c-e2 is a casual, caffeine-fueled gathering of learning for entrepreneurs at all stages of venture creation. The schedule will include networking over coffee, a pitch from Nicole Kelleher of Sarnaya and lessons learned from Damon DeVito of Affinity Management.
Damon DeVito is an angel investor, entrepreneur, and adjunct lecturer. In 1997 DeVito founded Affinity Management, an owner, third party operator, and advisor to specialty hospitality properties & membership organizations. He is also an adjunct lecturer at the University of Virginia's in the Darden Graduate School of Business teaching applied entrepreneurship in the Batten Institute's Venture Velocity class and in SEAS teaching Traction exclusively to Pike Fellows. Damon mentors at UVA iLab's incubator, TechStars, and Boston College's Shea Center.
As an angel investor, DeVito has invested in or advised start-ups such as Foodio, udu, Lumin, Hungry, WaBu, MeeteR, and X-Mode Social.
Charlottesville Entrepreneurs and Espresso or C-E2, a new monthly event series, is a casual, caffeine fueled gathering of learning for entrepreneurs at all stages of venture creation. C-E2 will take place at 8:00 a.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the i.Lab at UVA. This is a free event open to the entire entrepreneurship community.
The schedule will include networking over coffee, a pitch from Aaron Reedy of Data Classroom and lessons learned from Mark Dumas.
RSVP: Please RSVP online in advance to help us plan appropriately
PARKING: is free in the D5 lot from 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. The D5 lot is located behind the i.Lab at UVA. (do not park is spots marked reserved for i:Lab)
The schedule will include networking over coffee, a pitch from Spencer Phillips, phD of Key Log Economics and lessons learned with Craig Redinger.
Craig T. Redinger practiced international mergers and acquisitions law, recently retiring as partner-in-charge of the German practice at the global law firm, Norton Rose Fulbright in Munich, Germany. His expertise extends beyond the M&A arena to include corporate restructuring, fund development, private placement and project financing activities across a wide spectrum of industry sectors: pharmaceuticals, machine tools, automotive, natural resources, etc. His clientele has included global firms, international lending institutions, internationally active family owned businesses, governmental agencies, and foundations. He joined a few others upon retirement to found the Charlottesville Angel Network, a group of investors who are providing capital and mentoring to start-ups. He has lectured on various topics related to his experience in the international area at UVA, Duke, University of Richmond, University of Madrid, among others. He is president of the local Boy Scout Council, and is head coach of the Western Albemarle High School crew team, reflecting his life-long passion for sculling.
Key-Log Economics is an employee-owned consultancy that helps people, organizations and communities realize–that is, both understand and attain–the benefits of land conservation and environmental stewardship. They develop solid information about critical connections between human and natural communities. They communicate that information in strategic policy and public education efforts. And they use the insights they gain from research to design and implement individual projects, broader programs, and land stewardship plans that make and maintain positive ecological-economic relationships.
Charlottesville Entrepreneurs and Espresso or C-E2, a monthly event series, is a casual, caffeine fueled gathering of learning for entrepreneurs at all stages of venture creation. C-E2 will take place at 8:00 a.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the i.Lab at UVA. This is a free event open to the entire entrepreneurship community. The speakers will vary but the format will remain close to the following schedule:
8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Networking over coffee
8:30 - 8:45 a.m. Early-stage company pitch and Q&A
8:45 - 9:15 a.m. Fireside chat with a successful entrepreneur
9:15 - 10:00 a.m. Networking over coffee
Get inspired, meet fellow entrepreneurs, share lessons learned, and become a part of Charlottesville’s vibrant and growing entrepreneurial ecosystem.
RSVP: Please RSVP online in advance to help us plan appropriately
Haltium is a Mexican company focused on detecting commercially viable technological projects, as well as assisting those companies that need to develop technology to improve their competitiveness in the market. They specialize in electronics, mechanics, robotics and software development. They also have an area of research and technological development, where they carry out our own technological and innovation projects.
John F. Elder IV, Ph.D. is currently Chairman of the Elder Research Board. 20 years ago, John Elder founded Elder Research, America’s largest and most experienced analytics consultancy. With offices in Charlottesville VA, Baltimore MD, Raleigh, NC and Washington DC, they’ve solved hundreds of challenges for commercial and government clients by extracting actionable knowledge from all types of data. Dr. Elder co-authored three books -- on practical data mining, ensembles, and text mining -- two of which won “book of the year” awards. John has created data mining tools, was a discoverer of ensemble methods, chairs international conferences, and is a popular workshop and keynote speaker.
