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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


Founders Luncheon: Founding While Female
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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
Red Pump Kitchen 108 3rd St NE


Founders Luncheon: Reasons to Stay - Cities for Young Founders
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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
Zocalo 201 E. Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902


Founders Luncheon: STEAM Ahead: Inclusive Innovation
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Founders Luncheon: STEAM Ahead: Inclusive Innovation


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White House Champion of Change Knatokie Ford and former NASA astronaut and Dallas Cowboy Leland Melvin share what they’ve learned about inspiring and empowering the next generation of women and people of color to pursue careers in engineering, design, tech, math, and the sciences.

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Natalie Brzezinski

CEO, Brilliant Minds Foundation and Symposium Stockholm
As the CEO of Symposium Stockholm and the Brilliant Minds Foundation, a two-day thought leadership-summit in Stockholm founded by Spotify founder Daniel Ek , and a 365-day-year-round movement, Brzezinski curates a global community of creative entrepreneurs who want to make change... Read More →

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Knatokie Ford

Founder & CEO, Fly Sci Enterprise
Dr. Knatokie Ford is Founder and CEO of Fly Sci Enterprise, an education and media consulting organization focused on leveraging the power of storytelling to promote social change, particularly in STEM fields. She recently completed service in the Obama Administration as a Senior... Read More →
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Leland Melvin

Astronaut, Leland Melvin LLC
From playing for the Dallas Cowboys to exploring outer space, Mr. Melvin’s story of perseverance and passion has inspired the next generation of explorers to pursue STEAM careers.

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Lynchburg Economic Development Authority

What’s the secret behind prosperity for Lynchburg? Our diverse and dynamic community.Our community boasts a vibrant economy, nationally-ranked public schools and five colleges situated in historic and affordable neighborhoods, a world-class health care system, funky shops and fine... Read More →
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Virginia National Bank

VIRGINIA NATIONAL BANK OPENED IN CHARLOTTESVILLE ON JULY 29, 1998 WITH MORE THAN 900 LOCAL SHAREHOLDERS.From the beginning, our mission has been to provide great personal service, local access to decision makers, fast response, and continuity in your relationship.  As a true community... Read More →


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