Philippe Sommer

  • 2016 - Present -Founder/CEO CvilleTrep, LLC
  • 2005 - 2015 -Director iLab and Center for Entrepreneurial Leaders  -Senior Lecturer, Darden Graduate  School of Business, U. Virginia
    • Responsible for the experiential entrepreneurship program funded by the Batten Institute.
    • Ranked #3 by Financial Times 2016, # 5 Princeton Review 2013
    • Responsible for creating the UVA Cup
    • Created and ran the iLab Incubator with MJ Toms and Kathy Carr.
    • Created, with Debbie White, the physical space known as the iLab & iLab Incubator.
  • 1999 - 2005 -Founder Alsacia & Sommer, Inc. 
    • Advised early stage Med-Tech Companies on Strategy, M & A, Competitive Analysis and Funding Strategies.
    • Founder Sentek. Developer of Non-invasive blood glucose devices for diabetics
  • 1987 - 1998 -Founder and Managing Partner of WestMed Venture Partners, CIBC/Oppenheimer, Corp. affiliated Life-Sciences Venture Capital Fund.
    • Raised $50million Venture Capital Fund.
  • 1982 - 1986 Director of Business Development Pfizer, Inc. Hospital Products Group
    • Managed over $200million in Mergers and Acquisition transactions domestically and internationally.
  • 1980 - 1982 -Associate Booz Allen & Hamilton Inc.
    • Health and Medical Practice


1979  Columbia University, MBA - Finance

1974  Amherst College, BA - cum laude -Neuroscience



  • 2017 - Present: Director Wildrock
    • Wildrock is a nature play and discovery center outside Charlottesville, Virginia.
  • 2012 - Present: Director & Faculty Community Investment Collaborative (CIC)
    • CIC is a startup micro-financing, educational and mentoring organization in Charlottesville, VA.
  • 2016 - Present: Member Charlottesville Angel Network (CAN)
  • 2005 - Present: Member of the iLab Incubator selection committee, and mentor.
  • Served on the boards of: SpermCheck, Inc;  Phthisis Diagnostics, Inc
  • While at UVA served on several UVa committees: Darden Scholarship Committee; Darden Incubator Admissions Committee; Coulter Foundation Grant to the Biomedical Engineering Department; NanoSTAR Institute (nanotechnology); Buchanan Endowment Program of the Medical School; Launch Pad Fund supporting diabetes research; several search committees within the University.