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Thursday, April 20 • 8:00am - 8:15am
Technology for Good Conference

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How do technology, entrepreneurship, and investment increase opportunity in the community?
Charlottesville’s technology sector is one of the region’s most vibrant areas of economic opportunity; and a source of global innovation and ideas. This conference is a state of the union for Charlottesville Tech, mixing it up with all the players in some sectors including biotechnolgy, energy, and data, and AI, and assesses how these innovators are driving global change. The conference also looks at Diversity in the sectors -- from a workforce and cultural perspective --- ensuring that there are multiple voices shaping decisions, as well as the funding cycles.

So whether you're looking for insights into some of the most relevant global trends, the ethics around data and AI, or some of the hottest emerging Charlottesville companies, this is a conference for you.

Note: This conference session is a ticketed event. To create your event schedule here on Sched you must first purchase your tickets on Eventbrite. Click here to purchase your ticket. (All Tickets are Pay-What-You-Can)

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Daniel Bailey

CEO and Co-Founder, Astraea
Daniel Bailey, Astraea’s CEO and Co-Founder, is using his broad experience garnered from his time in Military Intelligence and as an Artificial Intelligence consultant to Fortune 500 companies to now help decarbonize the global economy. Leveraging his experience in requisitioning... Read More →
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Caren Merrick

Secretary of Commerce and Trade, Commonwealth of Virginia
Caren Merrick is an entrepreneur, board director, advisor and executive with over 25 years of experience launching new companies, reinventing companies, leading business improvement transformation, and overseeing change management. She and one of the companies she co-founded were... Read More →
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Robert Wiltbank

CEO, Galois
CEO of Galois, a computer science R&D company.  Have started 7 companies.  Partner in Montlake Capital (venture fund in Seattle Washington). Been a part of the acquisition of 6 companies.  Co-author of 2 books: "Effectual Entrepreneurship"   and "The Catalyst."   Professor of... Read More →
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Rahul Keshap

Executive Director, Venture Central
Rahul Keshap serves as Executive Director of Venture Central, an organization dedicated to building the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the greater Charlottesville area. He is a long-time Charlottesville resident and has his own law practice serving startups and nonprofits. Rahul also... Read More →
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Dan Myers

Co-Founder & Managing Director, 42Phi Ventures
Dan Myers is Co-Founder & Managing Director of 42Phi Ventures, a Silicon Valley based VC firm investing in Seed to Series A companies. For Founders in Virginia, Dan is a Tech Mentor with ICAP, a George Mason University & Virginia SBDC program that offers expert mentorship & support... Read More →
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Dr. Silvia Blemker

Chief Scientific Officer, Springbok Analytics
Silvia Salinas Blemker, Ph.D. is the Chief Scientific Officer and a co-founder of Springbok Analytics. She is fascinated by skeletal muscle biomechanics and physiology and is well-known in the field for developing novel computational and experimental approaches to study muscle, with... Read More →
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Anson Parker

Fellow, Center for Civic Innovation
With the support of the Center for Civic Innovation, I have spent the past two years researching low-income credit scoring as it relates to housing and renting in the Charlottesville area.  Low and non-existent credit scores are a common issue we encountered working with housing... Read More →
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Sophie Smith

Founder & CEO, College Contact
Company Founder, Sophie Smith, is a current 4th year McIntire student studying Marketing and Information Technology with a track in Business Analytics and a minor in Innovation Entrepreneurship. Originally from Jupiter, Florida, Sophie is a serial entrepreneur, marketing guru, and... Read More →
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Charles Henneman

Program Manager, CvilleBioHub
Charlie Henneman is Program Manager at CvilleBioHub where he leads event planning and supports communications and fundraising. From 2004-2021 he was Head of Educational Events for CFA Institute, the largest global association of investment professionals, where his team created and... Read More →
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David Johnson

CEO, Icarus Medical
Dave Johnson is the CEO and founder of Icarus Medical Innovations. Dave suffers from early-onset knee arthritis and realized there are no effective ways to manage this problem. Dave is an avid snowboarder and kiteboarder but could no longer do these activities due to severe knee pain... Read More →
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Mark Goodwin

President and CEO, Apex Clean Energy
Mark has spent more than twenty years of his career in the renewable energy sector. As CEO of Apex Clean Energy, Mark leads the execution of corporate strategy. Since Apex’s founding, he has built a team of more than 400 professionals focused on creating customized clean energy... Read More →
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Ellen Balfrey

