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The Seventh Annual Tom Tom Founders Festival is a week-long celebration of innovators, visionaries, and artists who are shaping small cities. The Festival occurs at dozens of venues throughout downtown Charlottesville. 

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Friday, April 13 • 12:00pm - 1:40pm
Founders Luncheon: Reasons to Stay - Cities for Young Founders Now Open

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Founders Luncheon: Cities that Work for Young Founders.


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What can small cities do to retain young entrepreneurs? How do recent grads evaluate their opportunities in large metros versus staying put? Current and former student entrepreneurs will present what would make the ideal entrepreneurial ecosystem for young founders. 

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Daniel Willson

COO, HackCville
Daniel is the COO at HackCville, a hub for top U.Va. students pursuing entrepreneurial careers. He also is program director for HackCville's Elliewood Fellowship, a one-year program to enable top graduates to stay and start impactful ventures in Charlottesville. He was part of the... Read More →

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Steve Huffman

CEO & Cofounder, Reddit
Steve Huffman is the co-founder and CEO of Reddit, the "front page of the internet" and fourth most visited site in the U.S. He is also the co-founder and former CEO of Hipmunk, the popular online travel company. Raised in northern Virginia, Huffman pursued his passion for programming... Read More →

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Capital One

Capital One is a diversified bank that offers a broad array of financial products and service to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. 
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Chamber Frederick

The Frederick County Chamber of Commerce is an association of businesses organized to ensure the economic and social vitality of Frederick County. We connect businesses and community through leadership, advocacy, and education.
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Eric Martin

Director, Galant Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of Virginia
Eric Martin’s twenty-five-year career includes successful operating experience as a Chief Executive (Software, Consumer Products & Services, Professional Services), Strategist (Global Consultancy Partner), Entrepreneur, Change Agent (Business Transformation, Turnarounds, and Start-Ups... Read More →
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Hack Cville

HackCville is a platform for experiential education and career development.HackCville trains students in high-demand skills and an entrepreneurial mindset. We accelerate our students’ ideas, projects, and startups through our experiential programs and tight-knit community.
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The City of Charlottesville Office of Economic Development

The Office of Economic Development is the catalyst for public and private initiatives that create employment opportunities and a vibrant and sustainable economy.

Friday April 13, 2018 12:00pm - 1:40pm EDT
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