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Student Groups

Alpha Kappa Psi

A co-ed professional business fraternity affiliated to the McIntire School of Commerce.

Computer and Network Security Club

Club for students interested in software, network, hardware, and application security. Engages in security competitions as a club, host interesting speakers, develop security tools and challenges, and leverage industry connections.

Darden Business Innovation & Design Club (DBID)

The Darden Business Innovation & Design Club exists to foster a community around, promote the ideals of, and encourage career paths that incorporate design methodologies in leading business organizations.

Darden Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital (EVC)

Darden's forum for sharing and gaining ideas about starting and building new ventures. The Club provides an opportunity to meet successful entrepreneurs, sponsors educational lectures on the many facets of starting a business, helps students formulate business plans for the spring Business Plan Competition, and assists students in career searches.

Darden Technology Club (DTC)

Industry-oriented club dedicated to connecting members to opportunities at tech companies, providing industry knowledge from thought leaders, offering hands on skills training, and providing mentorship and recruiting support.

Enactus

At Enactus, students apply business skills to community projects to address social, economic, and environmental concerns both in Charlottesville and in the greater global community.

Forge

Forge is a community-owned school that prepares you for today's world with the life and tech skills you need to succeed.

Girls Who Code at UVA

Girls Who Code at the University of Virginia (UVA) is a College Loop of the nationwide Girls Who Code nonprofit organization. GWC at UVA aims to close the gender gap in technology by creating opportunities for young women to explore technology.

HooHacks

HooHacks is a team of UVA students who run HooHacks, Virginia's biggest hackathon and one of the 50 biggest collegiate hackathons in the US. HooHacks also plans Ideathon, a tech entrepreneurship networking event.

Jefferson Startup Network (JSN)

JSN connects driven UVA undergraduate students with projects at exciting West Coast startups. Aims to educate students from the start of their collegiate careers about the startup space and give them opportunities to connect with current entrepreneurs in cutting-edge spaces.

Machine Learning Club at UVA

Educates future academics and industry professionals in the field of Machine Learning. Hosts workshops, guest speakers, and ML projects

Nano and Emerging Technologies Club (NExT)

NExT is devoted to raising awareness of current research and potential applications of nano and emerging technologies, building an interdisciplinary community of students interested in technologies of the future, facilitating interaction with faculty and industry, and promoting science and engineering innovation.

Student Game Developers (SGD)

SGD is a student-run organization focused on creating original games and expanding knowledge about game design as an art and industry.

The UVA Entrepreneurship Groupme

A group chat of students and advisors within UVA's entrepreneurship community.

UVA Solar Car Team

Providing experiential learning and representing UVA through designing, building, and racing a solar-powered car

Virginia Entreprenuerial Society (VES)

UVa's central undergraduate community for entrepreneurship. Hosts community hangouts, speaker events, and more.

Virginia Law Emerging Companies and Venture Capital Society

ECVC is the Law School’s hub for entrepreneurship. Aims to support entrepreneurial initiatives across Grounds, connect law students with students from other schools interested in entrepreneurship, and more.

Virginia Venture Fund (VVF)

A club that provides undergraduates the opportunity to learn about the venture capital process, helps venture capital firms conduct due diligence, and invests in early-stage startup ideas. By engaging in due diligence work and actively investing alongside established venture capital firms, students obtain real-world experience that simply cannot be gained inside a classroom.

Women's Entrepreneurship at UVA

A group for early-stage projects and startups led by women entrepreneurs at UVA. Provides a community of female founders with the support, guidance, and resources they need to build successful, sustaining ventures.

Women in Computing Sciences (WiCS)

WiCS supports, celebrates, and encourages the growing community of women in computing. Aims to raise awareness of issues faced by women in technology, in addition to inspiring women to explore educational and professional opportunities in the field through mentorship and service.

Works in Progress

A community of students and alumni across the University of Virginia who are internally motivated to live and breathe our work in pursuing an entrepreneurial project (a high-growth startup, an impactful non-profit, a new device, a new club, etc).

University Resources

Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

The Batten Institute seeks to improve society by creating knowledge about the transformative power of entrepreneurship and innovation and by cultivating principled, entrepreneurial leaders.

Entrepreneurial Law Clinic

The Entrepreneurial Law Clinic at the Law School works in partnership with the Darden School of Business, which houses the MBA program at the University, to provide pro bono legal assistance to ventures participating in the Darden Business Incubator.

Entreprenuership Minor

The Entrepreneurship Minor connects entrepreneurship efforts among multiple schools at the University of Virginia through a coordinated and collective curriculum. You can choose one of three concentrations within the minor.

Galant Center for Entreprenuership

Mission is to encourage, educate, and empower students---past and present---to take on crucial roles in the new venture community, thereby impacting positively the world in which we live and creating value of all kinds.

Licensing & Ventures Group (LVG)

LVG's mission is to reinvigorate and grow the University's intellectual property and business development pipeline.

Makerspace Map

A site for finding resources and learning about Makerspaces, Shops, Labs, and other spaces for making at the University of Virginia.

