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Meadowbrook High student entrepreneurs win funding at Shark Tank event at Shift Retail Lab

The Meadowbrook Academy for Developing Entrepreneurs (MADE) kicked off their inaugural Shark Tank event hosted at the VCU da Vinci Center Shift Retail Lab. Meadowbrook High’s Shark Tank project began at the start of the 2021-22 school year, when the Chesterfield Education Foundation connected the Meadowbrook Academy for Developing Entrepreneurs with a Fund for Entrepreneurial […]

VCU Demo Day 2022 Awards

Thank you to those that were able to participate in our first in-person Demo Day and livestream since 2019! It was a rousing success for us at da Vinci. Congratulations to the teams that earned Seed Funding Awards! C’est La Vie, Entrepreneur: Yosef Mirakov CohenKBHealth, Entrepreneur: Amir BehdaniNoodlers, Entrepreneur: Peyton SpanglerBetter2Gether, presented by entrepreneurs: Bella Lubinskas, Brenna […]

VCU da Vinci Center Announces Grand Opening of Shift Retail Lab at VCU

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lloyd Youngyoungel3@vcu.edu Richmond, Virginia: In celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week and VCU Homecoming Week, the VCU da Vinci Center has planned multiple events to introduce an exciting new retail space to the community. Shift Retail Lab at VCU will support founders with retail space, office space, and serve as a front […]

Shift the way you shop

IN THE NEWS “If you stop in the da Vinci Center’s Shift Retail Lab after it opens in November, there’s no telling what you’ll find. And that’s part of the beauty of it. The shop is envisioned as multifunctional retail space where students and alumni of all disciplines can showcase their work to gain insights and test […]

Incoming VCU Engineering students now have a chance to earn a credential in user-experience design

IN THE NEWS “Design thinking, like systems engineering, is at the heart of how engineers solve problems,” said Barbara D. Boyan, Ph.D., the Alice T. and William H. Goodwin Jr. Dean of the VCU College of Engineering. “These are core skills that are critical for all types of engineering. Not only do the individual parts need to […]

VCU da Vinci Center for Innovation Collaborates with Adobe to Enhance and Expand Design-Thinking Curriculum

The VCU da Vinci Center is embarking on a radical new offering that will train cross-disciplinary faculty members from across the university to master Adobe Creative Cloud applications. Additionally, the da Vinci Center will invite Creative Cloud graduate student ambassadors to serve as graduate assistants. The primary goal of this project is to advance digital […]

Class of 2021: Jay-Dee Samonte charts a path of creativity

IN THE NEWS “I wanted to work in collaborative environments where we could build a business from the ground up with the hope to gain experience to one day open my own business,” he said. That desire led him to pursue an undergraduate certificate in venture creation at the VCU da Vinci Center, a collaboration of […]

Building Entrepreneurs

IN THE NEWS “Virginia Commonwealth University has launched two new initiatives through its da Vinci Center for Innovation: the Entrepreneurship Academy and the Student Storefront.  The projects are a collaboration between the da Vinci Center and two business-focused organizations in Richmond: Activation Capital, which supports innovative entrepreneurs and their startup ventures, and The Jackson Ward Collective (JWC), a new hub for […]

Jackson Ward Collective serves Richmond’s Black entrepreneurs, partners with VCU students

IN THE NEWS / MARCH 2021 “Jackson Ward Collective extended its network to VCU students this year through a partnership with Activation Capital — a nonprofit organization that helps new entrepreneurs with their ideas — and the university’s da Vinci Center for Innovation. The program, titled the Entrepreneurship Academy, promotes economic development and extends opportunities […]

A new VCU initiative is encouraging innovation by students and local entrepreneurs

IN THE NEWS / MARCH 2021 “Through a new collaboration with Richmond-area entrepreneurs, underrepresented students at Virginia Commonwealth University will have the opportunity to develop entrepreneurial skills and gain real-world experience.” RICHMOND INNO

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