Engage. Empower. Establish.
The Entrepreneurship Group has open events for all students, but members receive special consideration for limited opportunities, access to additional resources, and official membership in the EG network.
Applications for the Fall semester are closed, but interested students are encouraged to apply on a rolling basis. Please contact Sydney Dillon, our relations officer, at email@example.com.
Want to win a $100 in 60 seconds? How about $250,000 in a live-fire pitch competition with real VCs? Or how about free coffee every Friday? Check out some of the ongoing projects we sponsor and organize for our members and the University at large.
The $250,000 Galant Center Challenge
The Galant Center Challenge is an annual event that caps the entrepreneurial sprint at UVA. The check-books are out from angel investors and venture capitalists, and up to $250,000 is on the line to invest real money for seed equity in the student startups.
Elevator Pitch Competition
Students will pitch their business concepts, creative ideas, life hacks, new products, and non-profit initiatives in 60 seconds or less, get useful feedback from a panel of experts and investors, and have a chance to win $250 in cash, on the spot!
Innovate together. An EG-hosted coffee chat held weekly at Para Coffee and Hack Cville. Watch a short TED talk or interview with an entrepreneur, share ideas, meet other EG members, and enjoy a free coffee of your choice from Para Coffee.
Tom Tom Founder's Festival
The Tom Tom Foundation is a not for profit which hosts two seasonal public festivals that celebrate new ideas and community in Charlottesville, VA. The Foundation exists to educate the public about entrepreneurship and innovation, with proceeds funding the creation of public art.
HackCville is a member-supported, member-run 501.c3 of designers, programmers, makers, creatives, and the just plain curious. No matter your skill, we share, learn, and do, in support of one another’s projects and the efforts of both UVA and Charlottesville organizations doing great work.
We engage students with high-quality programming. Our organization invites world-class speakers and entrepreneurs to speak to our members about their experiences. In addition, we offer informational + recruiting sessions for startups and high-tech firms, such as our annual Google Leadership Lab.
We empower students to expand upon traditional methods of learning and doing. Our officers organize creative workshops to educate students in design thinking and rapid prototyping. Furthermore, our members are encouraged to participate in ideation and pitch seminars that are based on constructive critique.
We consistently seek to establish a network of students driven towards entrepreneurial action at U.Va. Our organization creates a forum for students, professors, and alumni to engage in discussion. We connect Commerce, Engineering, Architecture, and other students with those who share a passion for entrepreneurship.
"Uzair is a 4th year Commerce student, comedian, herbologist, and dedicated graphic designer, with a keen interest in the cosmos and astronomical research."
"Nick is a 2nd year Pre-Commerce student from Long Island, NY. He is a car fanatic, book junkie, and believes entrepreneurial thinking can solve major world issues."
"Haroun is a 3rd year aspiring entrepreneur who co-founded the Investment Banking Group. He enjoys getting lost in the endless catacombs of the brain, and he gets buckets."
"Sydney is a 4th year Environmental Science major who is involved in many entrepreneurial activities around grounds and loves the beach and soccer."
"Elizabeth is a 2nd year CS Major from New Orleans. She runs for Club XC, is on Exec for HackCville, and writes for NolaVie."
"Ariel is a 2nd year Pre-Commerce student, photographer, daydreamer, and fashion fanatic who loves all things business."
"Bryan Graney is a 4th year mechanical engineer from Philadelphia with a love of flight, creative thought, and musical seduction."
"Daniel is a 2nd year technologist and gypsy jazz fiddler. He leads HackCville Media and heads up programming for the Tom Tom Founders Festival."
"Kyle Bye is a 4th year Commerce student and all-around hustler from southern New Jersey."
"Ryan is a 4th year Commerce student, soccer fanatic, avid photographer and developing code monkey from sunny Singapore."
"Matt is a 4th year Commerce student, product designer, lucid dreamer, futurist, and co-founder of Light City Neon Signs."
"Last night, Darth Vader came down from Planet Vulcan and told me that if I didn't take Lorraine out, that he'd melt my brain."