Entrepreneurship Cup: Social Entrepreneurship Track
Join us as ten UVA student social entrepreneurs pitch their concepts to make the world a better place!
5.00-6.45 pm Student Pitches and Q&A
6.45-7.30 pm Dinner; Judges Deliberate
7.30-8.00 pm Winners Announced
The purpose of the Concept stage of the competition is to surface and seed ideas from all parts of the university at every stage of development. Students are encouraged to come up with out-of-the-box ideas that could be translated into compelling projects. Submissions are not expected to be a full business plan, and will not be penalized for not having a working prototype, fully developed team, forecast, revenues, etc. $25,000 in total prize money will be awarded as part of the Concept Stage.
This event is open to the public, and refreshments will be served.
Here are this year’s esteemed guest judges:
Rebecca Haydock, Managing Director, Blue Morning
Rebecca (Schmidt) Haydock is a multi-time entrepreneur, investor and business advisor. Starting her first business at age 16, she has owned companies from service to biotech and has mentored and assisted hundreds of companies through business planning, strategy, strategic alliances, licensing, financing and government contracting. She is currently Managing Director of Portfolio & Partnerships with Blue Morning and an investor and member of the screening committee for Charlottesville Angel Network.
Edward Gerardo, Bon Secours Health Systems
Edward is a former Director for Community Commitment and Social Investments for the Bon Secours Health System, an organization he was with for 27 years. For over a decade Edward led the health system’s efforts to bring about healthy communities in vulnerable neighborhoods, leading the Community Investments Program, which placed $34 million thought financial intermediaries to support housing, economic development and support structures in communities served by Bon Secours Health System. Edward has a bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia and two master’s degrees: one in Religious Education from Boston College and the second in Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. Edward has served on the boards of a number of non-profits and continues to be involved with Church efforts to improve education, health and economic conditions for the people of Haiti.
Emily Morrison, The Front Porch
Emily is a lifelong educator. Hailing from Ferrum, Virginia, she grew up in a family of musicians and educators in a region steeped in traditional music. She’s worn lots of hats since moving to Charlottesville to teach high school English in 2000, including founding and operating a summer day camp for children and directing a performing arts program at a Montessori school. Emily’s passion is helping others express their innate creativity. From that spark, came The Front Porch. Established in 2015, The Front Porch is a roots music school dedicated to the education and promotion of traditional cultural art forms, fostering creativity, cultural exchange, and community wide learning. Emily has a bachelor’s degree in English and master’s degree in Education from The College of William and Mary.