UVA Launches Pan-University Entrepreneurship Initiative

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The University of Virginia provides a broad portfolio of courses, competitions, makerspaces, programs, people, and other resources to support the entrepreneur in you.


Over 40 Faculty and staff across Grounds are here to help you navigate your journey

Also, a universe of student organizations create community and connections to other students interested in entrepreneurship. With over 20,000 founders, the UVA alumni network is a strong platform for even further connections.


With over twenty maker spaces across Grounds, you will find the tools that you need

3D printing, scanning, CNC and laser cutting, metal and wood working, recording, robotics, virtual reality and more. MakerGrounds is a tremendous resource for finding and learning about Makerspaces, Shops, Labs, and other spaces for making at the University of Virginia—such as the FabLab at the Architecture School, the Scholar Labs TinkerTank, the Darden School's iLab, the Robertson Media Lab, the Lacy Student Experiential Center or elsewhere. 


The UVA Entrepreneurship Cup offers over $100,000 in awards to catalyze your big idea

Additionally, the $10 million Seed Fund, operated by the Licensing and Ventures Group, supports new ventures emerging from the UVA research portfolio. The Galant Challenge connects seed and early-stage ventures from the UVA community with potential investors. Beyond UVA, a network of angel groups and venture funds invest real capital in high potential companies.


There are over 75 entrepreneurship courses across the University

Undergraduates often start with the Startup Class (ENTP 1010) while grad students often begin their journey with Starting New Ventures or Entrepreneurial Thinking. You can pursue a Minor in Entrepreneurship or gain experience through the Patent and Entrepreneurial Law clinics.


Whether you are ready to launch your own company or simply work on an interesting project, there's a place for you

The iLab Incubator program, approaching its 25th year in operation, provides grant support, workspace, mentorship and more.  The Licensing and Ventures Group partners with faculty, researchers, and investors to bring innovations discovered at UVA to the marketplace. In town, the 434 accelerator supports early-stage, innovation-based companies based in Charlottesville area.


Want to know What's Happening when it comes to entrepreneurship at UVA?

Sign up for the UVA Entrepreneurship newsletter for a weekly update on the upcoming events, workshops, and other happenings—both on and beyond the Grounds of the University. 


2023 Entrepreneurship Cup

2023 ECUP Finalists
2023 ECUP Winners
2023 ECUP Winners
Entrepreneurship Cup Audience
2023 ECUP Audience
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2023 ECUP Audience Choice Award voting
Rithika Kormath (SEAS '23) and Haeley Wotnosky (McIntire '23)