NSF I-Corps at UVA

Offers a proof-of-concept program that accelerates the pace of moving funded research towards commercialization. The program teaches the essentials of the Business Model Canvas and how to complete effective customer discovery (not sales). Program participants can apply for up to $2,700 in grant funding to conduct customer discovery, market research or purchase supplies to create a prototype. Successful completion of the I-Corps Site program positions teams to apply to the NSF National I-Corps Program, an intensive seven-week program that provides up to $50,000 in grant funding.

Social Entrepreneurship (SE)@UVA

The SE program that creates opportunities for students to learn about and minor in social entrepreneurship.

Startup Seminar

The Startup Seminar is designed to provide a background in the challenges faced by the founders and funders of new ventures. The seminars are open to current students within any of the graduate programs at the University of Virginia. The weekly sessions are a mix of case discussions, workshops, and guest panels covering a range of topics: problem identification, design thinking, market context, hypothesis-driven prototypes, business models, investor presentations, founders agreements, intellectual property, sources of funding, etc.

UVA Career Center: Propel

Propel is a 10-week program run by the Career Center designed to provide rising 4th and 3rd year UVA students with an opportunity to participate in team-based projects sourced through employer partners and local Charlottesville start-ups.

UVA Dev Hub

Initiative for members of the UVA community to collaborate on applications and solutions that benefit grounds

Accelerators & Incubators

Catalyst Accelerator

Long-format accelerator, providing early-stage startups in central Virginia with nine months of program support, including: $20,000 in grant funding, dedicated workspace, experienced founders-in-residence, monthly programming, dedicated staff, a large network of industry experts, and access to nearly $50,000 in additional resources.

Darden iLab Incubator

The i.Lab Incubator provides a goal-oriented, guided-learning program for student founders of innovative ventures. The incubator is an initiative of the Batten Institute at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, which has sponsored an early-stage, summer incubator program for over twenty years.

ENTP 4000: Launch

An accelerator that counts as class credit. Students in groups further develop over the course of a semester a venture of their own design.

Pike Engineering Entreprenuership Fellows

Pike Engineering Entrepreneurship Fellows Program provides funding and intensive support, guidance and mentorship for early-stage University of Virginia student entrepreneurial projects that were based on developing or commercializing some form of novel technology. In a culminating event, the student teams compete for the $50,000 Pike Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Hackathons and Competitions

Girls Hoo Hack

Girls Hoo Hack is a virtual 48-hour hackathon hosted by Girls Who Code at UVA that aims to foster a community of diverse thought and skill. Coders of all levels of experience have the opportunity to work together with teams and mentors, attend educational workshops, and code action-oriented projects that reflect innovation, diverse perspectives, and empowerment.

HooHacks

UVA's largest hackathon. A 24-hour tech event for teams of students to learn new skills, build cool tech projects, and meet tons of other students and tech professionals.

The Galant Challenge

The Galant Center’s annual “Shark Tank”-type pitch competition connects compelling seed- and early-stage ventures from the UVA community with potential investors. In recent years, this exciting event has successfully funded ventures with almost $5 million in capital.

UVA Entrepreneurship Cup (E-Cup)

Compete to pitch an idea in the Concept stage (October/November) to win up to $1,000. Pitch your MPV in the Discovery stage (February) to win up to $5,000. Pitch your fully launched startup in the Launch stage (March/April) to win up to $20,000.

Notable Courses

ARCH 2070 Into to Designing and Thinking

COMM 4381 Developing and Managing Innovative Products

COMM 3790 Venture Capital and Emerging Firms

COMM 4680 Entrepreneurship

COMM 4681 Entrepreneurship Track Capstone

ENTP 1010 Startup: An Introduction to Entrepreneurship

ENTP 4000 Launch

LPPS 3050 Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship

STS 2810 Introduction to Technology Entrepreneurship

STS 2830 Startup Operations for Entrepreneurs

STS 4110 The Business of New Product Development

Funding

Contrary

Contrary is a university-focused venture fund investing up to $2M in emerging startups launching from the university scene around the US.

CAV Angels

A non-profit organization housing the only angel group specifically catered towards UVA alumni. CAV Angels' mission is to provide education on investment in private, early stage companies to members of the UVA family, and to facilitate investment by members of the organization in early stage growth companies founded by members of the UVA family.

Charlottesville Angel Network

An independent group of nearly 70 accredited investors and family offices focused in Charlottesville. Individually and collectively eager to apply their skills and put their connections and capital to work to help entrepreneurs succeed.

Dorm Room Fund

DRF provides connection to a powerful investor network, world-class mentors, and a $40,000 check to student ventures.

Jefferson Trust

Jefferson Trust provides grants to people affiliated with UVA working on initiatives which positively impact the student experience and UVA community. The Trust's Annual Cycle provides $10,000 to over $300,000 in funding with proposals due by October. The Trust's Flash Funding Cycle starts each January, accepting proposals up to $10,000, and awards grants on a month-to-month basis.

LVG Seed Fund

The LVG Seed Fund supports new ventures emerging from the UVA research portfolio. Managed by the UVA Licensing & Ventures Group, the $10 million LVG Seed Fund is uniquely positioned to assess new ventures created from UVA research ideas and discoveries.

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