Students, educators, and civic leaders from across Virginia assemble to hear inspirational stories from youth-driven speakers and participate in high energy challenges that inspire entrepreneurial problem solving.
Creative students show off their projects at interactive booths.
Leading youth innovators and civic leaders share their stories about how they started and their lessons for aspiring entrepreneurs.
Merrit Jones, Director of Partnerships, Student Voice
Founded Student Space, a nonprofit that helps South Carolina students join conversations and decisions affecting their education
Zaakir Tameez, Director of Strategic Development, ReinventED Lab
Co-created Houston Independent School District School Congress, and co-authored amicus brief in Texas Supreme Court on school finance and equity case
PJ Harris, Cofounder, Totem
Cofounded mobile and web software tool that transforms how organizations engage their networks, linking causes, businesses, and community members
Erin Henshaw, Co-Founder, The Mind Body Project
International start-up consultant specializing in corporate culture, digital marketing and community building. Erin founded The Mind Body Project in Beijing in 2015 to bring mindfulness to REAL people.
Eileen Chen, Director of Content Development, Student Voice
Produces and co-hosts the podcast Students of America, where student experience and audio drives conversation on education policy, and promotes information on the Student Bill of Rights
Zak Malamed, Founder, Student Voice
Zak joined XQ to support its student strategy after serving as the founder and executive director of Student Voice, a national student-led nonprofit dedicated to elevating student voices and supporting them as partners in improving education
Roya Makki, Co-Owner, The Pigeon Hole
Graduated from UVA in 2013; while in school she loved brunch at The Pigeon Hole, and now as of 2015, she co-owns it. In the fall of 2016, she expanded her business by opening The Hole.
Alex Williams, Co-Founder, Aquillous Tutoring
2nd year university student with previous entrepreneurship experiences involving bitcoin, education, and apps. Currently working on a tutoring company focused on making tutoring more accessible for high school students.
Kane Thomas, Co-Founder, Aquillous Tutoring
2nd year at the University of Virginia studying CS and Economics. Co-founder of an SAT/ACT tutoring company with a focus on social impact.
Michelle Ball, UVA Career Center
Aditya Narayan, ReinventED Lab
Audrey Francis, ReinventED Lab
Kristen Chiacchia, Second Street Gallery
Andy Page, HackCville
Melissa Wu, ReinventED Lab
Alyssa Dizon, Managing Dir. HackCville
Director of a student-led non-profit for UVA students providing self-directed, experiential education around entrepreneurship
Daniel Willson, Founder The Pioneer
Founder of a student-led media education program for UVA students that complements HackCville’s programming
Emmanuel Abebrese, Founder Citadel Foundation for Kids
Founder of an NGO in his native Ghana and a 501(c)3 charity in the U.S., which together aim to alleviate child poverty worldwide