EDT
Violet Crown 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

8:00am EDT

8:00am EDT

Entrepreneurial Ecosystems Conference: Networking Coffee
Networking Coffee for the Entrepreneurial Ecosystems Conference Guests, Speakers, and Exhibitors

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8:00am EDT

Entrepreneurial Ecosystems Conference
MORE FOUNDERS, MORE FIRMS, A BRIGHTER FUTURE
Over the past decade, hundreds of accelerators, incubators, innovation districts, angel networks, coworking labs, and other ecosystem support organizations have sprouted in Virginia, all with the goal of propelling our region to the forefront of innovation and economic growth. Looking back, what have we learned? What works and what gaps remain? Are we solving the right problems and what do we have to show for it? The Entrepreneurial Ecosystems Conference is a unique, daylong summit for leaders from across Virginia to take stock and set the stage for even greater impact through data-driven presentations and lasting alliances.

Full list of programs to be announced in February! 

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Speakers
avatar for Pamela Abalu

Pamela Abalu

Cofounder, Love and Magic Company
Pamela Abalu, co-founder of The Love and Magic Company, pioneers human-centered design practices that infuse consciousness, energy flow, and inclusivity into global workplace transformations.A Crain’s 40 Under 40 honoree, Pamela Abalu is inventing the future of workplace design... Read More →
avatar for Joshua Anton

Joshua Anton

CEO and Founder, X-Mode
Joshua Anton (UVA-Comm 14) - CEO of X-Mode launched the Drunk Mode App in 2014, the living map for ‘when you go out'. Drunk Mode garnering over 2 Million users in eighteen months, stops you from making regrettable mistakes (drunk dialing) and keeps you safe (allowing you to find... Read More →
avatar for Ross Baird

Ross Baird

President, Village Capital
Ross Baird is an entrepreneur and investor who is best known for finding, developing, and backing entrepreneurs and ideas overlooked and undervalued by mainstream markets. He co-founded Village Capital in 2009, and has invested in over 100 entrepreneurs in the last decade, and supported... Read More →
avatar for Grace Belangia

Grace Belangia

Executive Director, theClubhou.se
Award winning ecosystem builder supporting entrepreneurs to create and build sustainable businesses locally and virtually. Collaborative strategist with 16 years experience and expertise in organizing, directing and launching solutions to catalyze strong community development and... Read More →
avatar for Jon Bier

Jon Bier

Entrepreneur, Cerro Gordo Mines
Publicist. Attorney. Whiskey Slinger. Ghost Town Entrepreneur. Father to Jack the Dog.
avatar for Jeanne Milliken Bonds

Jeanne Milliken Bonds

Senior Manager, Regional Community Development, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
Jeanne Milliken Bonds is the Senior Manager, Regional Community Development for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. In her role, she provides leadership for strategic stakeholder collaboration and community-level solutions, focusing on low- and moderate- income and underserved communities... Read More →
avatar for Carleen Bowers

Carleen Bowers

Venture Associate, UVA LVG Seed Fund
Carleen joined the University of Virginia’s Seed Fund in 2018 as a Venture Associate, and is responsible for identifying and evaluating early stage venture investment opportunities emerging from the University. She also works to support the growth of the Fund’s five portfolio... Read More →
avatar for Derrick Braziel

Derrick Braziel

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Mortar
Derrick Braziel serves as a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of MORTAR, an organization dedicated to see historically marginalized entrepreneurs equipped to build communities, pursue wealth, ownership and leave legacies.Derrick’s work has led to recognition from the Indianapolis... Read More →
avatar for Marland Buckner

Marland Buckner

Cofounder & Principal, MB2 Solutions
Marland Buckner serves as Cofounder and Principal of MB2 Solutions LLC, an impact development firm.From 2001 to 2008, Buckner was Director of Federal Government Affairs for Microsoft Corporation in Washington, DC. Prior to Microsoft, Buckner served in several Congressional staff roles... Read More →
avatar for Tighe Bullock

Tighe Bullock

President/Managing Member, Bullock Properties, LLC
Tighe Bullock is a (re)developer and lawyer who has spent the last 15 years restoring historic buildings and providing mixed use space for local businesses and tenants. Mr. Bullock has helped create over 70 permanent jobs through +15 businesses while restoring  10 historic buildings... Read More →
avatar for Sean Carr, Ph.D.

Sean Carr, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, University of Virginia, Darden School of Business
Sean D. Carr, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of the Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and an Assistant Professor of Business Administration at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. Professor Carr provides administrative leadership for an endowed... Read More →
avatar for Jill Carroll

Jill Carroll

Principal, SR One
Jill joined SR One in 2011 with a background in biotech partnering and corporate development. Previously, she completed multiple pharma partnerships and substantial private and public financings at Dynavax Technologies (NASDAQ: DVAX). Jill was formerly a biopharmaceutical industry... Read More →
avatar for Ric Cavender

Ric Cavender

Executive Director, Charleston Main Streets
Ric is the Executive Director of Charleston Main Streets, the city’s community & economic development agency focused on the East End and West Side Urban business districts. Since the programs' inceptions, the districts have experienced public and private investments totaling over... Read More →
avatar for Tom Chapman

Tom Chapman

Managing Principal, Chapman and Company
Tom Chapman is a practitioner expert on entrepreneurial ecosystems and measuring their impact.  As a member of the Board and the leader of the metrics efforts, Tom has worked with the Startup Champions Network to build practical, scalable community metrics around entrepreneurial... Read More →
avatar for Mylea Charvat

Mylea Charvat

CEO, Savonix
Dr. Mylea Charvat, a clinical psychologist and translational neuroscientist founded Savonix to address a critical challenge in the health care world – how do we assess the cognitive function of patients on a large scale despite limited dollars and insufficient numbers of specialists.Mylea... Read More →
avatar for Tom Click

Tom Click

Chair, GO Virginia Region 9 Council, CEO, Patriot Industries
Tom Click and his wife Sarah founded Patriot Aluminum in 2010, the only American Owned & Operated Family Business producing the full lines of Steel, Aluminum, and Stainless Steel Electrical Conduit Products. Patriot’s focus on the traditional American Values of hard work and innovation... Read More →
avatar for Mick Cornett

Mick Cornett

Former Mayor, Oklahoma City
Mick Cornett was Oklahoma City's longest-serving mayor from 2004 to 2018, and served as the President of the US Conference of Mayors from 2016-2017.His list of awards includes nods for urban design, health, sports and the arts. Newsweek called him one of the five most innovative mayors... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth Cromwell

Elizabeth Cromwell

President & CEO, Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce
Elizabeth Cromwell recently became the President & CEO of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce following her introduction to Cville at Tom Tom Fest 2018. She brings more than 30 years of experience in marketing, corporate sponsorship, event management and public/private... Read More →
avatar for Matt Dunne

Matt Dunne

Founder & Executive Director, Center on Rural Innovation
Matt Dunne is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center on Rural Innovation, a non-profit "action-tank" dedicated to fostering digital economies in rural America through research, thought leadership, and on-the-ground programming. Previously, Matt served 11 years in the Vermont... Read More →
avatar for Chinedu Echeruo