Senior Vice President, Finance, Apex Clean Energy
Ellen Balfrey is the Senior Vice President of Finance at Apex Clean Energy.  In this role, she leads a team of 17 to secure financing for wind, solar, and battery storage projects throughout the U.S. and sell projects in development or operations.  She has 19 years of experience... Read More →
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Jim Cheng

Co-Founder/Co-Chair, CAV Angels
Jim is a Co- Founder/Co-Chair of CAV-Angels, an Angel investment club for UVA Alumni, he is a member of several Angel Investment and PE firms/groups; and is a mentor and advisor to numerous startup companies. Jim is also a serial tech entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience... Read More →
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Sukari Brown

Portfolio Manager - Small Cap Fund, Darden Capital Management
Sukari A. Brown is an engineer turned private equity investor now pursuing her MBA at UVA Darden School of Business. Sukari was born, raised, and educated in Brooklyn, NY, and after graduating with her degree in Civil Engineering from the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, she relocated... Read More →
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Tony Wilkins

Partner, Standing Oaks Venture Partners
Tony Wilkins, CFA is a private investor and executive coach. In both roles, he helps people make decisions - as an investor, to help his portfolio companies achieve better financial outcomes. As a coach (and mentor) the goal is always to help people flourish in whatever way they wish... Read More →
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John Wheeler

CFO, Fermata Energy
Bringing more than $2 billion in M&A and restructuring deal experience to Fermata Energy, John Wheeler is focused on the rapid commercialization and deployment of vehicle-to-everything solutions. He develops the use cases and investment structures that make V2G a fast-growing reality... Read More →
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Alexander Bazhinov

Founder, President and COO, Lumin
Alexander Bazhinov got his start in Russia after graduating from the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. In Russia’s burgeoning capitalist economy, Alex navigated obstacles to business in a post-Soviet world until he found himself managing an international trade network of precious... Read More →
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Bob Creeden

Managing Director, UVA LVG Seed Fund
Bob Creeden, Managing Director of the  UVA LVG Seed Fund & New Ventures at the UVA Licensing & Ventures Group (LVG) supports the creation of high-quality ventures based on University technologies and leads the day-to-day operations of the $10 million investment fund. Since joining... Read More →
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Eric Mayton

CEO, Cerillo
Eric Mayton is the President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board at Cerillo, a Charlottesville, VA based life sciences firm focused on removing boundaries of traditional equipment for scientific researchers. Eric spent the first decade of his career managing academic and commercial laboratories... Read More →
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Payam Pourtaheri

CEO, AgroSpheres, INC.
Payam leads business development and manages the company’s day-to-day operations. He also leads the regulatory and IP strategies for the company. He is on the Board of CvilleBioHub, Venture Central, and Virginia Bio.
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Erika Bahr

CEO & Co-Founder, Invest Capital AI
For the past 10 years, Erika has helped corporations and clients drive digital transformation. She specializes in managing the build of data pipeline and ML strategies from start to finish, leading complex, large-scale data migration projects, marketing analytics consulting and introducing... Read More →
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Melissa Phillips

Data Scientist and Community Engagement Coordinator, GA-CCRi
Melissa Phillips is a Data Scientist and the Community Engagement Coordinator at GA-CCRi, a Charlottesville-based geospatial data science company.  As a Team Lead on the Tracking team, Melissa's work involves extracting features and fusing data sources to empower decision-makers... Read More →
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Ed Rogers

Chief Executive Officer, Bonumose, Inc.
Mr. Rogers is the CEO and co-founder of Bonumose, Inc., a food ingredient and enzyme innovation company based in Virginia, USA. Mr. Rogers has 30 years of business experience as a technology company founder, CEO, investor, adviser and attorney. Earlier in his career, Mr. Rogers founded... Read More →
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Tom Barker

Co-Founder, CSO, Vasarya Therapeutics
Dr. Barker is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Cell Biology and Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Virginia and the Co-Founder of two biotech Start-ups, SelSym Biotech and Vasarya Therapeutics, serving as CSO for the later.  Dr. Barker received his Bachelor... Read More →
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James Ramey

Managing Director & Fund Manager, VTC Ventures
James Ramey is a Managing Director and Fund Manager at Middleland Capital where he manages the VTC Ventures. VTC Ventures invest in high growth Seed, Series A, and Series B-stage companies across the country, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and within the broader Virginia Tech, Carilion... Read More →
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Sally Allain

