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Trustee gives $1 million for iZone at UR library

A $1 million gift to the University of Rochester River Campus Libraries will create a new technology-rich workspace designed to foster the development of young entrepreneurs, officials announced Monday.

UR trustee Barbara Burger committed $1 million to create the iZone, a collaborative space that will provide students with resources to explore their ideas and develop innovative projects for community and economic impact.

Upon completion, the space is to be dedicated as the Barbara J. Burger iZone at the River Campus Libraries. It will be located on the ground floor of Rush Rhees Library, officials said.  Pilot initiatives include an entrepreneurs-in-residence program; professional development workshops; and a match-making program that connects students with services, mentors and project partners.

“I am truly honored to play a part in the creation of the iZone,” said Burger, who was appointed to the board of trustees in May. “The iZone will be a collaborative environment that gives people with ideas, passions and complementary skills the programs and resources they need to turn their visions into plans and, ultimately, actions.”

Burger is president of Houston-based Chevron Technology Ventures, an organization focused on identifying and integrating into Chevron Corp. innovative, externally developed technologies that yield strategic and financial value to the corporation. She graduated from UR in 1983.

(c) 2015 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email rbj@rbj.net.

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