Chinedu Echeruo

Cofounder, Love and Magic Company
Chinedu Echeruo is a serial entrepreneur who has dared to invent the future: In 2005, he founded HopStop, the pioneering travel app that helped millions of users navigate public transportation in major metropolitan areas around the world. Apple acquired HopStop in 2013 and subsequently... Read More →
avatar for Enoch Elwell

Enoch Elwell

Founder, CO.STARTERS
I'm here to help connect local and regional leaders from around the country who want to build more collaborative support systems for each other... I've got a particular love for finding sustainable business models for the communities we serve. Let me know how I can be helpful!
avatar for Roben Farzad

Roben Farzad

Host, Public Radio's Full Disclosure
Roben Farzad hosts public radio's Full Disclosure, which airs on Virginia Public Media WCVE, NPR.org and NPR One. He is a special correspondent for the PBS NewsHour and author of the book Hotel Scarface: Where Cocaine Cowboys Partied and Plotted to Control Miami
avatar for Jason Feifer

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 →
avatar for Elizabeth Freeman

Elizabeth Freeman

Entrepreneurship Consultant, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Elizabeth Freeman is a consultant in Entrepreneurship for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where she project manages the Inclusion Open, a funding program which seeks to expand the most effective and scalable entrepreneurial support models across the United States. Prior to joining... Read More →
avatar for Jason Fuller

Jason Fuller

Principal, New Enterprise Associates
Jason joined NEA as a Principal in 2014 and focuses on investments in biopharmaceuticals. Prior to joining NEA, Jason was a Principal with Third Rock Ventures were he contributed to the creation and management of several companies, including NinePoint Medical, Kala Pharmaceuticals... Read More →
avatar for Rick Gordon

Rick Gordon

Director, Inova Personalized Health Accelerator
Rick Gordon is an expert on technology investing, business strategy and early-stage venture development. He is a proven leader with more than 25 years experience in providing organizations with strategic growth. Rick serves as a Director at Inova Health System's Personalized Health... Read More →
avatar for Sameer Gulati

Sameer Gulati

Founder & CEO, Ordway
Sameer’s track record designing many of the world’s leading ERP and financial billing systems equipped him with the knowledge and desire to found Ordway. As one of the first Product Managers at Zuora, Intacct, and Workday, to product leadership at First Data, Sameer developed... Read More →
avatar for David Hall

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 →
avatar for Chris Harris

Chris Harris

Senior Program Officer - Entrepreneurship, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Chris Harris is a senior program officer in Entrepreneurship for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where he focuses on building and expanding the most effective entrepreneurial support models addressing critical barriers for entrepreneurs across the United States. The strategy... Read More →
avatar for Imagene Harris

Imagene Harris

Director of Strategic Partnerships & Impact Investment, NetWork Kansas
Imagene is the Director of Strategic Partnerships and Impact Investment at NetWork Kansas. She oversees the organization's statewide funding programs, including three loan funds and a venture fund. Imagene joined joined NetWork Kansas in December 2013 after working in compliance for... Read More →
avatar for Felecia Hatcher-Pearson

Felecia Hatcher-Pearson

Co-Founder of Tribe Co-Work & Urban Innovation Lab +Blacktech Week, Code Fever Miami
Felecia Hatcher is on a mission to rid communities across the globe of innovation deserts by working with community leaders and government officials to create inclusive and diverse tech/startup ecosystems as an Author and the Co-Founder of Tribe Cowork and Urban Innovation Lab, Code... Read More →
avatar for Sean Henry

Sean Henry

Founder/CEO, Stord
Sean Henry is Founder and CEO of STORD, a technology-driven warehousing & distribution network helping companies distribute products globally. While attending the Georgia Institute of Technology, Sean worked in Supply Chain Optimization at a german-based manufacturer. Following this... Read More →
avatar for Tiffany Henry

Tiffany Henry

Program Officer, Winthrop Rockefeller Institute
Tiffany Henry is a Program Officer at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute in Morrilton, Arkansas where she coordinates Uncommon Communities, a community and leadership development program that empowers citizens to make their own positive change through entrepreneurial ecosystem building... Read More →
avatar for Erika Herz

Erika Herz

Director of Research and Intellectual Capital, Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, University of Virginia, Darden School of Business
Erika is Director of Research and Intellectual Capital at the Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the UVA Darden School of Business. She is responsible for research programs and academic conferences, related publications for academic and business audiences, and... Read More →
avatar for David Hirsch

David Hirsch

Community Development, CO.STARTERS
David Hirsch works in community development at CO.STARTERS. The son of a serial entrepreneur, he has stumbled his way into supporting entrepreneurs through interconnected networks. A firm believer that strong relationships provide the best support, he founded HAVEN to create sustainable... Read More →
avatar for Archie Holmes

Archie Holmes

Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, University of Virginia
Archie Holmes is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Virginia and currently serves as the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. He received his B.S. (highest honors) from the University of Texas at Austin and his M.S. and PhD. degrees from the University... Read More →
avatar for Steve Hoang

Steve Hoang

Head of Computational Biology, HemoShear Therapeutics
Steve Hoang, PhD is the Head of Computational Biology at HemoShear Therapeutics. He completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Virginia, where he studied genomics and systems biology. He has spent the last ten years modeling biological networks and developing... Read More →
avatar for Mitchell Horowitz

Mitchell Horowitz

Principal, TEConomy Partners, LLC
Mitch has a strong record of accomplishment in innovation-based economic development over the past 30 years. Recently Mitch has helped lead TEConomy's work with GO Virginia and the Virginia Research Investment Committee. Before co-founding TEConomy in 2015, Mitch served as Vice President... Read More →
avatar for Anika Horn

Anika Horn

Chief Social Venturer, Social Venturers
Anika Horn is an ecosystem builder for social change. With a Masters of Science in Sustainability and her experiences in startup acceleration across Europe, Australia, the U.S. and now Canada, she helps purpose-driven entrepreneurs launch, manage and grow socially responsible bus... Read More →
avatar for Fay Horwitt

Fay Horwitt

Vice President of Community Innovation, Forward Cities
Fay Horwitt leads the development and scale-up of Forward Cities’ community entrepreneurship programs, as well as the ESHIP Communities program in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation. As an accomplished ecosystem builder and inclusive entrepreneurship expert, Fay is innovating... Read More →
avatar for Denise Hubbard

Denise Hubbard

Program Director, Office of Economic Development, University of Virginia
Denise Hubbard serves as the Program Director for the Office of Economic Development at the University of Virginia. In this role Denise identifies opportunities, convenes conversations and manages programs in support of the University’s efforts to spur economic development in the... Read More →
avatar for Matt Illian

Matt Illian

Executive Director, Virginia Impact Investing Forum
Matt Illian, CFP® serves as a champion of Virginia's impact investing ecosystem. He works to convene, educate, and empower philanthropic and civically minded people who have a desire to invest capital in ways that place attention on both financial and social returns. Matt serves... Read More →
avatar for Roger Johnson

Roger Johnson

Economic Development Director, Albemarle County
Director of Economic Development. He’s been with Albemarle County for just over a year, but working in concert with universities for a couple decades whilst employed in both local government, as well as, the private sector. He graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelors... Read More →
avatar for Erik Johnston

