VCU is a Venture Creation University.
Virginia Commonwealth University is the place where you can make it real. We believe students have the power to turn ideas into a solution that makes the world a better place. And we’re not the only one who believes in our students. Check out these partners — here in Richmond and around the world — who are investing in VCU students:
- Clinton Global Initiative
- European Innovation Academy
- Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, Va.
- Science Museum of Virginia
- National Federation of Teaching Entrepreneurship
VCU’s da Vinci Center helps you get a start.
We believe in you, and we want you to succeed. The da Vinci Center will support and guide you through the entrepreneurial journey. Here are just a few of the programs:
Live it and learn it in this program. INNOVATE is a living-learning program that equips you to become an entrepreneur and launch new ventures and products.
Each semester, VCU students compete for stipends to participate in an intense three-month program to guide them through the challenging early stages of building a startup.
We created a space for student entrepreneurs to work, collaborate, find resources and receive guidance to help make their endeavors a success.
Richmond is one of the “Best Cities Regardless of Size for Startups” according to Southern Business and Development.
- 58% students involved in entrepreneurial or innovation activities
- 15% students start companies while at VCU
- $1 million+ total revenue, grants and investments generated by student start-ups in one year.
How Flight, a VCU student-led craft beer delivery startup, is getting off the ground Read more[View Image]
Female student posing with her laptop
Power of big data
Student’s startup aims to halt famine, food insecurity in Africa Read more[View Image]
a male student holding a box with a sneaker on top of it
VCU student-led startup companies bring in more than $1 million Read more[View Image]
Three women, one in a lab coat, working on iPads and laptops
Pass it on
Entrepreneurial students and alumni are paying it forward by hiring VCU students to work at their startups Read more[View Image]