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Social Entrepreneurship Pitch Night

  • Garrett Hall - Great Hall 235 McCormick Road Charlottesville, VA, 22903 United States (map)

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.

Matt Illian, Managing Director, VIIF

Matt is an investment manager, blogger, community development organizer, and nature-loving father of four. After a 15-year career as a wealth manager, he recently founded an investment management company (VestedIn) which brings together his interest in finance and the well-being of local communities. Matt is a Trustee at the Richmond Memorial Health Foundation where he serves as Vice-Chair on the investment committee. He is a Certified Financial Planner and he received his bachelors of arts and science from the University of Virginia where he double-majored in Economics and Government all while building up his delayed gratification muscles as a distance runner on the Track and Cross Country team. He is the father of three boys and a baby girl who joined the family in March and the whole family prefers pedal power transport.'

Adam Healey, Internet Entrepreneur

Currently Adam is the Managing Partner of Smart Cookie LLC, a holding company to pursue investments in online ventures. Previously, he was the co-founder & CEO of Borrowed & Blue, a web site serving the wedding industry, based in Charlottesville, Virginia. Borrowed & Blue was founded in 2011 and sold to Zola in 2017. Before that, Healey was the co-founder & CEO of hotelicopter, a hotel meta-search engine that he sold in 2011 to Room Key, a consortium of the six largest hotel chains in the world. The hotel search engine hotelicopter was featured by The Washington Post, Forbes, MSNBC. com, and USA Today. He launched his first web startup, Samba Digital Media, in Prague in 1999 at the age of 24, where he helped build the company into one of the largest e-services firms in Central Europe. Healey is also a lecturer in Entrepreneurship at the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, and serves on the board of the local startup hub HackCville.