Erik Johnston

Director, The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development
Erik Johnston serves as Director of the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). Governor Ralph Northam appointed him on January 15, 2018. Erik is responsible for management and oversight of the agency, which provides community development, economic development... Read More →
avatar for Joseph Kapp

Joseph Kapp

President, National Center for Resource Development
Mr. Kapp is a serial entrepreneur, having started and sold his first business in college. He has subsequently started several for-profit and not-for-profit ventures. For the last 6 years, Kapp has been working in Appalachia to help drive entrepreneurial activities from Ohio to Kentucky... Read More →
avatar for Bo Kemp

Bo Kemp

Senior Director, Faegre Baker Daniels
Bo Kemp partners with a national network of advisors, advocates, government and business leaders to help drive growth, tackle major initiatives and boost efficiency in municipalities. Highly experienced in the structuring and execution of public-private partnerships, Bo has a reputation... Read More →
avatar for Adam Klein

Adam Klein

Director of Strategy, Capitol Broadcasting + American Underground
Adam Klein is Director of Strategy for Capitol Broadcasting Company--a diversified communications company which owns and operates businesses in television, radio, commercial real estate, technology entrepreneurship, and residential building supplies. His work is focused on the intersection... Read More →
avatar for Christine Lai

Christine Lai

Community Activator, Kauffman Foundation
Christine Lai is a cross-sector collaboration catalyst, connecting capital, ideas, opportunities, and people for positive social change. She serves as a Community Activator on the ESHIP Summit Team, an initiative launched by the Kauffman Foundation, where she focuses on partnerships... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Landrum

Stephanie Landrum

President & CEO, Alexandria Economic Development Partnership
Stephanie Landrum is President & CEO of the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership (AEDP). Appointed by the Board of Directors in April 2015, Stephanie has held leadership roles in the organization since 2005. AEDP is responsible for leading the City of Alexandria’s efforts... Read More →
avatar for Kim Lane

Kim Lane

CEO, Conductor
Kim Lane strives to reduce barriers to entry for entrepreneurs, makers and innovators. She serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Conductor (www.ARConductor.org), an initiative that provides entrepreneurial support through consulting, mentorship, access to capital, and maker... Read More →
avatar for Michael Lenox

Michael Lenox

Senior Associate Dean and Chief Strategy Officer, University of Virginia, Darden School of Business
Professor Lenox is the Tayloe Murphy Professor of Business at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business where he teaches business strategy. Professor Lenox serves as the school’s Senior Associate Dean and Chief Strategy Office, and has served as a tenured professor... Read More →
avatar for Christopher Lloyd

Christopher Lloyd

Senior Vice President and Director, McGuireWoods Consulting, LLC
Chris Lloyd leads the McGuireWoods Consulting infrastructure and economic development team where he specializes in site selection and economic development incentives negotiations. Chris has also worked closely with clients on numerous public-private partnership projects for transportation... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Marks

Michelle Marks

Vice President for Academic Innovation and New Ventures, George Mason University
Dr. Michelle Marks is the Vice President for Academic Innovation & New Ventures at George Mason University. In this capacity she is responsible for identifying, launching, and sustaining educational initiatives that fulfill Mason’s strategic plan and generate financial resources... Read More →
avatar for Eric Martin

Eric Martin

Director, Galant Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, University of Virginia
Eric Martin’s 20-year career includes successful operating experience as a chief executive, entrepreneur, strategist (global consultancy partner), and change agent (business transformation and turnarounds). Currently, Eric advises leading large and middle-market companies across... Read More →
avatar for John McElligott

John McElligott

Chief Executive Officer, York Exponential
John McElligott is founder and Chief Executive Officer of York Exponential, a collaborative robotics and artificial intelligence company located in York, Pennsylvania. He is also president of the Fortress Initiative, a non-profit organization focused on ensuring no one gets left behind... Read More →
avatar for Evans McMillion

Evans McMillion

Executive Director, 757 Accelerate
Evans is passionate about solving problems through innovation and collaboration. As an attorney, she helped growing businesses rethink their options and knock down the hurdles in their path towards growth. Most of Evans’ opportunities materialized because she was willing to say... Read More →
avatar for Tina Metzer

Tina Metzer

Vice President, National Center for Resource Development
Tina Metzer, Vice President, National Center For Resource Development (NCRD).  NCRD was founded on the principle of collaboration and community. Tina is a native West Virginian and has worked in the nonprofit community as a career and volunteer for most of her life as well as being... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Miller

Jennifer Miller

author/journalist, freelance
Jennifer Miller is the author of four books: Mr. Nice Guy (St. Martins); The Heart You Carry Home (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt); The Year of the Gadfly (HMH); and Inheriting the Holy Land (Ballantine). She is currently working on a new book about first-generation college students, for... Read More →
avatar for Maegan Moore

Maegan Moore

Research and Communications, Blueprint Local
Maegan leads research and communications for Blueprint Local. She recently completed her MBA at the University of Oxford Saïd Business School, specializing in social entrepreneurship and innovation. Prior to Oxford, Maegan lived in Charlottesville where she worked for the University... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Moret

Stephen Moret

President and CEO, Virginia Economic Development Partnership
Before joining VEDP in January 2017, Moret served as chief executive of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber and Louisiana Economic Development, as well as the LSU Foundation and its real-estate development arm.At VEDP, he has collaborated with state, regional, and local partners to craft... Read More →
avatar for Eric	Parker

Eric Parker

President and Founder, theClubhou.se
Eric R. Parker, AIA, Founder & President of theClubhou.se, and co-founder of Make Startups, bring years of experience in innovation, architecture, design, community strategy, marketing, and public relations together to help communities and individuals build economic independence... Read More →
avatar for Chad Rogers

Chad Rogers

CEO, TypeZero/Dexcom
Chad Rogers is a serial entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience in medical device technology, early stage startup management, and venture capital. Chad founded TypeZero Technologies, Inc. in 2013 and has led seven successful startups throughout the course of his career... Read More →
avatar for Julia Ross

Julia Ross

Dean of Engineering, Virginia Tech
Julia Ross, the Paul and Dorothea Torgersen Dean of Engineering, leads the largest, most comprehensive engineering program in Virginia. She began her tenure as dean of Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering on July 31, 2017 and holds tenured appointments in chemical engineering... Read More →
avatar for Marco Rubin

Marco Rubin

Senior Investment Director, CIT
Marco is responsible for sourcing, diligence and closing of seed and early stage investments on behalf of the CIT GAP Funds. He serves on the board of numerous portfolio companies and leads seed/early stage investment in aerospace/UAS, energy, and software sectors. Marco has held... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Sabbath

Jessica Sabbath

Managing Editor, Virginia Business
Jessica Sabbath is the managing editor of Virginia Business, a statewide magazine covering the industries, businesses and people influencing Virginia's economy. Sabbath joined the magazine in 2006 as special projects editor. Her work has received several awards from the Alliance of... Read More →
avatar for Timothy Sands

Timothy Sands

President, Virginia Tech
Timothy D. Sands is the 16th president of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, joining the university in June of 2014. A scientist, educator, and inventor, he has dedicated much of his career to advancing the impact of research and innovation in public education. As... Read More →
avatar for Marie Schacht

