Entrepreneurship & Innovation

The mission of the Student Council Entrepreneurship and Innovation Committee is to enhance the entrepreneurial community on Grounds by connecting students interested in pursuing entrepreneurship and innovation to the resources, events, and academic opportunities available at the University.

Past Initiatives

Jefferson Entrepreneurship Mentors and Teams Program

The program paired student businesses with a member of the Charlottesville community in an effort to support the long term growth of the company.

Entrepreneurship Minor

Minor was created in response to growing entrepreneurial community at the University of Virginia. This minor still exists today and is open to all majors.

Current Initiatives


Increasing the awareness of existing entrepreneurial events and resources around grounds to create a more cohesive and inclusive entrepreneurship community.


Seeks to provide entrepreneurial CIOs on Grounds with funding to host events, and also collaborate with other entrepreneurial minded CIO’s/organizations on events and resources.

StartupUVA website

Provide a forum for UVA students with businesses or entrepreneurial projects to advertise, get guidance or collaborate with other like-minded individuals.

Alumni Mentorship

Aims to connect current UVA undergraduates to alumni who can offer guidance and support to students undertaking entrepreneurial projects.

Meet the Co-Chairs

Brenna Sheehan


Brenna Sheehan is a third year from San Diego, California majoring in Systems Engineering and minoring in Engineering Business. She joined the Entrepreneurship and Innovation in her first year and has enjoyed working to improve and support the entrepreneurial community and culture at the University.

Outside of Student Council, Brenna serves on the Executive Board of her sorority and enjoys staying active, reading, eating, and exploring Charlottesville.

Jack Freed


Sahan Pandey