Entrepreneurship and Innovations | UVA Student Council

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.

Introducing UVASTART.COM! Launching at Jefferson Hall on Wed, Feb 6 at 5:30PM.

I met a woman earlier this month that was interested in starting her own business in the fashion industry. I inquired whether she had engaged any entrepreneurial resources around Grounds, and her reply was a vacant no. I realized then that while our committee was working towards opening more and more entrepreneurship-related resources to students, we still faced a barrier – the very word,  “entrepreneur.”

More and more, people are releasing themselves from the box called “entrepreneur” and labeling themselves “starters”. We have noticed this trend – a word that describes a person as not just someone with an idea, but someone who is starting an enterprise or program. We are finding examples everywhere around Grounds, from the new i.Lab at Darden to the modern Open Grounds facility to Hack.Cville to the Technology Entrepreneurship Program. We share their vision in providing resources and connections to help YOU on your quest to become a starter.

So check out uvastart.com, a site tracking the entrepreneurial scene at the University. It features posts from centers, programs, fellow starters, and it will soon have a video archive of “starter”-related speakers and workshops. We are kicking off the site next Wednesday at 5:30PM in Jefferson Hall, West Range, featuring Spencer Ingram, the visionary behind Hack.Cville. As always, there will be some yummy food and drink.


Wednesday, Feb 6 at 5:30PM

Jefferson Hall

Food and drink!

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

Jack Freed


Michael Eaton Byrd