Marie Schacht

Provost, altMBA
Marie leads Seth Godin's altMBA, The Bootstrapper's Workshop and The Marketing Seminar. She believes in a culture of possibility, responsibility and creativity.Marie loves design and making things better. Prior to her work with Seth, she was the director of Hopscotch Design Festival... Read More →
avatar for Gene Schleppenbach

Gene Schleppenbach

Principal, Miles & Stockbridge P.C.
Gene Schleppenbach represents early-stage to mature companies in diverse industries concerning a variety of corporate, high-tech and intellectual property matters.  His corporate experience includes representing clients on formation issues, corporate governance, shareholder agreements... Read More →
avatar for Joel Selzer

Joel Selzer

CEO, ArcheMedX
Joel is a digital innovation leader who has spent the past 15 years improving access to information and data across the healthcare industry as an entrepreneur, board member, and advisor. He co-founded and currently leads ArcheMedX, which applies behavioral science to transform learning... Read More →
avatar for David Touve

David Touve

Senior Director, iLab, University of Virginia
David oversees and supports the people, programs and resources of the i.Lab, while working to develop new initiatives, connections and opportunities. Prior to university life, David held founding, executive or advisory roles in a series of both bootstrapped and venture-backed startups... Read More →
avatar for Sean Washington

Sean Washington

Senior Business Development Manager, City of Norfolk
Sean Washington is a results-oriented business professional who excels in attracting, retaining, deepening and developing business relationships in the Hampton Roads community. As a senior business development manager for the City of Norfolk, Sean helps bridge the gap between Norfolk... Read More →
avatar for Brian Watson

Brian Watson

Co-Founder, Proximity
Brian Watson is an entrepreneur, connector, and community developer. Brian has been starting and running businesses since he was 17 and believes that entrepreneurship is the greatest tool we have to positively impact our communities. His startup, Proximity, strives to help connect... Read More →
avatar for Tom Weithman

Tom Weithman

Managing Director, CIT GAP Funds
Beginning in 2004, Mr. Weithman has established and grown CIT GAP Funds, a family of early stage venture funds focused on making equity investments in Virginia’s most promising tech, life science and clean tech companies. A “double-bottom-line” fund, CIT GAP Funds invests in... Read More →
avatar for Jayson White

Jayson White

Author / Researcher, The Next American City / CITEE Initiative
Jayson White is a researcher at UVA's Darden School of Business and co-author of Penguin Random House's new release The Next American City with Former OKC Mayor Mick Cornett. Mr. White has worked in urban affairs and innovation for the past decade, leading the Urban Policy Advisory... Read More →
avatar for Christina Winn

Christina Winn

Director, Business Investment, Arlington Economic Development
Christina Winn is the Director of Business Investment for Arlington Economic Development. Since 2014 she’s led Arlington’s efforts in business retention, national recruitment, entrepreneur support, and catalyzing the innovation economy. Under her leadership, her team has recruited... Read More →
avatar for Dubby Wynne

Dubby Wynne

Chairman, Virginia Growth and Opportunity Board
John O. Wynne is the retired President and Chief Executive Officer of Landmark Communications, Inc., which has interests in newspapers, broadcasting, cable programming and electronic publishing.Currently, Mr. Wynne chairs Reinvent Hampton Roads, a 501(c)(3) created to strengthen Hampton... Read More →
avatar for Paul Yandura

Paul Yandura

Founding Executive Director, FARMS+WORK+WONDERS
Paul Yandura is the President of FARMS+WORK+WONDERS, a successful farm and food-based nonprofit social enterprise dedicated to expanding opportunities for Appalachian youth.Paul and his partner Donald Hitchcock, built their weekend cabin in the Appalachian Mountains in 2008 to escape... Read More →
avatar for Beth Zimmer

Beth Zimmer

Founder & Managing Director, Innovation Collaborative
Beth is a social impact entrepreneur. She is a cofounder and the Managing Director of the Innovation Collaborative. In 2010, she identified the need to improve and grow our entrepreneurial ecosystem. With a deep network regionally, she was able to pull together a strong team of thought... Read More →

Sponsors

Friday April 12, 2019 8:00am - 6:00pm EDT
Violet Crown 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

8:45am EDT

Rise of the Rest: Venture Capital Outside Silicon Valley
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Moderators
avatar for Jason Feifer

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 →

Speakers
avatar for Sameer Gulati

Sameer Gulati

Founder & CEO, Ordway
Sameer’s track record designing many of the world’s leading ERP and financial billing systems equipped him with the knowledge and desire to found Ordway. As one of the first Product Managers at Zuora, Intacct, and Workday, to product leadership at First Data, Sameer developed... Read More →
avatar for David Hall

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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Sean Henry

Founder/CEO, Stord
Sean Henry is Founder and CEO of STORD, a technology-driven warehousing & distribution network helping companies distribute products globally. While attending the Georgia Institute of Technology, Sean worked in Supply Chain Optimization at a german-based manufacturer. Following this... Read More →

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9:00am EDT

American Evolution Innovators Cup
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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Speakers
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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 →
avatar for Mary Lou Bourne

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
Robby Demeria was appointed Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Trade for Technology on July 2, 2018. In this new role created following the reorganization of the state’s technology office, Demeria works closely with the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Investment Authority and guides... Read More →
avatar for Maya Desai

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 and CEO, The Launch Place
Eva Doss has over twenty years of experience in pre-seed and seed investment fund establishment and management, fundraising, business consulting, and business development both in the United States and in Europe. During her career Eva established new business ventures and investment... Read More →
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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 →
avatar for David Hall

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 →
avatar for Karen Jackson

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.
avatar for Hina Mehta, Ph.D.

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

10:00am EDT

Ecosystem-Builder Case Study: MORTAR, Cincinnati
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Speakers
avatar for Derrick Braziel

Derrick Braziel

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Mortar
Derrick Braziel serves as a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of MORTAR, an organization dedicated to see historically marginalized entrepreneurs equipped to build communities, pursue wealth, ownership and leave legacies.Derrick’s work has led to recognition from the Indianapolis... Read More →

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10:00am EDT

An Emerging Profession: The Role of the Ecosystem Builder
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Moderators
avatar for Chris Harris

Chris Harris

Senior Program Officer - Entrepreneurship, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Chris Harris is a senior program officer in Entrepreneurship for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where he focuses on building and expanding the most effective entrepreneurial support models addressing critical barriers for entrepreneurs across the United States. The strategy... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Enoch Elwell

Enoch Elwell

Founder, CO.STARTERS
I'm here to help connect local and regional leaders from around the country who want to build more collaborative support systems for each other... I've got a particular love for finding sustainable business models for the communities we serve. Let me know how I can be helpful!
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Larkin Garbee

Interim Executive Director, Startup Champions Network
Larkin Garbee is a founding member and Interim Executive Director of the Startup Champions Network. She is a natural entrepreneurial ecosystem builder and civic instigator with a passion for supporting founders and building inclusive communities with an emphasis on technology, innovation... Read More →
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Christine Lai

