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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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Thursday, April 12 • 2:00pm - 3:10pm
KEYNOTE: Fighting Inequality with Finance Now Open

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Income volatility, debt, and inadequate financial products prevent millions of Americans from starting and owning businesses. Learn how a new generation of financial institutions is leveling the playing field and unleashing a new generation of entrepreneurs.

Moderators
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Greg Fairchild

Professor, UVA Darden School of Business
Gregory Fairchild is the Isidore Horween Research Professor of Business Administration at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business and Associate Dean for Washington, D.C. Area Initiatives and Academic Director of Public Policy and Entrepreneurship. Fairchild serves as... Read More →

Speakers
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Ross Baird

President, Village Capital
Ross Baird is an entrepreneur and investor best known for finding, developing, and investing in entrepreneurs in places and industries where most people aren’t looking. He founded Village Capital in 2009 and has worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs in over fifty countries since... Read More →
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Peter Jackson

Portfolio Director, IDEO
Peter Jackson is a portfolio director at IDEO San Francisco, where he is focused on the intersection of consumer experience and organizational design. Prior to joining IDEO, Peter served as senior counselor to now U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren and as the first Assistant Director for... Read More →
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Jerry Nemorin

Founder & CEO, LendStreet
Jerry is responsible for developing the strategic direction and overseeing the operations of LendStreet. Prior to founding LendStreet, Jerry worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in its Global Corporate & Investing Banking division, helping major companies restructure their debt... Read More →

Sponsors
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Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Ewing Kauffman’s most enduring legacy to his community and the world is the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. He established the Foundation with the same sense of opportunity he brought to his business endeavors, and, with the same convictions. Kauffman wanted his foundation to... Read More →




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