VCU da Vinci Center colloborates with partners both on campus and throughout the community to explore solutions around current topics and trends in innovation. These workshop-style classes are open to all VCU students and free.
VCU’s Pre-Accelerator Program (Pre-X) is for students who want to turn their ideas into action. The goal of the program is to identify, support, and launch high growth and high potential startups and founders.
The Health Innovation Consortium (HIC) and the VCU da Vinci Center for Innovation have partnered to create a series of health care sprints. The groups had planned to launch a general sprint for Spring 2020 and have pivoted the focus to be on current challenges and opportunities. Driven by the ambiguity and uncertainty we face during this time, we choose to be actionable and invite all VCU students to join this sprint to explore solutions related to COVID-19 through health care and innovation.
Every year the da Vinci Center hosts VCU Demo Day to highlight student ventures and award prize money. This year VCU Pre-X and VCU Healthcare Innovation Sprint came together to compete for 2 top prizes of $5k and 2 People’s Choice Awards for $500. Eight teams from VCU Pre-X participated in a semester-long program to identify, support, and launch high growth and high potential startups and founders. And eight teams joined a 2-week Healthcare Innovation Sprint to explore solutions related to COVID-19 through health care and innovation.