Community Activator, Kauffman Foundation
Christine Lai is a cross-sector collaboration catalyst, connecting capital, ideas, opportunities, and people for positive social change. She serves as a Community Activator on the ESHIP Summit Team, an initiative launched by the Kauffman Foundation, where she focuses on partnerships... Read More →
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Beth Zimmer

Founder & Managing Director, Innovation Collaborative
Beth is a social impact entrepreneur. She is a cofounder and the Managing Director of the Innovation Collaborative. In 2010, she identified the need to improve and grow our entrepreneurial ecosystem. With a deep network regionally, she was able to pull together a strong team of thought... Read More →

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Friday April 12, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am EDT
Violet Crown: Theater 3 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

10:00am EDT

Can You Curate a Town?
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Moderators
avatar for Jennifer Miller

Jennifer Miller

author/journalist, freelance
Jennifer Miller is the author of four books: Mr. Nice Guy (St. Martins); The Heart You Carry Home (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt); The Year of the Gadfly (HMH); and Inheriting the Holy Land (Ballantine). She is currently working on a new book about first-generation college students, for... Read More →

Speakers
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Jon Bier

Entrepreneur, Cerro Gordo Mines
Publicist. Attorney. Whiskey Slinger. Ghost Town Entrepreneur. Father to Jack the Dog.
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Paul Yandura

Founding Executive Director, FARMS+WORK+WONDERS
Paul Yandura is the President of FARMS+WORK+WONDERS, a successful farm and food-based nonprofit social enterprise dedicated to expanding opportunities for Appalachian youth.Paul and his partner Donald Hitchcock, built their weekend cabin in the Appalachian Mountains in 2008 to escape... Read More →

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Friday April 12, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am EDT
Violet Crown: Theater 4 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

10:00am EDT

GO Virginia: Envisioning a Statewide Entrepreneurial Ecosystem from the Ground Up
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Moderators
avatar for Tom Click

Tom Click

Chair, GO Virginia Region 9 Council, CEO, Patriot Industries
Tom Click and his wife Sarah founded Patriot Aluminum in 2010, the only American Owned & Operated Family Business producing the full lines of Steel, Aluminum, and Stainless Steel Electrical Conduit Products. Patriot’s focus on the traditional American Values of hard work and innovation... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ross Baird

Ross Baird

President, Village Capital
Ross Baird is an entrepreneur and investor who is best known for finding, developing, and backing entrepreneurs and ideas overlooked and undervalued by mainstream markets. He co-founded Village Capital in 2009, and has invested in over 100 entrepreneurs in the last decade, and supported... Read More →
avatar for Mitchell Horowitz

Mitchell Horowitz

Principal, TEConomy Partners, LLC
Mitch has a strong record of accomplishment in innovation-based economic development over the past 30 years. Recently Mitch has helped lead TEConomy's work with GO Virginia and the Virginia Research Investment Committee. Before co-founding TEConomy in 2015, Mitch served as Vice President... Read More →
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Dubby Wynne

Chairman, Virginia Growth and Opportunity Board
John O. Wynne is the retired President and Chief Executive Officer of Landmark Communications, Inc., which has interests in newspapers, broadcasting, cable programming and electronic publishing.Currently, Mr. Wynne chairs Reinvent Hampton Roads, a 501(c)(3) created to strengthen Hampton... Read More →

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10:00am EDT

Let’s Talk About Amazon HQ2: How We Got Here + How the Rest of Virginia’s Cities Benefit
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Moderators
avatar for Roben Farzad

Roben Farzad

Host, Public Radio's Full Disclosure
Roben Farzad hosts public radio's Full Disclosure, which airs on Virginia Public Media WCVE, NPR.org and NPR One. He is a special correspondent for the PBS NewsHour and author of the book Hotel Scarface: Where Cocaine Cowboys Partied and Plotted to Control Miami

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Landrum

Stephanie Landrum

President & CEO, Alexandria Economic Development Partnership
Stephanie Landrum is President & CEO of the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership (AEDP). Appointed by the Board of Directors in April 2015, Stephanie has held leadership roles in the organization since 2005. AEDP is responsible for leading the City of Alexandria’s efforts... Read More →
avatar for Christina Winn

Christina Winn

Director, Business Investment, Arlington Economic Development
Christina Winn is the Director of Business Investment for Arlington Economic Development. Since 2014 she’s led Arlington’s efforts in business retention, national recruitment, entrepreneur support, and catalyzing the innovation economy. Under her leadership, her team has recruited... Read More →
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Stephen Moret

President and CEO, Virginia Economic Development Partnership
Before joining VEDP in January 2017, Moret served as chief executive of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber and Louisiana Economic Development, as well as the LSU Foundation and its real-estate development arm.At VEDP, he has collaborated with state, regional, and local partners to craft... Read More →
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Timothy Sands

President, Virginia Tech
Timothy D. Sands is the 16th president of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, joining the university in June of 2014. A scientist, educator, and inventor, he has dedicated much of his career to advancing the impact of research and innovation in public education. As... Read More →

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Friday April 12, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am EDT
Violet Crown: Theater 5 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

10:45am EDT

Four Big Ideas in the Ecosystem: Entrepreneurial Flash Talks
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Speakers
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Joshua Anton

CEO and Founder, X-Mode
Joshua Anton (UVA-Comm 14) - CEO of X-Mode launched the Drunk Mode App in 2014, the living map for ‘when you go out'. Drunk Mode garnering over 2 Million users in eighteen months, stops you from making regrettable mistakes (drunk dialing) and keeps you safe (allowing you to find... Read More →
avatar for Grace Belangia

Grace Belangia

Executive Director, theClubhou.se
Award winning ecosystem builder supporting entrepreneurs to create and build sustainable businesses locally and virtually. Collaborative strategist with 16 years experience and expertise in organizing, directing and launching solutions to catalyze strong community development and... Read More →
avatar for Anika Horn

Anika Horn

Chief Social Venturer, Social Venturers
Anika Horn is an ecosystem builder for social change. With a Masters of Science in Sustainability and her experiences in startup acceleration across Europe, Australia, the U.S. and now Canada, she helps purpose-driven entrepreneurs launch, manage and grow socially responsible bus... Read More →
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Eric Parker

President and Founder, theClubhou.se
Eric R. Parker, AIA, Founder & President of theClubhou.se, and co-founder of Make Startups, bring years of experience in innovation, architecture, design, community strategy, marketing, and public relations together to help communities and individuals build economic independence... Read More →
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Marie Schacht

Provost, altMBA
Marie leads Seth Godin's altMBA, The Bootstrapper's Workshop and The Marketing Seminar. She believes in a culture of possibility, responsibility and creativity.Marie loves design and making things better. Prior to her work with Seth, she was the director of Hopscotch Design Festival... Read More →


11:00am EDT

Co-Creating an Ecosystem: University-Community Partnerships
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Moderators
avatar for Sean Carr, Ph.D.

