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THE BIG FESTIVAL ABOUT SMALL CITIES
Tom Tom champions civic innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship in America’s hometowns.

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Larkin Garbee

Startup Champions Network
Interim Executive Director
Richmond, VA
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 and entrepreneurship.

In 2011, Larkin founded 804RVA, Richmond, VA’s first technology-focused coworking space. In 2012, she joined Startup America and accelerated Richmond’s entrepreneurial ecosystem by launching Lighthouse Labs, Startup Virginia, RVA Makerfest, and a pre-accelerator at Virginia Commonwealth University. She brought national programs to Richmond, including Unreasonable Labs, CoStarters, and Startup Weekend and hosted over 900 technology events in the Richmond region. Most recently, she partnered with Girls for A Change to develop a framework for a digital skills training and apprenticeship program and with Lantera Labs to launch a series of coding bootcamps.

Larkin has spoken at the White House about connecting the Commonwealth of Virginia’s entrepreneurial hubs to form a thriving statewide ecosystem. She was recognized by Style Weekly’s Top 40 Under 40, and was awarded by the Center for Innovative Technology as a GAP 50 designee across the state of Virginia. She is a serial entrepreneur who is dedicated to supporting and building diverse and inclusive ecosystems.


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