In 2020, Mid-Atlantic Broadband created the SOVA Innovation Hub non-profit in partnership with Microsoft TechSpark. The Innovation Hub brings together business and education partners to offer innovative programs that inspire people to pursue digital careers and entrepreneurship. Digital skill programs include: Linkedin Learning, Gener8tor Upskilling, Career Boost, and skills for teachers and families.
Join us on March 11th to learn about the exciting opportunities that the Innovation Hub will provide for our region. We will take a virtual tour of their 15,000 state-of-the-art facility in South Boston which includes a coworking space, training centers, and Microsoft Experience Center.
Date: March 11, 2021
Time: 12:00 – 1:00pm
Location: Virtual – Zoom Meetings
Lauren Mathena, Director of Economic Development and Community Engagement, MBC
Lauren Mathena represents Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation and the SOVA Innovation Hub to local and regional community and economic development partners. Lauren is a native of Pittsylvania County, graduate of Danville Public Schools, the University of Virginia, and Virginia Commonwealth University, where she earned a Master of Health Administration. She has also completed a Certificate of Entrepreneurship from the UVA School of Continuing Studies; the Basic Economic Development Course from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and the Technology Led Economic Development course from the International Economic Development Council. She currently serves on the boards for the Southern Piedmont Technology Council and the Science Museum of Virginia. She is a member of the Startup Champions Network and is actively involved in implementing best practices of ecosystem building through her work with the GO Virginia Region 3 Entrepreneurship and Innovation strategy and implementation.
Jeremy Satterfield, TechSpark Community Engagement Manager, Microsoft
In his role with Microsoft, Jeremy is implementing the TechSpark program in Southern Virginia, focusing on Halifax, Mecklenburg, Brunswick, Lunenburg, and Charlotte Counties. A livelong resident of SOVA, Jeremy is a graduate of Halifax County Schools and Longwood University. He began his career as a high school educator, where he taught marketing for three years, before moving to the Halifax hospital as the community outreach representative. From there, he joined Mid-Atlantic Broadband, where he dedicated six years to community engagement and special projects, including the Homework Gap Initiative, a TV white space pilot project in rural southern Virginia that helped bring connectivity to students in unserved and underserved areas. This experience in education, healthcare and telecommunications all supports his current work with TechSpark, which aims to support economic development through enhancing digital skills for job seekers and students and enabling digital transformation for businesses and organizations. Jeremy has enjoyed the opportunity to serve on various boards throughout the region, chambers of commerce, IDA’s, and educational foundations. Outside of work, he enjoys time with his wife, Kristy, and their three kids: Kylie, Kameron, and Lane.
Rebecca Stimson, Community Manager, SOVA Innovation Hub
Rebecca Stimson is the first face you see at the SOVA Innovation Hub. As Community Manager, she handles the daily operations of the coworking space and is involved with event planning, marketing, and programming at the SOVA Innovation Hub. Prior to moving to South Boston in fall 2020, she lived in the Shenandoah Valley and worked for local government in the environmental field – where she managed water quality planning and stormwater projects. Now, she enjoys being able to focus on community engagement, which is critical to achieving the SOVA Innovation Hub’s mission of sparking economic transformation in Southern Virginia. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Policy and Planning from Virginia Tech and is working towards her M.S. in Safety Management from West Virginia University.