Sean Carr, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, University of Virginia, Darden School of Business
Sean D. Carr, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of the Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and an Assistant Professor of Business Administration at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. Professor Carr provides administrative leadership for an endowed... Read More →

Speakers
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Elizabeth Cromwell

President & CEO, Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce
Elizabeth Cromwell recently became the President & CEO of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce following her introduction to Cville at Tom Tom Fest 2018. She brings more than 30 years of experience in marketing, corporate sponsorship, event management and public/private... Read More →
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Roger Johnson

Economic Development Director, Albemarle County
Director of Economic Development. He’s been with Albemarle County for just over a year, but working in concert with universities for a couple decades whilst employed in both local government, as well as, the private sector. He graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelors... Read More →
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Adam Klein

Director of Strategy, Capitol Broadcasting + American Underground
Adam Klein is Director of Strategy for Capitol Broadcasting Company--a diversified communications company which owns and operates businesses in television, radio, commercial real estate, technology entrepreneurship, and residential building supplies. His work is focused on the intersection... Read More →

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Friday April 12, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am EDT
Violet Crown: Theater 5 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

11:00am EDT

How to Spot Entrepreneurship in Your Ecosystem with Entrepreneur Magazine’s Jason Feifer
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Speakers
avatar for Jason Feifer

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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Friday April 12, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am EDT
Violet Crown: Theater 4 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

11:00am EDT

Rural Rise Spotlight: Emerging Opportunities in Rural Communities
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Moderators
avatar for David Hirsch

David Hirsch

Community Development, CO.STARTERS
David Hirsch works in community development at CO.STARTERS. The son of a serial entrepreneur, he has stumbled his way into supporting entrepreneurs through interconnected networks. A firm believer that strong relationships provide the best support, he founded HAVEN to create sustainable... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Tiffany Henry

Tiffany Henry

Program Officer, Winthrop Rockefeller Institute
Tiffany Henry is a Program Officer at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute in Morrilton, Arkansas where she coordinates Uncommon Communities, a community and leadership development program that empowers citizens to make their own positive change through entrepreneurial ecosystem building... Read More →
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Tina Metzer

Vice President, National Center for Resource Development
Tina Metzer, Vice President, National Center For Resource Development (NCRD).  NCRD was founded on the principle of collaboration and community. Tina is a native West Virginian and has worked in the nonprofit community as a career and volunteer for most of her life as well as being... Read More →
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Jennifer Simon

Executive Director for Regional Innovation, Ohio University
Jennifer Simon became the Executive Director of Regional Innovation at Ohio University (OHIO) in 2016 to build the LIGHTS Regional Innovation Network. Ms. Simon manages a network of ten place-based makerspaces and incubators in a three-state region. Previously, she directed OHIO’s... Read More →

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Friday April 12, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am EDT
Violet Crown: Theater 3 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

11:00am EDT

Accelerator Company Showcase, presented by CIT
This one-of-a-kind “mega demo day” features select companies from the region’s top accelerator programs. No long pitches or PowerPoints, just a short and oh-so-sweet intro to companies developing innovative solutions to complex problems in security, life sciences, smart-city technologies and within the enterprise.

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Moderators
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Marco Rubin

Senior Investment Director, CIT
Marco is responsible for sourcing, diligence and closing of seed and early stage investments on behalf of the CIT GAP Funds. He serves on the board of numerous portfolio companies and leads seed/early stage investment in aerospace/UAS, energy, and software sectors. Marco has held... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Rick Gordon

Rick Gordon

Director, Inova Personalized Health Accelerator
Rick Gordon is an expert on technology investing, business strategy and early-stage venture development. He is a proven leader with more than 25 years experience in providing organizations with strategic growth. Rick serves as a Director at Inova Health System's Personalized Health... Read More →
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Evans McMillion

Executive Director, 757 Accelerate
Evans is passionate about solving problems through innovation and collaboration. As an attorney, she helped growing businesses rethink their options and knock down the hurdles in their path towards growth. Most of Evans’ opportunities materialized because she was willing to say... Read More →
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David Touve

Senior Director, iLab, University of Virginia
David oversees and supports the people, programs and resources of the i.Lab, while working to develop new initiatives, connections and opportunities. Prior to university life, David held founding, executive or advisory roles in a series of both bootstrapped and venture-backed startups... Read More →

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12:00pm EDT

Entrepreneurial Ecosystems Conference: Networking Lunch
Networking Lunch for the Entrepreneurial Ecosystems Conference Guests, Speakers, and Exhibitors

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12:45pm EDT

The Beloved Organization and The Future of Work
Join HopStop Founder Chinedu Echeruo and design pioneer Pamela Abalu as they call us to action, love as the future of work. The Love & Magic Company, has reimagined the concept of “work” with its Beloved Organization Model, a fresh and timely playbook on how to build purposeful, agile, and conscious organizations in service of human growth. Join us for music, conversations and reflection with a dreamer and a builder as they focus on the theme of technology as a coordinating aspect of love.


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Speakers
avatar for Pamela Abalu

Pamela Abalu

Cofounder, Love and Magic Company
Pamela Abalu, co-founder of The Love and Magic Company, pioneers human-centered design practices that infuse consciousness, energy flow, and inclusivity into global workplace transformations.A Crain’s 40 Under 40 honoree, Pamela Abalu is inventing the future of workplace design... Read More →
avatar for Chinedu Echeruo

Chinedu Echeruo

Cofounder, Love and Magic Company
Chinedu Echeruo is a serial entrepreneur who has dared to invent the future: In 2005, he founded HopStop, the pioneering travel app that helped millions of users navigate public transportation in major metropolitan areas around the world. Apple acquired HopStop in 2013 and subsequently... Read More →
avatar for Andrei Matorin

Andrei Matorin

Violinist, AndreiMatorin.com
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Andrei Matorin spent his early years studying violin and theory in Italy, Switzerland, and the United States. Since he began performing professionally at the age of 15 he has had the pleasure of collaborating with a diverse list of some of music’s... Read More →

Sponsors
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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 →


12:45pm EDT

Nation of 100 Austins: How Can Your City Become the Next Hot Metro?
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Moderators
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Michael Lenox

Senior Associate Dean and Chief Strategy Officer, University of Virginia, Darden School of Business
Professor Lenox is the Tayloe Murphy Professor of Business at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business where he teaches business strategy. Professor Lenox serves as the school’s Senior Associate Dean and Chief Strategy Office, and has served as a tenured professor... Read More →

Speakers
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Mick Cornett

Former Mayor, Oklahoma City
Mick Cornett was Oklahoma City's longest-serving mayor from 2004 to 2018, and served as the President of the US Conference of Mayors from 2016-2017.His list of awards includes nods for urban design, health, sports and the arts. Newsweek called him one of the five most innovative mayors... Read More →
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Jayson White

Author / Researcher, The Next American City / CITEE Initiative
Jayson White is a researcher at UVA's Darden School of Business and co-author of Penguin Random House's new release The Next American City with Former OKC Mayor Mick Cornett. Mr. White has worked in urban affairs and innovation for the past decade, leading the Urban Policy Advisory... Read More →

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Friday April 12, 2019 12:45pm - 2:00pm EDT
Violet Crown: Theater 5 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

1:15pm EDT

The Future of Healthcare Innovation: The Intersection of Life Science, Data, and Technology
Biotechnology as a definition is broad and becoming broader with the merge of high tech software and computer science and solving real problems in healthcare. Join us for the panel discussion to hear from 3 cutting edge companies working with strong missions rooted in drug discovery, medical devices and clinical trails with a core of software and computational approach to problem solving.