Dr. Elder earned Engineering degrees from Rice and UVA, where he’s an Adjunct Professor. He was named by President Bush to serve 5 years on a panel to guide technology for national security. Lastly, John is grateful to be a follower of Christ and the father of five.
The schedule will include networking over coffee, a pitch from Babylon Micro-Farms and lessons learned from expert entrepreneur, Aaron Laufer.
Babylon Micro-Farms is creating a new generation of hydroponic Micro-Farms that seamlessly integrate urban farming into beautifully designed and easy to use home appliances.
Aaron Laufer is the owner of Laufer Companies, a commercial real estate company, and managing partner/owner at Alberene Soapstone Company. Laufer received his MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business in 2003 and received his bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia in 1997.
Myriad Data Solutions was founded by three students at the University of Virginia who had a vision for better enterprise cloud storage. The trio combined their skills in computer engineering, business, and law to bring their vision to life. Myriad Data Solutions is building the future of data storage - one defined by unprecedented security, availability, and data control.
Nick Leichtentritt is the owner of Milli Coffee Roasters. Milli was built to be a community space, a place where people of all walks can gather around together the intoxicating tastes & smells of the worlds greatest libation. Since opening in 2012, they added a broader culinary experience for our guests with authentic Liege style Belgian waffles, soups, paninis, beer, teas, & more. In November 2015, they opened their in-house small batch roastery. Combining a welcoming, hospitable environment, delicious coffees roasted in-house, & unique culinary treats really help to set Milli Coffee Roasters apart from the crowd.
LOCATION CHANGE: CE2 will take place in the Inn at Darden's General Purpose Room located right next door to the i.Lab. Parking is still in D5, and signs will be posted directing attendees.
Totem's software tools and related services transform how organizations engage their networks through events management, fundraising, volunteer organizing, and social networking.
Where are you from?
Why did you start TSG?
I wanted to promote people in my community and connect people together. I think that we feel fulfilled when we support others.
What’s on your desk?
Current coffee, yesterdays coffee that I need to throw away, The Scout Guide from various cities, my husband’s current spread for TSG Charlottesville, Vol.8 (I would like to make some changes but he won’t let me).
Words to live by?
The golden rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
Favorite vacation destination?
I am the most relaxed when I am home on the weekends. With three kids and way too many animals and work I don’t get away very often, so I make my home my favorite vacation destination. Someday I hope to do a bit more traveling.
What’s in your bag?
Pure Barre Socks, a thank you note from a friend, heart shaped sunglasses, a hair clip, chapstick, sunblock, and cigarettes.
Best part about coming to work?
The DOGS! And the people too—I love the ladies that I work with everyday.
What’s your TSG obsession?
I am OBSESSED with Stephanie Revennaugh, who is featured in TSG Equestrian.
Pivot offers on-demand fitness classes at the best gyms without prepaid or recurring fees.
The Kitchen Network began in Charlottesville, VA as a response to the burgeoning growth of small food businesses in dire need of adequate affordable commercial kitchen production space. The founding team came upon the realization that each and every community in Charlottesville and beyond already have commercial kitchens at their disposal, but the missing piece was the vital connection between rental kitchens and aspiring food businesses. With the creation of The Kitchen Network, they have bridged the gap between these two entities and created new opportunities for local businesses and kitchen owners in every community.
Joey Conover is co-owner, contracts and finance manager at Latitude 38. Joey grew up three blocks from the Downtown Mall and remembers the lunch counter at Woolworths. She also helped oversee its transformation into a copper-clad retail store. Joey is a graduate of Wesleyan University and the Darden School of Business, and the current Chair of the Coalition for Economic Opportunity, which seeks to provide a community-based alternative to predatory lending in the Charlottesville area. She is also licensed to sell real estate in the Commonwealth of Virginia at Nest Realty. And somehow she still finds time to scrape together dinner for Jeff and their two girls (most days).
Imbibe Solutions is a quality control laboratory for Virginia's breweries, wineries, and distilleries. With options for in-house testing and individualized consulting, Imbibe Solutions aims to build personal relationships with local craft businesses.
