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Friday, April 14 • 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Accelerating What? Assessing Investments in Entrepreneurship FULL

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Seed accelerators, also known as startup incubators, are generally fixed-term, cohort-based programs, that include mentorship and educational components and culminate in a public pitch event or demo day. According to a 2016 Brookings Institution report, America is home to more than 700 self-declared startup launch programs. Many small cities regard these programs as key ingredients in their economic development strategies, but it is not clear what curricula, culture, or  structures yield viable businesses, nor how different entrepreneurial programs suit the needs of particular communities. This session will explore best practices for accelerators in small cities; what kinds of funding models are most appropriate within different community contexts; and, critically, who these programs are designed to serve.

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David Touve

Director, iLab, University of Virginia
David oversees and supports the people, programs, and resources of the i.Lab, while working to develop new initiatives, connections, and opportunities. On those rare occasions when he has the coordination to both think and type at the same time, his work has been published and presented... Read More →

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Chris Harris

Senior Program Officer - Entrepreneurship, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Chris Harris is a senior program officer in Entrepreneurship for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where he focuses on building and expanding the most effective entrepreneurial support models addressing critical barriers for entrepreneurs across the United States. The strategy... Read More →
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Adam Klein

Chief Strategist, American Underground
Adam Klein is Chief Strategist for the American Underground, a thriving campus for entrepreneurs in Durham, NC. Under Klein's leadership, the American Underground has become a model for how to transform a once depressed downtown into a magnet for high-growth companies. The American... Read More →
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Penny Lee

Chief Strategy Officer, 1776
Penny Lee is a seasoned political communications and government relations strategist. A regular commentator on the political process, campaigns and elections, she has been quoted extensively in the New York Times, Washington Post, National Journal, Bloomberg, Rollcall, Politico... Read More →

Friday April 14, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm EDT
The Paramount Theater, Upstairs Ballroom 215 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902