Growth4VA, ODU To Host Innovation + Entrepreneurship Regional Campaign Kick Off

RICHMOND – The Growth4VA campaign is pleased to partner with Old Dominion University to host the second regional kick-off event for the Growth4VA campaign tomorrow, Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 9:30 AM. The event will highlight ODU alumna entrepreneur, Kay Brown, student entrepreneurs who will showcase their businesses, and will feature ODU President John Broderick, VBHEC Chair Gil Minor, Senator Lynwood Lewis, and Delegate Matthew James.

One of the Growth4VA campaign’s strategic goals is to make Virginia a recognized home of innovators and entrepreneurs. Business investment and talented young people are attracted to places where innovation and entrepreneurship are encouraged, cultivated, and rewarded. Virginia’s higher education institutions are at the center of the entrepreneurial ecosystem and this event will demonstrate one example of how our higher education institutions help to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship in the Commonwealth.


President John Broderick, ODU
Gil Minor, Chairman, Virginia Business Higher Education Council
Senator Lynwood Lewis, Virginia Senate, 6th District
Delegate Matthew James, Virginia House of Delegates, 80th District
Kay Brown, ODU Entrepreneur Alumna, Owner of Sweat N Sway Fitness|
Nancy Grden, Executive Director, ODU Strome Entrepreneurial Center



A co-hosted event by Growth4VA and ODU to demonstrate how ODU is responding to the needs of Virginia’s Innovators and Entrepreneurs and encouraging entrepreneurship in its curriculum.


Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Old Dominion University
Strome Entrepreneurial Center
Norfolk, VA

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MORE INFO: ODU: Strome Entrepreneurial Center Event to Kickoff Growth4VA Regional Campaign


About Growth4VA:  Growth4VA is a campaign of the Virginia Business Higher Education Council, an organization founded by Virginia business leaders on the principle that the prosperity of Virginia and the well-being of its citizens is fundamentally tied to access to a strong system of public colleges and universities.  Growth4VA is a broad-based, bipartisan coalition of Virginians who support reform and reinvestment in our higher education system to help grow the Virginia economy, expand access to education and job opportunities for all Virginians, and regain Virginia’s #1 ranking for business. For more information, please visit

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