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VCU’s Next Big Idea Challenge

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What:   VCU Innovation Gateway has kicked off its second annual Next Big Idea Challenge.  The competition is for anyone at VCU who has an innovative idea for, or is already working on development of a new technology, product, service or company.   Why:  We want to celebrate and showcase VCU’s innovative community. Who:  This online competition is open to all students,… Read more

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TEDxVCU to be held on November 15th


TEDxVCU is an independent student-lead event taking place onNovember 15th from 10:30am-5:30pm at the Altria Theater.  The conference is expected to draw 1,000+ people and include 4 student speakers, 7 VCU faculty, and at least 3 VCU alumni.   For a full list of speakers, details about TEDxVCU’s 2014 conference, and more information regarding our student team,… Read more

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VCU Hosts Y Combinator Sessions


VCU’s Innovation Gateway, the Brandcenter, and Gather RVA are teaming up to bring an amazing opportunity to the Greater Richmond community!  We’d like your help spreading the word. Sam Altman, President of Y Combinator, the #1 startup accelerator in the world, is launching a new class called How to Start a Startup. The class is designed to… Read more

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VCU Professor starts father-son business


Ken Kahn, director of VCU’s da Vinci Center, was recently featured in local news for his father-son start-up.  The Kahns launched Roundabound Pretzels in September, a startup that’s looking to tap into the growing Richmond beer scene by selling soft pretzels at area breweries and festivals.The business was inspired by 14-year-old Michael’s desire to make… Read more

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VCU Engineering Students win San Francisco hackathon


A team of three Virginia Commonwealth University students in the School of Engineering teamed up to win $10,000 in a San Francisco hackathon for designing an innovative mobile app that makes it easier for salespeople to pull up customers’ information while talking on the phone.Read more

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Startup-Next Pre-Acceleration Program

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In collaboration with 804RVA, VCU Innovation Gateway will host a Startup Next pre-accelerator program.   Startup Next is designed for entrepreneurs who are focused on taking their idea or business to the next level.  It’s an intense mentorship program consisting of 3 hour weekly (once a week) sessions for five weeks. Teams are expected to hustle… Read more

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New entrepreneurial space opens at VCU

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The da Vinci Center at Virginia Commonwealth University will unveil its 3,500-square-foot new home on Oct. 1, providing entrepreneurial-minded VCU students with expanded space to design, develop and prototype their ideas and innovations. Read more

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Kauffman Foundations 1 Million Cups program Launches on Campus


VCU School of Arts and VCU Innovation Gateway have teamed up with RVAWorks, and a number of community partners to host the Kauffman Foundations 1 Million Cups (1MC) program on campus.  Each week, the 1MC program invites a local entrepreneur to talk about their start-up journey and share his/her experience.  The event allows RVA entrepreneurs to connect with each other on a regular basis in… Read more

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Startup Weekend ends with investment

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This year RVA Start-up weekend, which was hosted on VCU’s campus, had a very happy ending.  During the awards ceremony, one of the event’s judges, Ting Xu, founder and president of Evergreen Enterprises, invested $10,000 in the winning team, Simplixity.  Over the weekend, Simplixity designed a working prototype of a new patient registration system for doctors’ offices… Read more

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