Mr. Evan T. Edwards is Vice-President of Product Development & Industrialization at kaléo Inc., a pharmaceutical company dedicated to building innovative solutions for serious and life-threatening medical conditions. . He is co-founder of kaléo, formerly Intelliject, Inc., and is co-inventor of the company’s technology platforms. The company’s first approved products, Auvi-Q® in the U.S. and Allerject® in Canada, are epinephrine auto-injectors that were originally licensed to Sanofi who launched them commercially in early 2013. The company received all rights back to Auvi-Q® and Allerject® in February 2016 and is currently evaluating re-launch of these two assets. The company’s second product, EVZIO (naloxone HCL injection) Auto-Injector was launched by kaléo in July 2014 and is a prescription medicine used for the treatment of an opioid emergency such as an overdose or a possible opioid overdose. Since launch of EVZIO, over 1000 lives saved with the product have been reported. Evan leads the invention, device design and industrialization for kaléo’s product portfolio. In addition, Evan is responsible for management of the company’s intellectual property portfolio where he is named on over 150 patents issued and pending domestically and abroad.
Evan has been recognized among his peers for his expertise and work in human factors engineering (HFE). He is actively involved with both HFES and the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA). In addition, Evan serves on the Medical Devices for Injection and Human Factors Committees for the Association of the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) and is co-faculty of AAMI’s HF for Medical Devices Workshop.
Evan is a graduate of the University of Virginia where he earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a M.S. in Systems Engineering with a concentration on HFE. In 2012 he was named among MDDI’s “40 Medtech Innovators Under 40”.
ABOUT LITTLE PLANETS
If you've been to one of our outdoor Little Planets, you know that we believe a play area should inspire creativity, imagination, and joy! We are beyond excited to be opening a nature-inspired indoor Little Planets Playroom on Charlottesville's Downtown Mall with the same intentions. We are designing a space that will support the importance of open-ended play and we want children to be invited into an environment that is fun, beautiful, and that fosters a diverse, rich, and age-appropriate sensory experience.
Families will be able to enjoy the space with their children during open-play, groups for parents will be able to meet onsite and take advantage of on-site childcare, and we will occasionally offer a day for drop-off childcare and date nights. A private nursing nook will be available to all moms at no cost.
ABOUT EWA HARR
Ewa earned her B.A. in Psychology from the College of William and Mary and holds a Master's in Integral Counseling from the CA Institute of Integral Studies. She has worked as a Therapeutic Children’s Playroom Coordinator at the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center, a Child and Family Therapist, and a teacher.
Ewa draws from her experience with Waldorf and Montessori based environments, integral theories of child
development, & eco-psychology, to design magical play spaces for children. She currently resides with her husband and two sons in Charlottesville, VA.
ABOUT JACOB D'ANIELLO
D’Aniello was a financial systems designer for a billion-dollar technology consultancy. His then-girlfriend, Susan, was prepping for a nursing degree at Johns Hopkins University. In 2000, the pair parlayed that expertise into a new startup business plan: scooping dog poop for businesses and residents who couldn’t or wouldn’t themselves. Today, 34-year-old D’Aniello helms a 35-franchise company in 57 locations, its biggest in Fairfax, that aims to be the first national pet removal brand.
Charlottesville Entrepreneurs and Espresso will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 in the i.Lab at UVA. The format of C-E2 will consist of networking over coffee, a pitch from "TQ" Evans with time for Q&A, and lessons learned with Andrea Ayres, Director, Marketing and Communications at Signature Family Wealth Advisors and Founder of Splendora's Gelato.
“TQ” Evans is a Cville transplant from Atlanta, Ga. Raising 3 energetic boys, along with husband Adam, she understands first-hand the body image struggles of motherhood. While working full time as a Director for People Operations in the Healthcare Technology field, she came up with the idea to solve a common everyday problem that many women suffer from, the dreaded “mommy tummy”. She was accepted into Charlottesville’s Community Investment Collaborative (CIC) and throughout the course of the program, learned the fundamental entrepreneurial skills, to help bring her idea to life. TQ’s product is a high-waist compression legging, marketed specifically to new moms. She aspires to have her leggings become a staple item, in the closet of every new mom. "
Andrea Ayres is a Director at Signature Family Wealth Advisors. She is responsible for corporate strategy, marketing, communications, and business development.
Prior to joining Signature, Andrea and her husband started a gelato and espresso cafe called Splendora’s. Before relocating to Charlottesville, she worked in corporate finance at The Bank of New York and as a high yield bond analyst at GE Capital.
Andrea serves as a mentor for upcoming entrepreneurs in the Charlottesville Investment Collaborative. She previously served as the president of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Discovery Museum and as a member of the board of local school organizations. She frequently participates in entrepreneurship panels and discussions at UVA and in the Charlottesville community.
Andrea graduated from Bates College with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Japanese and holds an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business. She lives in Charlottesville with her husband and 3 children.