Take charge of your education. Inspire and be inspired. Join hundreds of other creative problem solvers at this student planned and student led Summit. Build businesses, launch organizations, and start projects that will positively impact your customers, your community, and society at large, creating value for all.
Students, educators, and entrepreneurs from across Virginia will assemble to hear inspirational stories from young speakers and participate in high energy competitions that inspire entrepreneurial thinking and creative problem solving.
Arrival & Student Showcases
As students arrive, 30+ student maker and creative projects are showcased in a science fair-style symposium in the front ballroom.
Morning Keynotes – “Your Story”
Leading youth innovators share their stories about how they started and the lessons aspiring founders can apply in following their passions. Speakers include:
- Nikhil Goyal, author— Nikhil is the 20 year-old author of Schools on Trial: How Freedom and Creativity Can Fix Our Educational Malpractice and has appeared on MSNBC and FOX and written for the New York Times, MSNBC, The Nation, and other publications. In 2012, Goyal was named one of the “World Changers” for Dell #Inspire 100. In 2013, he was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list.
- LeiLei Secor, founder at Designed by Lei—LeiLei is a UVA second year who started Designed by Lei, an Etsy shop for handmade jewelry that has generated over $100,000 in profit. She is using it to pay for her out-of-state college tuition. LeiLei is a pre-commerce student at UVA with a possible double major in foreign affairs.
- Daniel Willson & Alyssa Dizon – student leaders at HackCville – this clubhouse and community for entrepreneurial students at the University of Virginia is student-run and creates programs for 100+ members to craft their own self-directed projects.
Pitch Competition – “Your Business Idea”
Student entrepreneurs will have 3 minutes to pitch their businesses and innovative ideas, and compete for cash and mentorship prizes from the Community Investment Collaborative (CIC). Pitch Competition Finalists:
- Windowed Refrigerator
- Seniors Connect
- Art Step
- Beard Productions
- Sincerely Magazine
- Easy Process
Break – Brown Bag Lunches by Topics – Sponsored by UVA’s Curry School of Education
Diverse topics allow students to engage with each other and leading community entrepreneurs, innovators, and nonprofit leaders.
Social Innovation Challenge – “Building Your Community”
10 finalists will confront the challenge of “Building Community” and propose innovative solutions to increasing connection in our schools and throughout the greater Charlottesville area. All finalists receive $250 to support their community project as well as live feedback from our expert panel. Community Challenge Finalists:
- Cavalier Robotics Team 619
- For the Love of the Game
- Let’s Make a Difference Week
- Ease the Transition to Middle School
- Project S.O.S.
- Project Unify
- Charlottesville-Albemarle Dramatic Arts.
Youth Entrepreneurship Bill Signing – Governor Terry McAuliffe
Governor Terry McAuliffe will sign “HB 1230 Higher educational institutions: student intellectual property rights.” This bill will require the boards of visitors of state-supported institutions of higher education to adopt policies that are supportive of the intellectual property rights of their students.
Afternoon Keynote – Wes Bellamy
Charlottesville Vice Mayor and community leader Wes Bellamy shares his founding story and insight on the process of community building.
Pictured: Student Advisory Committee, January 31, 2016
Beginning in January, our local schools including Monticello High School, Albemarle High School, Charlottesville High School, St. Annes-Belfield, Murray High School, Western Albemarle High School, and Charlottesville Area Technical Education Center (CATEC) nominated and encouraged students to form the Advisory Council. Read more.