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Amy Zelvin

White House CTO Aneesh Chopra; Celgene Corporation’s Robert Hugin; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Shirley Ann Jackson; Fortress Investment Group’s Daniel Mudd; KIVA’s Premal Shah and Union Square Ventures’ Albert Wenger all scheduled to participate to exclusively live stream the Summit’s signature event- the Rotunda Dialogue

Englewood Cliffs, NJ, October 7, 2011 – CNBC, first in business worldwide, will serve as the official media partner for the Jefferson Innovation Summit, which begins on Tuesday, October 11 and takes place at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. Hosted by the Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at UVA’s Darden School of Business, this invitation-only event will bring together a constellation of the brightest minds in business, government, media, academia and the arts to grapple with how best to create and sustain a society of entrepreneurs and innovators.

Tyler Mathisen, co-anchor of CNBC’s Power Lunch (1:00-2:00 p.m. ET) and Vice President for Strategic Editorial Initiatives, will be broadcasting live from Charlottesville on Tuesday, October 11. Mathisen will also serve as the moderator of the Jefferson Innovation Summit’s signature event, the Rotunda Dialogue. Produced by Fred Friendly Seminars in collaboration with CNBC, the Rotunda Dialogue will be a unique exchange among a select number of delegates as they work through a provocative hypothetical scenario highlighting the challenges of strengthening a nation’s innovative capacity and entrepreneurial ecosystem.

The Rotunda Dialogue is modeled on the award-winning Fred Friendly Seminars, created by the late president of CBS News and producer for Edward R. Murrow. In a seminar, a diverse group of participants are asked to respond to a fact-based hypothetical scenario. Participants are given no scripts or materials to prepare. Instead, with guidance from an experienced moderator - in this instance Mathisen - they work through the decisions the scenario presents, taking on roles consistent with those they play in real life. The Rotunda Dialogue will be both streamed live and archived on at Via social chat, users are also invited to conduct their own real-time virtual "dialogue" around the very same hypothetical scenario being tackled by the Jefferson Innovation Summit delegates. This conversation will appear alongside the live stream in the video player.

Additional participants expected at the Jefferson Innovation Summit include Scott Case, CEO of Startup America Partnership; John Abele, co-founder of Boston Scientific; Bill Hawkins, former CEO of Medtronic; and Robert Litan of the Kauffman Foundation and Brookings Institution. A complete list of confirmed delegates and additional information about the Summit is available here:

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