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Meet the MPI – Barrett Peters

Meet current MPI student, Barrett Peters! Barrett is formally trained as a pediatric dentist and owned his own multi-location dental specialty practice for a decade. Outside of patient care, he has devoted much of his time advocating for children at the state and federal level and serving his professional organizations in various leadership capacities. Prior to […]

Meet the MPI – Jerica Simmons

Meet current MPI student, Jerica Simmons! Jerica has an bachelor’s degree in Sociology. She is currently working on developing her physical prototyping skills by creating a product for locs, Cultivated Coil: Loc Detox Tool. Jerica has a background in creating impactful change through non-profit work. Jerica enjoys spending time with friends and exploring local Virginia […]

Meet the MPI – Luke Florio

Meet current MPI student, Luke Florio! Luke has a dual bachelor’s degree in Visual Art and Architecture. He is currently working on developing his business, Creative Correspondence, which focuses on making meaningful communication more common and easier than ever before. Luke enjoys spending his free time with friends. You will often find him riding his […]

Combining documentary and animation, Kiara Brown inventively explores family history and Vietnamese medicineVCU da Vinci Center student combines arts and research for artistic oral history project on Richmond locations.

VCU da Vinci Center for Innovation student combines arts and research for artistic oral history project on Richmond locations.Combining documentary and animation, Kiara Brown inventively explores family history and Vietnamese medicineVCU da Vinci Center student combines arts and research for artistic oral history project on Richmond locations. For someone who’s been on the dean’s list […]

Meet the MPI – Mason Miles

Meet current MPI student, Mason Miles! Mason has an bachelor’s degree in Marketing. He owns his own clothing line, Dress For Yourself, focused on promotion self love and the fight against insecurities. Mason is also a talented cartoonist and has written and illustrated comics for Dress For Yourself. Mason enjoys taking walks and reading in […]

Meet the MPI – Cael Parker

Meet current MPI student, Cael Parker! Cael has a bachelor’s degree in Sculpture and Extended Media. She facilitates the Shelfie Program and leads daily operations in SHIFT Retail Lab. Cael was the primary instructor for an 8-week Figma class and co-instructor for an 8-week Adobe class. She is skilled in project management, physical prototyping, and […]

Meet the MPI – Dane Nielson

Meet current MPI student, Dane Nielson! Dane has an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering. He is well-versed in coding and is skilled in prototyping, building, and crafting using a variety of tools and machinery. You can often find him in the da Vinci Center South Maker Space providing training on the equipment including the 3D […]

This ‘hidden gem’ of a city wants the tech world to take notice

Although it’s home to 11 Fortune 1,000 companies, Richmond, Va., has a ‘modesty problem’ A hidden gem in the Mid-Atlantic region has plenty to brag about, if it could only muster a bit of braggadocio. Although it’s home to 11 Fortune 1,000 companies, including CarMax Inc. KMX, -1.49%, Arko Corp. ARKO, -0.69%, Markel Group Inc. […]

VCU students and alums deliver the entrepreneurial pitch at Demo Day

From a car sun visor to a language translation system – and with healthy pet treats in between – the eighth annual Demo Day at the da Vinci Center for Innovation on April 19 showcased the impressive breadth of student and alumni entrepreneurship at Virginia Commonwealth University. As seen on TV’s “Shark Tank” program, Demo […]

Demo Day 2024

This past Friday, April 19, was VCU da Vinci Center’s Demo Day. VCU students, alumni, and community members all joined the stage to pitch their ideas, projects, prototypes, and businesses. There was a wide range of businesses and products including, board games, water bottle advertisements, organic and sustainable pet treats, and more! After the engaging […]

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