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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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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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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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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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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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