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.
Charlottesville Entrepreneurs and Espresso will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 17, 2016 in the i.Lab at UVA. The format of C-E2 will consist of networking over coffee and an open discussion with Philippe Sommer, Founder CvilleTrep, LLC and Director Emeritus, i.Lab Incubator - Batten Institute - University of Virginia
Charlottesville Entrepreneurs and Espresso will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 in the i.Lab at UVA.
The speaker for October 18th is Nick McCharen with McCharen Bitters. McCharen Bitters is dedicated to providing our community with fresh, unique, made to order beverage enhancements.
Charlottesville Entrepreneurs and Espresso will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 in the i.Lab at UVA. The format of C-E2 will consist of networking over coffee, a pitch from Snowing in Space with time for Q&A, and lessons learned with Nate Casey.
Snowing in Space brews and delivers nitro coffee that's served on tap at offices and retail establishments throughout Charlottesville.
Nate Casey is VP of Product Strategy at Digital Relab. He is a very experienced entrepreneur and operations expert. He owns one of the top digital music A&R platforms with revenue in the millions. He is highly networked in music and business.
Charlottesville Entrepreneurs and Espresso will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 in the i.Lab at UVA. The format of C-E2 will consist of networking over coffee and lessons learned with Bob Lloyd of BrightSpec.
Bob Lloyd is a co-founder of BrightSpec and concentrates on recruiting, sales, operations, and corporate development. He brings to BrightSpec more than 15 years of executive experience in both start-up and Fortune 500 information services companies, along with a deep network of business relationships. Bob was instrumental in building ScholarOne, Inc., the #1 peer review system company for scientific, technical and medical (STM) publishers and in positioning the company for a successful exit. He previously spent several years in capital markets roles in New York, Chicago and London. BA, MA and MBA degrees from the University of Virginia.
Charlottesville Entrepreneurs and Espresso will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 in the i.Lab at UVA. The format of C-E2 will consist of networking over coffee, a pitch from Ben Pfinsgraff of Common House with time for Q&A, and lessons learned with Joel Selzer.
Common House is a social club for the community of creative people in art and commerce. Our members are artists, craftsmen and entrepreneurs who share the belief that we can create an even more productive, progressive hometown by bringing the unique people already making a difference together in one common, creative place. Our first club will launch in Charlottesville, Virginia within the year, with expansion plans to other tertiary and secondary markets throughout the Southeast.
Joel Selzer has spent the past 10 years driving innovation in the healthcare industry as an entrepreneur, board member, and advisor. He co-founded and currently leads ArcheMedX, an e-learning technology and healthcare informatics company, that is transforming online education and training across healthcare through a data-driven approach to learning.
Joel also serves as Chairman of Ozmosis, Inc., a provider of care collaboration solutions to the healthcare industry. Prior to Ozmosis, Joel co-founded and directed Medical Funding Services (MFS), a digital healthcare payments firm, previously served in management roles at IBM Global Services, and developed data analysis solutions for the U.S. Government while at American Management Systems.
Joel received his BA from Georgetown University and MBA from the Darden School of Business, where he led the Entrepreneurs Club and worked for Updata Venture Partners. He co-founded FounderCorps and currently serves as a Board Member of the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council (CBIC) and Special Advisor to Social Safeguard and OpenQ.
Charlottesville Entrepreneurs and Espresso will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 in the General Purpose Room at Darden, located next to the i.Lab at UVA. The format of C-E2 will consist of networking over coffee, a pitch from Guesthouses Reservation Services with time for Q&A, and lessons learned with Joren van der Pluijm with Wish Wish .
Charlottesville Entrepreneurs and Espresso will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 19, 2016. The format of C-E2 will consist of networking over coffee, a pitch from Good Bones Paint with time for Q&A, and a "School of Hard Knocks" session with Rob Masri of Cardagin Networks, Inc..
Good Bones is a high-quality, DIY-friendly, eco-conscious finishing product for many types of surfaces. It has been formulated by a team of designers, artists, chemists and experienced, commercial painters to perform as not only an introductory paint for curious Do It Yourself-ers but also for professional painters and contractors alike.
Businessman and lawyer, Rob C. Masri is the founder and CEO of Cardagin Networks, Inc., a Mobile Relationship Management (MRM) company that that powers loyalty and reward programs for retailers worldwide.
Mr. Masri’s foundation in customer loyalty began at his family-run restaurant in Pearisburg, Va. Like many business, the restaurant required customer loyalty and retention for sustainability to keep its doors open for more than 30 years. Using the lessons he learned working in the family restaurant, Mr. Masri revolutionized the concept of modern mobile loyalty with the development of Cardagin.
With Cardagin, businesses can now know their customers by name, frequency of visit, amount spent, favorite location, and redeemed rewards and offers. Cardagin has been recognized by CNET, and Inc. and Entrpreneur Magazines as a market leader in mobile loyalty.
Prior to founding Cardagin, Mr. Masri served as the chief development officer for the University of Virginia Law School Foundation during the Law School’s $150M capital campaign and promoted loyalty among the alumni base of the Law School. Before joining UVA Law School Foundation, Mr. Masri was executive vice president of corporate development and general counsel of Multicity, Inc., a global provider of online communication solutions that secured more than $16M in venture capital financing.
Mr. Marsi also worked as an attorney in the business department of Cooley LLP and the corporate and securities department of Hunton & Williams LLP. Mr. Masri received his bachelor and law degrees from the University of Virginia and currently resides in Charlottesville, Va. with his wife, Natalie, and their three children, Mira, Felix and Xavier.
WEATHER CANCELLATION POLICY: If City schools are closed or delayed on the day of C-E2, then C-E2 is cancelled.
Charlottesville Entrepreneurs and Espresso will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 16, 2016. The format of C-E2 will consist of networking over coffee, a pitch from Lee Elberson of Clayborne Education with time for Q&A, and a "School of Hard Knocks" session with Wendy Hubbard of Inova Solutions.
Clayborne Education, founded in 2009, is built on the conviction that one-to-one engagement helps personalize education in a way that accentuates students’ unique skills and inculcates those that are lacking. We understand that every student learns in a different way and at a different pace. This is why Test Preparation at Clayborne begins with a tailored program designed to fit the needs of each individual student, and why Academic Coaching begins with a personal consultation. Our tutors get to know their students and work side by side with them to help them realize their dreams. We offer in-home services throughout Charlottesville and its surrounding counties, as well as at our beautiful education center, located at 515 Locust Ave.
Co-owner and Chief Operations Officer Lee Elberson was born and raised in southern Louisiana. He joined the Marines at 17 in an effort to find some discipline in his life. Well, he found it and went on to graduate from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a Bachelor of Science in physics and was inducted into the honors society Sigma Pi Sigma. He then went on to obtain a master's degree in chemical physics at the University of Maryland where he taught many classes in the physics department. Lee did his PhD research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory working on relativistic electron transport in a laser-induced plasma. Needless to say, Lee has a love for all things quantifiable. He is an energetic person who has a passion for educating others and he enjoys coaching young adults to achieve their goals. Lee spends his free time training for marathons, playing poker, watching Imax 3D movies, or creating some ridiculously intricate spreadsheet.
Wendy Hubbard Co-Founded Inova Solutions, Inc. in 1984, and serves as its Executive Vice President. Ms. Hubbard has been the driving force behind sales and marketing for Inova Solutions. She has over 20-years depth of knowledge of the call center industry. Before founding Inova Solutions, she was a fund-raiser for private charities and a special educator. Ms. Hubbard holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Virginia.