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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: Founding While Female Now Open

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Founders Luncheon: Founding While Female


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A practical, candid and supportive conversation about challenges for women in entrepreneurship, with strategies for current entrepreneurs and ecosystem allies on how to overcome barriers. 

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Heather Metcalf

Director of Research and Analysis, Association for Women in Science
Heather Metcalf, PhD is Director of Research and Analysis at the Association for Women in Science. She is also Director of AWIS' STEM to Market program, an inclusive STEM entrepreneurship and investing program funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. She has undergraduate degrees... Read More →

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Renee Diresta

Data for Democracy, Head of Policy
DiResta is a founding advisor to the Center for Humane Technology, Head of Policy at Data for Democracy, and an advocate for vaccination in California. She is a cofounder of Haven, a private marketplace for booking ocean freight shipments. Previously, Renee was a principal at seed-stage... Read More →
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Alice Handy

Founder, Investure
Alice Handy founded Investure in December 2003 where she currently serves as Managing Member. Investure serves as the investment office to non-profits where building a high-quality investment staff in-house is not economical or preferable. Investure provides a comprehensive, full-service... Read More →
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Shan-Lyn Ma

Founder, Zola
Shan-Lyn Ma is CEO and Co-Founder of Zola, the wedding company reinventing the wedding planning and registry experience by combining compassionate customer service with modern tools and technology.

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1 Million Cups

1 Million Cups (1MC) is a simple way to engage entrepreneurs in communities around the world. Each week, the 1MC program offers two local entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their startups to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors and entrepreneurs.
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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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Kauffman FastTrac® equips aspiring entrepreneurs with the business skills and insights, tools, resources, and peer networks necessary to start and grow successful businesses.

Friday April 13, 2018 12:00pm - 1:40pm EDT
Red Pump Kitchen
  Entrepreneurship & Investment, Ticketed