UVA Innovation & Entrepreneurship

UVA Innovation & Entrepreneurship

The following resources, organizations, and pan-university institutes support a shared goal to catalyze entrepreneurial efforts among students, alumni, faculty and staff, both on and beyond Grounds.

*Denotes UVA LVG direct involvement 

Faculty Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Office of the Vice President for Research

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3 Cavaliers

3 Cavaliers is a rapid seed-funding program that enables creative, collaborative, consequential research ideas. The 3C program provides support for groups of three collaborative faculty members spread across at least two disparate disciples, located in different units or schools, to self-assemble, formulate and explore create, high-risk, high-payoff interdisciplinary research ideas that might not be ready for more traditional funding.

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OpenGrounds connects the University, the Charlottesville community, and global partners to develop the knowledge, tools, and behaviors that will shape the future. Inspiring action across boundaries within and beyond the University, OpenGrounds builds creative, collaborative partnerships between individuals and institutions to generate innovative solutions for critical societal needs.

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ResearchNet is a cross-Grounds initiative funded by the Strategic Investment Fund with the objective of assisting faculty in discovery of opportunities for external support of their research, and to assist faculty in finding potential collaborators across Grounds.

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Translational Health Institute of Virginia (THRIV)*

THRIV is UVA’s front door for researchers—regardless of experience, background or discipline—to connect with potential partners, funding resources, and regulatory and compliance guidance. 

Entrepreneurship and Business

The mission of the Entrepreneurship and Business programs in the School of Engineering and Applied Science is to enable every engineering student to have the opportunity to integrate entrepreneurial and business studies into their technical degree programs.

Faculty Labs and Groups

In research labs and groups across UVA Engineering, faculty and students make discoveries and disseminate their breakthroughs across the globe.

National Science Foundation I-Corps Site*

UVA has been named a NSF I-Corps Site – one of 89 such sites at universities across the nation – to develop commercial products from federally funded research. Funding helps train teams of students, faculty and community businesses to inspire effective innovation and entrepreneurial thinking.

Off Grounds


UVA Research Park

Drug discovery, radar technology, and injury biomechanics are just a few of the research developments happening every day at the University of Virginia Research Park.

By providing state-of-the-art facilities and working in tandem with the University of Virginia, local economic development partnerships, and the region’s top employers, the UVA Research Park serves as a catalyst for the creation and enhancement of research and business collaboration for the economic and societal benefit of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Central Virginia region, and the nation.


Grounds on the Go

Sponsored by the UVA Research Park and the UVA Applied Research Institute, Grounds on the Go brings UVA’s most prominent scholars to the Charlottesville community for lively presentations on timely projects.

Student Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Graduate and undergraduate courses, resources, and organizations can be found across the various Schools at the University for UVA students involved in innovation and entrepreneurial activities.

Galant Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The Galant Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation helps encourage, educate, and empower students to take on crucial roles in the new venture community. The center develops and supports courses, competitions, events, and student groups in an effort to catalyze entrepreneurial activity not only within the McIntire School, but across Grounds and beyond. 

Entrepreneurship Minor

Open to all undergraduate students at the University, regardless of School, the entrepreneurship minor prepares students to play crucial roles in the new venture community. The program provides an education in and experience with the tools, techniques, and transformations involved in new venture deployment.

Entrepreneurship and Business

The Entrepreneurship and Business programs at SEAS enable every engineering student to have the opportunity to integrate entrepreneurial and business studies into their technical degree program.

Engineering Business Minor

The Engineering Business Minor provides engineering undergraduate students the opportunity to learn how modern business organizations function. Students learn business concepts and language needed to work and contribute effectively in the corporate world.

Pike Engineering Entrepreneurship Fellows Program

The Pike Fellows Program provides support and guidance for early-stage UVA student entrepreneurial projects that are based on developing or commercializing novel technology developed using the resources of UVA or the Charlottesville network. 

BME Going Pro

The Biomedical Engineering program provides graduate students with hands-on experience to pursue a career in industry by providing an internship, mentoring, and professional development.

Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

The Batten Institute seeks to improve society by creating knowledge about the transformative power of entrepreneurship and innovation by cultivating principles, entrepreneurial leaders. Batten supports a diverse portfolio of research projects, MBA program offerings, and scholarships to encourage the creation of knowledge and cultivation of leaders.

Innovation & Entrepreneurship MBA Curriculum

Darden’s experiential programs for entrepreneurs include a business incubator, funded internships, innovative hands-on courses, competitions and intensive “boot camps” designed for students interested in topics such as venture capital, start-ups, and health care-related ventures.

Due Diligence in Seed Fund Course*

Led by Bob Creeden, Managing Director of the UVA LVG Seed Fund & New Ventures, Due Diligence in Seed Funds is a course available to second-year business students interested in venture capital. Using real examples from the Fund’s pipeline, Creeden teaches an industry proven due diligence process to assess the viability of investments under consideration.

Entrepreneurial Law Clinic 

The Entrepreneurial Law Clinic involves instruction and practical training on advising startup companies and drafting basic corporate documentation. As part of the clinic, law students work with entrepreneurs who are starting new companies, such as Darden students participating in the i.Lab program.

Patent Law and Licensing Clinic*

The UVA LVG legal team leads two patent and licensing clinics through the UVA School of Law that offer students hands-on experience with learning how and when to file patents and draft licensing agreements. Students in the clinic work at LVG once a week and learn directly from our in-house intellectual property attorneys.

Student Competitions

The University organizes major new venture competitions that connect student entrepreneurs with seed capital.

Entrepreneurship Cup 

The UVA E-Cup is a University wide annual $100,000 three-part competition open to all UVA undergraduates, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows.

  • Stage I: Concept
  • Stage II: Discovery
  • Stage III: Launch!

Galant Challenge

The Galant Challenge connects seed-stage ventures from the UVA community with potential investors. Individual angel investors and seed capital firms who regularly invest in seed-stage startups connect with, evaluate, and when the opportunity is compelling, invest in participating ventures. The competition is open to ventures founded by any UVA graduate or individual affiliated with UVA. To date, the Galant Challenge has resulted in nearly $1 million of venture investments.

Pike Technology Showcase

Participants in the Pike Fellow Program are invited to present their year-long project at a showcase event where the student teams compete for the $50,000 Pike Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Student Organizations

For a full list of student organizations dedicated to entrepreneurship and innovation, please visit: https://entrepreneurship.virginia.edu/communities