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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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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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RVA Start-up Weekend to be hosted at VCU

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VCU Innovation Gateway has worked with local partners to bring RVA Start-up weekend to VCU.  Start-up Weekend is a 54-hour event that attracts 150-200 people from across greater Richmond.  The event opens on Friday night when attendees pitch their best ideas and inspire others to join their team.  Over Saturday and Sunday, teams focus on… Read more

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New Entrepreneurship Faculty Hire — Meet Jay Markiewcz


VCU School of Business recently hired Jay Markiewcz as the newest member of their Entrepreneurship Team.  Jay brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table in his new role.  He takes aim at bringing innovative learning experience to the classroom, growing entrepreneruship efforts for VCU and the School of Business, and strategically partnering… Read more

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A new approach: Students consult for local start-ups

In an effort to build VCU student-community relationships, enhance student learning and provide valuable resources to local start-ups, the students enrolled in MGMT 321 (Intro to Entrepreneurship) will be providing six weeks of consulting services for local start-ups.  This opportunity was made available through a partnership with Lighthouse Labs and two additional Richmond high growth… Read more

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VCU hosts Start-up Bootcamp to kick off school year


In mid-September, VCU Innovation Gateway teamed up with Lighthouse Labs and New Richmond Ventures to host VCU’s first annual Start-up Bootcamp.   With over 50 applicants, only 10 teams were selected to participate in this week-long program, designed to push students through a vigorous process for developing and validating business models.  Teams pitched their business model each morning,… Read more

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