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Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation


Innovation — cultivating discovery, creativity, originality, inventiveness and talent — is a core value of VCU.

As a premier urban, public research university, VCU serves the local, regional and global communities by translating innovation created at VCU to the marketplace for the public’s benefit. Commercialization is frequently the most efficient path to market and one that contributes to regional economic development.

VCU has two units that support commercialization of innovation: Innovation Gateway and VCU Ventures. Innovation Gateway has exclusive responsibility for evaluation of protectability and commercial potential, marketing and licensing of technologies to existing companies and startups.

Innovation Gateway
A full-service technology transfer office exclusively responsible for protecting, marketing, licensing and commercializing VCU inventions; promoting industry engagement and economic development; and providing education about intellectual property and commercialization.
VCU Ventures
Supports the commercialization of faculty and staff technologies through startups. The office's interdisciplinary team builds programs, delivers hands-on guidance and leverages its ecosystem partnerships to create new businesses around VCU innovations.

Contact us

Innovation Gateway
General inquiries
(804) 828-5188

Ivelina Metcheva, Ph.D., MBA
Senior executive director
Innovation Gateway
(804) 828-5188

VCU Ventures
Nicole Monk, MBA
VCU Ventures

(804) 828-4200

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