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February 2017 C-E2 Meeting

  • i.Lab at UVa 621 Nash Drive Charlottesville, VA 22903 (map)

Charlottesville Entrepreneurs and Espresso will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 in the i.Lab at UVA. The format of C-E2 will consist of networking over coffee, a pitch from Ewa Harr with Little Planets, and lessons learned with Jacob D'Aniello of Doody Calls.

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.

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.

Jacob and Susan D’Aniello

Jacob and Susan 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.



Earlier Event: January 17
January 2017 CE-2 Meeting
Later Event: March 21
March 2017