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Meriwether Startup Podcast Episode 2: Payam Pourtaheri, CoFounder of AgroSpheres

AgroSpheres is developing a biotech solution to degrade pesticides and has won numerous startup and innovation prizes. I was fortunate enough to catch up with one of the Founders, Payam Pourtaheri, right after AgroSpheres won the Charlottesville stop of the Velocity Tour. Payam's story gives some incredible insight into how both UVA and Charlottesville has changed over the past few years in regards to entrepreneurship.

After we recorded the interview, AgroSpheres went on to win the Collegiate Inventors Competition. For an article about their victory click here.

AgroSpheres' Team includes: Dr. Mark Kester, Payam Pourtaheri, Ameer Shakeel, Shaun Moshasha, Joey Frank, Zach Davis, Zepehr Zomorodi, and Reese Blackwell.

Meriwether Startup Report is a series of conversations with founders and those who support startups here in Charlottesville.

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Client Questions: LinkedIn or Facebook?

Which tool should we use to promote our business?

Social media is pretty useful when it comes to getting the word out about your business. Too often, businesses try to spread themselves too thin, however, trying to manage a Facebook page, a LinkedIn page, a Twitter account, an Instagram account, a Pinterest profile, all on top of a website! It can be pretty overwhelming.

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Tech Tour Scheduled for October 11

CBIC’s annual Tech Tour is a day-long event that introduces area middle and high school students to our region’s technology companies and exposes students to the diverse career possibilities offered by our regional technology community.The program is designed to help youth envision themselves as technology innovators. Nearly 100% volunteer driven, each annual tour organizes upwards of 400 area middle and high school students who visit more than 70 technology related companies and organizations in a single day!

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Charlottesville: The Little Tech Engine that Could

Beyond the many accolades that are heaped on Charlottesville as a great place to live (happiest town in America, best place to live in the country, the most beautiful college campus in the US, one of the hippest mid-size towns … and the list goes on …), Charlottesville is emerging as a mini-tech powerhouse. From student entrepreneurs to startups to some of the fastest growing tech companies in America, Charlottesville’s tech scene is thriving.

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Catch Lightning in a Bottle: Startup Ideation

Not all napkin sketches turn into good ideas. But all good ideas started with the napkin sketch, or some simple means that allowed us to snatch the spark of innovation out of the ether and quickly pin it to the corporeal realm.

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