Second-Year Student Runs a $100K Jewelry Empire

July 7, 2015


UVA Today - When most college students discuss their first job experiences, they usually hark back to things like waiting tables, keeping an eye on swimmers in the deep end or helping manage young campers. LeiLei Secor is a little different. A rising second-year student at the University of Virginia, she’s been her own boss since age 16, and she’s made more than $100,000 doing it. In the summer of 2012, Secor started Designed By Lei, an online shop on Etsy (an e-commerce hosting site focused on handmade and vintage items) that sells custom jewelry. What started as a way to earn some extra cash soon became a thriving business.

For the full story at UVA Today, click here.

Meet Sam Rosen: Founder of MakeSpace

May 27, 2015

Sam Rosen

If you live in a city, or a small apartment, you’ll evidently run into space issues. Your studio space just isn’t big enough to house both your winter and summer clothing, or maybe all those books you love but don’t want to read right now. MakeSpace goes behind a traditional storage unit – they pick up, store, and deliver your belongings, creating a seamless storage process that’s easy and painless for you. Founder Sam Rosen, a 2007 graduate of the McIntire School of Commerce, he has been involved in the founding of other companies before starting MakeSpace in January 2013.

Read the full story at HackCville Media.

At HackCville, Students Take Charge of Their Own Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

May 20, 2015

Three years after its inception, what began as the little “experiment on Elliewood” is now a thriving creative clubhouse for entrepreneurial University of Virginia students. hack_cville_group HackCville’s mission is simple: “We start people. Not ups.” Its goal is to help students use an entrepreneurial mindset to pursue their passions, whether that’s launching a new company or just mastering a new skill. Opened in 2012, the clubhouse has evolved from an ad hoc workspace on Elliewood Avenue for the entrepreneurial-minded into an innovative – and completely student-run – accelerator. This spring marks the group’s first full year of total student leadership. In that time, the club’s influence has expanded rapidly. Read the full story at UVA Today...

The 2014 NYC Startup Trip Video Recap

May 7, 2015

HackCville‘s annual New York City Startup Trip brings dozens of University of Virginiastudents to NYC to explore the startup scene and startup job opportunities. This entirely student-organized trip brings students from across majors and years up to the city to tour startup offices, meet with alumni, and attend Uncubed, NYC’s largest startup recruiting conference. Many students walk away with jobs or internships.

This video was also entirely created by student-filmed content, interviews, animations, and music.


Director: Daniel Willson
Speakers: Alyssa Dizon, Daniel Willson, Pedram Pejman, Stefanie Van Rafelghem, Will Robinson
Producers: Vishesh Choudhry, Hanna Polen, Caroline Weaver, Brian Mitchell, Ariel Kao, Brian O’Rourke
Effects: Max Chang
Sound Design: Harper McGrath

Thanks to our trip sponsors for making this possible:

  • Galant Center for Entrepreneurship
  • UVA School of Engineering
  • Social Entrepreneurship at UVA
  • College Council
  • University Career Services
  • WeWork
  • AlleyNYC
  • HackCville
  • HC Media
  • Entrepreneurship Group at UVA