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VCU Inventor takes entrepreneurial sabbatical


VCU inventor and faculty member Everett Carpenter will be taking a 6 month sabbatical to focus on new start-up company, Nanofoundry.   A Spin-off of VCU, the company is developing a low-cost alternative to rare earth-based magnets based on proprietary nanoparticle materials and related manufacturing technology.  The market potential for Nanofoundry’s technology is at least one billion dollars (2014), initially… Read more

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da Vinci Center announces Venture Creation Competition winners


VCU da Vinci Center hosted its third annual Venture Creation Competition in late April.  This competition is the University’s annual business plan competition, where students from all over the University compete for prizes.  Karen Hymes of VCU Brand Center took first prize in the graduate category with Tagather, an online social shopping platform.  Calvin Peterson, Kaitlin Taylor, Wallace Pitts… Read more

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VCU students wins People Choice Award at i.e.* finals


Sixteen companies competed for the top prize at this year’s i.e. competition, hosted by Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce.  Cush, a project by four Virginia Commonwealth University students to develop a cushion that will reduce pressure ulcers, won an audience vote for the People’s Choice award, which carries a $2,500 prize.  Calvin Peterson, a member… Read more

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VCU students show off RVA ecosystem


  This month VCU’s four entrepreneurial student clubs banded together to hosted their UVA counterparts for a tour of RVA’s entrepreneurial community. The tour included visits to local start-ups, incubators, and co-working spaces, including Nectar, Lumiary, Coffitivity, Veri, Poesis, Vinylmint, and more. The afternoon ended with at a networking event at 804RVA, which was sponsored… Read more

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VCU students design Kickstarter Campaign for local start-up


ArtUp, one of VCU’s entrepreneurial student clubs worked with local craftsman, Brian Lopez, to provide assistance with branding his company, Glide Skateboards.  The group also worked to design and launch a kickstarter campaign for Brian.  Glide is a start-up company that makes skateboards from reclaimed material – check out the campaign here.

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The Next Big Idea Competition


The Next Big Idea Competition is here! Tap into your entrepreneurial side by coming up with an idea that offers beneficial value to the marketplace, society, environment, community, campus life, etc.

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TEDxVCU “open mic night” draws a crowd

TEDxVCU openmic

March 2014:   Planned for November 15th, TEDxVCU is a student-run and student-led event that aims to showcase VCU innovation and stimulate connection and conversations around ideas.   Planning activities kicked off this month with two open mic nights, which allowed any VCU student the opportunity to give a 2 minutes pitch on what their TEDxVCU talk would be about.   The… Read more

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VCU Opens Prototyping Lab


Feb 2014:  VCU School of Engineering has opened a collaborative project and prototyping facility, called Translational Research Innovation Projects (TRIP), to assist in moving research projects into prototype development and toward commercialization.  The facility includes collaborative spaces for engineering and medical campus faculty to brainstorm design concepts, work on early stage prototypes and refine presentations for… Read more

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New Student Club focused on Social Entrepreneurship

Net Impact

Feb 2014:  The newly established “Net Impact” Student club held its first meeting this month – discussions focused on bringing social entrepreneurship, impact investing, and sustainability to the limelight at VCU.  Contact club leader to get involved! 

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