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Moderators
avatar for Denise Hubbard

Denise Hubbard

Program Director, Office of Economic Development, University of Virginia
Denise Hubbard serves as the Program Director for the Office of Economic Development at the University of Virginia. In this role Denise identifies opportunities, convenes conversations and manages programs in support of the University’s efforts to spur economic development in the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Steve Hoang

Steve Hoang

Head of Computational Biology, HemoShear Therapeutics
Steve Hoang, PhD is the Head of Computational Biology at HemoShear Therapeutics. He completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Virginia, where he studied genomics and systems biology. He has spent the last ten years modeling biological networks and developing... Read More →
avatar for Chad Rogers

Chad Rogers

CEO, TypeZero/Dexcom
Chad Rogers is a serial entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience in medical device technology, early stage startup management, and venture capital. Chad founded TypeZero Technologies, Inc. in 2013 and has led seven successful startups throughout the course of his career... Read More →
avatar for Joel Selzer

Joel Selzer

CEO, ArcheMedX
Joel is a digital innovation leader who has spent the past 15 years improving access to information and data across the healthcare industry as an entrepreneur, board member, and advisor. He co-founded and currently leads ArcheMedX, which applies behavioral science to transform learning... Read More →

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2:00pm EDT

Connecting Virginia’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem, presented by CIT
Virginia is committed to expanding support for entrepreneurs and research commercialization - with a focus on regional diversity. Deputy Secretary of Commerce & Trade, Robby Demeria, will lead an effort for Gov. Northam to consolidate and maximize the benefits of existing programs and recommend new ones. This session will be the first in a series of town hall meetings across the Commonwealth to gather information and recommendations for this important process.

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Speakers
avatar for Ed Albrigo

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 →
avatar for Robby Demeria

Robby Demeria

Deputy Secretary of Commerce & Trade for Technology, Office of the Governor
Robby Demeria was appointed Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Trade for Technology on July 2, 2018. In this new role created following the reorganization of the state’s technology office, Demeria works closely with the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Investment Authority and guides... Read More →

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2:30pm EDT

Do No Harm: Building Health Tech Companies to Help People
Mylea Charvat, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, translational neuroscientist, and the CEO and founder of the digital cognitive assessment company, Savonix. Dr. Charvat founded Savonix in 2015 to address a critical challenge in the healthcare world: how do we assess the mental health, specifically the cognitive and emotional function, of patients on a large scale despite limited dollars and insufficient numbers of trained specialists? 

A trained clinical psychologist with a neuro specialty, Dr. Charvat is a recognized thought leader in her field. She completed her fellowship in clinical neuroscience at Stanford School of Medicine and has been a lecturer at Stanford, the University of San Francisco and San Francisco State University. She has authored several peer-reviewed articles published in well-respected mental health and neuro-imaging journals. She is a frequent guest author for the Huffington Post, has written for Tech Crunch and has appeared as a subject matter expert at multiple conference and events including with The Atlantic Council, Hyper Wellbeing, and The CA State Forensic Medical Association. 

Hear her founding story and what it takes to stay grounded while running a biotech company.


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Speakers
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Mylea Charvat

CEO, Savonix
Dr. Mylea Charvat, a clinical psychologist and translational neuroscientist founded Savonix to address a critical challenge in the health care world – how do we assess the cognitive function of patients on a large scale despite limited dollars and insufficient numbers of specialists.Mylea... Read More →

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2:30pm EDT

Kauffman Spotlight: Building Community-wide Buy-in and Advocacy
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Moderators
avatar for Cecilia Wessinger

Cecilia Wessinger

ESHIP Community Activator/Ecosystem Builder, Mass Collaboration
Cecilia Wessinger is an entrepreneurial ecosystem builder and ESHIP Community Manager with the Kauffman Foundation. Her current role unites her dedication to empowerment, engagement, and creating a sense of belonging, with her love of community culture.  Her entrepreneurship path... Read More →

Speakers
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Tom Chapman

Managing Principal, Chapman and Company
Tom Chapman is a practitioner expert on entrepreneurial ecosystems and measuring their impact.  As a member of the Board and the leader of the metrics efforts, Tom has worked with the Startup Champions Network to build practical, scalable community metrics around entrepreneurial... Read More →
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Anika Horn

Chief Social Venturer, Social Venturers
Anika Horn is an ecosystem builder for social change. With a Masters of Science in Sustainability and her experiences in startup acceleration across Europe, Australia, the U.S. and now Canada, she helps purpose-driven entrepreneurs launch, manage and grow socially responsible bus... Read More →
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Kim Lane

CEO, Conductor
Kim Lane strives to reduce barriers to entry for entrepreneurs, makers and innovators. She serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Conductor (www.ARConductor.org), an initiative that provides entrepreneurial support through consulting, mentorship, access to capital, and maker... Read More →

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2:30pm EDT

Opportunity Zones: What You Need to Know for Maximum Impact
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Moderators
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Matt Illian

Executive Director, Virginia Impact Investing Forum
Matt Illian, CFP® serves as a champion of Virginia's impact investing ecosystem. He works to convene, educate, and empower philanthropic and civically minded people who have a desire to invest capital in ways that place attention on both financial and social returns. Matt serves... Read More →

Speakers
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Bo Kemp

Senior Director, Faegre Baker Daniels
Bo Kemp partners with a national network of advisors, advocates, government and business leaders to help drive growth, tackle major initiatives and boost efficiency in municipalities. Highly experienced in the structuring and execution of public-private partnerships, Bo has a reputation... Read More →
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Jeanne Milliken Bonds

Senior Manager, Regional Community Development, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
Jeanne Milliken Bonds is the Senior Manager, Regional Community Development for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. In her role, she provides leadership for strategic stakeholder collaboration and community-level solutions, focusing on low- and moderate- income and underserved communities... Read More →
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Erik Johnston

Director, The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development
Erik Johnston serves as Director of the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). Governor Ralph Northam appointed him on January 15, 2018. Erik is responsible for management and oversight of the agency, which provides community development, economic development... Read More →
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Maegan Moore

Research and Communications, Blueprint Local
Maegan leads research and communications for Blueprint Local. She recently completed her MBA at the University of Oxford Saïd Business School, specializing in social entrepreneurship and innovation. Prior to Oxford, Maegan lived in Charlottesville where she worked for the University... Read More →
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Sean Washington

Senior Business Development Manager, City of Norfolk
Sean Washington is a results-oriented business professional who excels in attracting, retaining, deepening and developing business relationships in the Hampton Roads community. As a senior business development manager for the City of Norfolk, Sean helps bridge the gap between Norfolk... Read More →

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2:30pm EDT

Rural Rise Spotlight: Flash Talks
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Moderators
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Enoch Elwell

Founder, CO.STARTERS
I'm here to help connect local and regional leaders from around the country who want to build more collaborative support systems for each other... I've got a particular love for finding sustainable business models for the communities we serve. Let me know how I can be helpful!

