Da Vinci Center

Venture Creation Competition 2015

If you have an idea, concept, and/or technology for a real venture and are a VCU student, you must participate in the 2015 VCU Venture Creation Competition (VCC). VCC participants learn first-hand what venture creation means and the necessary elements for moving an idea/concept/technology forward towards becoming a real venture. Those students selected as VCC finalists compete for cash prizes and in-kind services that can be used to realize the commercial potential of the respective concept, invention, and/or technology.

Hosted by the VCU da Vinci Center, the VCU Venture Creation Competition provides opportunities for the VCU community to learn about entrepreneurship through the development of a venture description, business model canvass, and venture presentation to our panel of judges. The winners of the 2015 Competition will be announced at the end of the day on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, following the students’ final presentations.

The Competition is open to all VCU students, including full-time, part-time, undergraduate and graduate students, are eligible to participate. Non-VCU students such as students from other universities, VCU faculty, VCU alumni, and local residents may participate in the Venture Creation Competition so long as VCU students comprise 50% of the team and only the VCU student team members make the final presentation to the judges.

VCC participants learn first-hand what venture creation means and the necessary elements for moving an idea/concept/technology forward towards becoming a real venture. Those students selected as VCC finalists compete for cash prizes and in-kind services that can be used to realize the commercial potential of the respective concept, invention, and/or technology. In addition to the cash prizes, in-kind services such as free legal and consulting services will be offered to Competition finishers.

The prize packages for the undergraduate and graduate divisions are as follows:

1st Place $4,000

2nd Place $3,000

3rd Place $2,000

Finalist $1,000

Finalist $1,000

Learn more at the da Vinci Center website.

A collaboration of VCU’s Schools of the Arts, Business, Engineering and College of Humanities and Sciences, the VCU da Vinci Center is a unique collegiate model that advances innovation and entrepreneurship through interdisciplinary collaboration.