Past Events with SE@UVA
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.
We are pleased to have the following guest judges joining us to evaluate the best student social enterprise pitches of the competition:
Cheis Garrus, Managing Director, MRC Capital Advisors
For more than 20 years Mr. Garrus has provided advice and analysis for investments, mergers and acquisitions, corporate strategy, business development and management. In his career, Mr. Garrus has served as Director, International Housing Solutions and Equities Analyst, Strategic African Securities (Ghana), and held positions in private equity and business development.
Diane Miller, Blue Moon Fund and Blue Morning
Diane Miller previously was President and CEO of the W. Alton Jones Foundation, and has served on a variety of non-profit boards, including Planned Parenthood of Virginia, the Childrens’ Discovery Museum, the Architectural Review Board of Albemarle County, Building Goodness Foundation, Urban Vision, Tandem Friends School, and the Global Environmental Institute.
York Eggleston, Founder & Managing Partner, YE Ventures
After gaining invaluable experience and honing his skills at leading advisory and principal investment firms such as Booz Allen & Hamilton, Salomon Brothers and Schroeder Ventures, Mr. Eggleston spent the last 20 years creating, developing and commercializing intellectual property.
Dahna Goldstein, a Bretton Woods II fellow at New America, is a social entrepreneur and advisor to social impact organizations. Goldstein was the founder and CEO of PhilanTech, a B Corp created to help nonprofits achieve greater social impact, which was acquired by Altum in 2014. Goldstein currently teaches technology entrepreneurship at Georgetown University. Join us to learn how to ask the right questions and do the right market research before deciding to start a new company or organization, and hear from someone who’s been there. You may be surprised to hear some reasons why your great idea should not become a new organization, but should lead you to partner and innovate with an existing one instead.
Learn to transform your spark of a good idea into a complete concept, and pitch it effectively to potential supporters; and gain insights into the emerging food innovation space within social entrepreneurship. Great Hall, main floor of Garrett Hall, 5-6 pm; food will be provided.
The following UVA student and alumni social ventures will be showcasing their work, prototypes, and products:
- InMEDBio with Phoenix Aid (https://www.inmed.bio/)
- Babylon Micro-Farms (https://www.babylonmicrofarms.com/)
- ReInventED Lab (http://www.reinventedlab.org/)
- Totem (https://totemfgf.com/)
- Exemplum Studios with Impossible Courage (https://www.impossiblecourage.com/)
- In This Together Media (http://inthistogethermedia.com/)
This event is by invitation only.
Come hang out with the Entrepreneurship Community on Thursday afternoon! There will be a variety of entrepreneurship CIOs at the picnic tables outside of OHill for you to learn more about the diverse entrepreneurship community at UVA. We will have food, music and games so come stop by!