Speakers
avatar for Matt Dunne

Matt Dunne

Founder & Executive Director, Center on Rural Innovation
Matt Dunne is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center on Rural Innovation, a non-profit "action-tank" dedicated to fostering digital economies in rural America through research, thought leadership, and on-the-ground programming. Previously, Matt served 11 years in the Vermont... Read More →
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Imagene Harris

Director of Strategic Partnerships & Impact Investment, NetWork Kansas
Imagene is the Director of Strategic Partnerships and Impact Investment at NetWork Kansas. She oversees the organization's statewide funding programs, including three loan funds and a venture fund. Imagene joined joined NetWork Kansas in December 2013 after working in compliance for... Read More →
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Joseph Kapp

President, National Center for Resource Development
Mr. Kapp is a serial entrepreneur, having started and sold his first business in college. He has subsequently started several for-profit and not-for-profit ventures. For the last 6 years, Kapp has been working in Appalachia to help drive entrepreneurial activities from Ohio to Kentucky... Read More →
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Brian Watson

Co-Founder, Proximity
Brian Watson is an entrepreneur, connector, and community developer. Brian has been starting and running businesses since he was 17 and believes that entrepreneurship is the greatest tool we have to positively impact our communities. His startup, Proximity, strives to help connect... Read More →

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Friday April 12, 2019 2:30pm - 3:15pm EDT
Violet Crown: Theater 2

3:30pm EDT

Building Virginia’s Tech-Talent Pipeline
Moderators
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Jessica Sabbath

Managing Editor, Virginia Business
Jessica Sabbath is the managing editor of Virginia Business, a statewide magazine covering the industries, businesses and people influencing Virginia's economy. Sabbath joined the magazine in 2006 as special projects editor. Her work has received several awards from the Alliance of... Read More →

Speakers
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Archie Holmes

Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, University of Virginia
Archie Holmes is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Virginia and currently serves as the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. He received his B.S. (highest honors) from the University of Texas at Austin and his M.S. and PhD. degrees from the University... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Marks

Michelle Marks

Vice President for Academic Innovation and New Ventures, George Mason University
Dr. Michelle Marks is the Vice President for Academic Innovation & New Ventures at George Mason University. In this capacity she is responsible for identifying, launching, and sustaining educational initiatives that fulfill Mason’s strategic plan and generate financial resources... Read More →
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Stephen Moret

President and CEO, Virginia Economic Development Partnership
Before joining VEDP in January 2017, Moret served as chief executive of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber and Louisiana Economic Development, as well as the LSU Foundation and its real-estate development arm.At VEDP, he has collaborated with state, regional, and local partners to craft... Read More →
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Julia Ross

Dean of Engineering, Virginia Tech
Julia Ross, the Paul and Dorothea Torgersen Dean of Engineering, leads the largest, most comprehensive engineering program in Virginia. She began her tenure as dean of Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering on July 31, 2017 and holds tenured appointments in chemical engineering... Read More →

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3:30pm EDT

Business and Historic Building Restoration in Urban Appalachia
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Speakers
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Tighe Bullock

President/Managing Member, Bullock Properties, LLC
Tighe Bullock is a (re)developer and lawyer who has spent the last 15 years restoring historic buildings and providing mixed use space for local businesses and tenants. Mr. Bullock has helped create over 70 permanent jobs through +15 businesses while restoring  10 historic buildings... Read More →
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Ric Cavender

Executive Director, Charleston Main Streets
Ric is the Executive Director of Charleston Main Streets, the city’s community & economic development agency focused on the East End and West Side Urban business districts. Since the programs' inceptions, the districts have experienced public and private investments totaling over... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 3:30pm - 4:15pm EDT
Violet Crown: Theater 2

3:30pm EDT

Funding in the Golden Age of Biotech
Biotech industry experienced a record-breaking year in 2018 with 60 IPOs and and significant private capital investment in startups. What is causing VCs to be so bullish on biotech and what does it take to adequately fund a biotech venture? Hear insights from the source of 2 VCs paying close attention to the biotech space in this enlightening conversation and audience Q+A.


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Moderators
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Carleen Bowers

Venture Associate, UVA LVG Seed Fund
Carleen joined the University of Virginia’s Seed Fund in 2018 as a Venture Associate, and is responsible for identifying and evaluating early stage venture investment opportunities emerging from the University. She also works to support the growth of the Fund’s five portfolio... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jill Carroll

Jill Carroll

Principal, SR One
Jill joined SR One in 2011 with a background in biotech partnering and corporate development. Previously, she completed multiple pharma partnerships and substantial private and public financings at Dynavax Technologies (NASDAQ: DVAX). Jill was formerly a biopharmaceutical industry... Read More →
avatar for Jason Fuller

Jason Fuller

Principal, New Enterprise Associates
Jason joined NEA as a Principal in 2014 and focuses on investments in biopharmaceuticals. Prior to joining NEA, Jason was a Principal with Third Rock Ventures were he contributed to the creation and management of several companies, including NinePoint Medical, Kala Pharmaceuticals... Read More →

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3:30pm EDT

Kauffman Spotlight: Diversity & Opportunity in Your Ecosystem
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Moderators
avatar for Elizabeth Freeman

Elizabeth Freeman

Entrepreneurship Consultant, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Elizabeth Freeman is a consultant in Entrepreneurship for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where she project manages the Inclusion Open, a funding program which seeks to expand the most effective and scalable entrepreneurial support models across the United States. Prior to joining... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Felecia Hatcher-Pearson

Felecia Hatcher-Pearson

Co-Founder of Tribe Co-Work & Urban Innovation Lab +Blacktech Week, Code Fever Miami
Felecia Hatcher is on a mission to rid communities across the globe of innovation deserts by working with community leaders and government officials to create inclusive and diverse tech/startup ecosystems as an Author and the Co-Founder of Tribe Cowork and Urban Innovation Lab, Code... Read More →
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Fay Horwitt

Vice President of Community Innovation, Forward Cities
Fay Horwitt leads the development and scale-up of Forward Cities’ community entrepreneurship programs, as well as the ESHIP Communities program in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation. As an accomplished ecosystem builder and inclusive entrepreneurship expert, Fay is innovating... Read More →
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John McElligott

Chief Executive Officer, York Exponential
John McElligott is founder and Chief Executive Officer of York Exponential, a collaborative robotics and artificial intelligence company located in York, Pennsylvania. He is also president of the Fortress Initiative, a non-profit organization focused on ensuring no one gets left behind... Read More →
avatar for Cecilia Wessinger

Cecilia Wessinger

ESHIP Community Activator/Ecosystem Builder, Mass Collaboration
Cecilia Wessinger is an entrepreneurial ecosystem builder and ESHIP Community Manager with the Kauffman Foundation. Her current role unites her dedication to empowerment, engagement, and creating a sense of belonging, with her love of community culture.  Her entrepreneurship path... Read More →

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5:00pm EDT

Entrepreneurial Ecosystems Conference: Networking Happy Hour
First Drink on Us!
Networking Happy Hour for the Entrepreneurial Ecosystems Conference Guests, Speakers, and Exhibitors at the Entrepreneurial Ecosystems Lounge at our Block Party in Market Street Park.

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Friday April 12, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Market Street Park 101 E Market St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA
 


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