U.Va. Hosts Kickoff to Startup Virginia Tour

Aneesh Chopra, former U.S. Chief Technology Officer, addresses the audience at the Startup Virginia kickoff event

On Monday, the University teamed up with Charlottesville business leaders and the Startup America Partnership to kick off Startup Virginia’s six-stop tour around the state. The event featured remarks from former U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra, U.Va. Vice President for Research Tom Skalak, U.Va. Innovation’s Mark Crowell and Donna Harris, managing director of Startup Regions for the Startup America Partnership.

In addition to the featured speakers and panel of local entrepreneurs, the event also featured student business concept presentations from the two of the top teams from the U.Va. Entrepreneurship Cup: winner “PhageFlag” and honorable mention “Virginia Toastie.”

In her address, Harris stated that Startup America has “amassed literally billions of dollars of resources, for you, for free,” and that entrepreneurs should not be discouraged by the challenge of finding startup capital and investors.

Startup Virginia was founded by the Startup America Partnership in early 2012 to promote startup ventures across Virginia and connect entrepreneurs with the resources they need to succeed. The remaining stops along the statewide tour include Blacksburg, Roanoke, Richmond, Norfolk, and Arlington.

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