CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Nov. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The W.L. Lyons Brown III i.Lab at UVA, an initiative of the Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, is pleased to announce the inaugural winner of the Kathryne Carr Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence. Suz Somersall, founder of KiraKira, received the award in recognition of her commitment and service to the larger community in developing an online platform for engaging girls in engineering and design. The award, which includes a grant of at least $25,000, was created last year in memory of Kathryne "Kathy" Carr — the first director of the i.Lab Incubator program — and is presented annually to the i.Lab founder who best represents Kathy's commitment to community and entrepreneurial excellence, as well as Kathy's inspired generosity, passion, perseverance and moxie. "The Kathryne Carr award was developed to inspire and financially support entrepreneurial leaders to build their ventures," said Jason Brewster, i.Lab incubator director. "We're pleased to recognize Suz for this award, and we look forward to honoring i.Lab entrepreneurs who are making a difference in their industries and communities in years to come." "Kathy invested deeply in people and the founders she mentored continue to benefit from her wisdom, counsel and generosity," said MJ Toms, director of education and experiential learning at the Batten Institute. "Suz took Kathy's counsel and ran with it, and she is now building a venture aimed at inspiring more girls to pursue STEM-related interests and fields. Suz continues to pay forward her commitment to the community by working with many students from UVA and local schools while taking her venture to a national and global stage."