Policy makers and business executives were at the University of Virginia Friday trying to figure out how to spur economic growth in Virginia. It's part of the Jefferson Innovation Summit for the Commonwealth taking place at the Darden School of Business.
The focus of the summit was how to create and sustain a society of entrepreneurs. UVA President Teresa Sullivan gave the opening remarks where she told the audience a key part of that is the collaboration between businesses and universities.
Congressman Robert Hurt was one of the elected officials invited to take part in the discussion. The session included a debate about a hypothetical scenario similar to a business school case study.
Delegates then broke into small working groups to brainstorm and create recommendations. Sullivan said working together will spur innovation.
"It should be especially true at the university Thomas Jefferson built that we are an incubator for new ideas," Sullivan said. "The Darden School of Business and the Batten Institute provide an ethos of innovation, and that ethos today is permeating every part of the university."
Trip Davis with the Darden School Foundation said, "It is the year of the entrepreneur here in the state of Virginia. So, here at the Darden School we're focused on entrepreneurship and innovation."
Governor Bob McDonnell gave remarks during the latter portion of the summit.
After the summit, organizers will take Friday's ideas and solutions to develop what's called a "policy playbook".
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