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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 • 10:30am - 11:40am
A Better Startup Ecosystem for Student Founders Now Open

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What mentorship, money, and community resources are needed to create and empower student entrepreneurs? In this interactive design session we'll craft the ideal entrepreneurial ecosystem for young founders. Participants include competitors in Tom Tom’s inaugural Innovator’s Cup, the best and brightest student entrepreneurs from Virginia universities. The session is designed and led by HackCville, a non-profit entrepreneurial talent accelerator in Charlottesville, VA.

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Laura Brogdon-Primavera

Manager, UNCW CIE
Entrepreneur ecosystems, community engagement, applied learning, event management

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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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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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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.

Friday April 13, 2018 10:30am - 11:40am EDT
Old Metropolitan Hall
  Entrepreneurship & Investment, Summit