Head of JLABS @ Washington, DC/Interim Head of JLABS North East, Johnson & Johnson's Innovation, Johnson & Johnson
As Head of JLABS @ Washington, DC, Sally sets the strategic direction and oversees all operational activities for JLABS in the greater Washington metro region, and supporting the New York and Boston ecosystems as Interim Head, JLABS @ North East. In this role, Sally is responsible... Read More →
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Dana Goldmsith

Entrepreneur In Residence, CvilleBioHub
Dana has spent more than 25 years in business and has focused the majority of her career on hi-tech.  She spent 11 years in Silicon Valley as part of 6 venture-backed startups.  Those companies ranged in focus from enterprise ecommerce platform providers to SaaS personalization... Read More →
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Kate Byrne

Chief Growth Officer & Podcast Host, Good Light Capital
Kate Byrne is the Chief Growth Officer at Goodlight Capital and Advisor to PlusMedia Solutions and Emerge, as well as the podcast host for MediaVillage's WomenAdvancing.org, Rebels with a Purpose and African Tech Conversations.  A leader in digital media and social impact for over... Read More →
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Marty Weiner

Founding Engineer of Pinterest. First CTO at Reddit.
Marty was a founding engineer at Pinterest and spent 4.5 exciting years building Pinterest from tiny to big. In 2015 he joined Reddit as its first CTO tasked with helping bring the company into working order. Much gray hair was created, but now Reddit is well on its way toward IPO.Marty... Read More →
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Ragan Hart

Investor, MultiCare Capital Partners
Hailing from Tidewater Virginia and growing up next to the family farm, Ragan first cultivated her enterprising spirit during her youth. Professionally, Hart is no stranger to innovation, collaboration, and execution within the healthcare entrepreneurial ecosystem. She joined MultiCare... Read More →
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Neal Piper

Founder and CEO,, Luminoah
Neal Piper is the Founder & CEO of Luminoah, a MedTech company revolutionizing enteral nutrition care through the development of a wearable device and digital health platform. Neal has spent 15 years advancing healthcare across 18 countries, starting at Pfizer's Neuroscience Division... Read More →
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Landon Merrill

Principal, Genoa Investments
Landon is a Principal at Genoa Ventures where he brings world-class skills in structured, rigorous product strategy and development to deal diligence and portfolio company support. With a wide range of technical and commercial leadership experience in organizations ranging from startups... Read More →
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Jennifer Siciliano

Chief External Affairs Officer, University of Virginia
Jennifer Siciliano currently serves as Chief External Affairs Officer for UVA Health where she oversees all aspects of UVA Health's relationships with external stakeholders for the health system. Jennifer was instrumental in creating and executing the legislative strategy that led... Read More →
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Dr. Nikki Hastings

Executive Director, CvilleBioHub
Nikki Hastings is an operations biotech executive and entrepreneurial ecosystem builder with over 15 years of experience working with early-stage biotech/medtech companies. She has held executive management roles at companies across multiple industry sectors including at HemoShear... Read More →
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Paul Beyer

Executive Director, Tom Tom Foundation
My professional interests and passions are around community building; with a specific focus on my hometown of Charlottesville, VA. I love the instigators, entrepreneurs, artists, activists, and healers who are filled with civic purpose and desire to create communities of friendship... Read More →
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Dr. Kelli Palmer

Chief Employee Experience Officer, WillowTree
Kelli was raised in Montgomery County, Maryland, and attended Elon University, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. A devoted alumna, she is a member of the Black Life Advisory Council and the President’s Council. She received her Master’s Degree in... Read More →
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Tracey Greene

Executive Director, Charlottesville Business Innovation Council & Charlottesville Angel Network
Tracey is a passionate advocate for the power of tech and innovation-based entrepreneurship to drive economic growth and social impact. As the Executive Director of the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council (CBIC), Tracey leads the organization's efforts to support and promote... Read More →
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Reggie Leonard II

Associate Director for Career Connections and Community Engagement, UVA School of Data Science
As one of the first employees at UVA's Data Science Institute, Reggie Leonard built out career development support, expanded the organization's network, and helped connect the data science community to their efforts. He’s served on Charlottesville's Open Data Advisory Group, created... Read More →

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UVA Environmental Institute

UVA Environmental Institute: The Institute supports interdisciplinary research and training that is both great and good at the intersection of environmental change and human well-being. EI connects faculty, students, and citizens to create solutions for a more equitable, resilient... Read More →


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