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Anything is possible.


VCU is a Venture Creation University.

Virginia Commonwealth University is the place where you can make it real. We believe students have the power to turn ideas into a solution that makes the world a better place. And we’re not the only one who believes in our students. Check out these partners — here in Richmond and around the world — who are investing in VCU students:

  • Clinton Global Initiative
  • European Innovation Academy
  • Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, Va.
  • Science Museum of Virginia
  • National Federation of Teaching Entrepreneurship

VCU’s da Vinci Center helps you get a start.

We believe in you, and we want you to succeed. The da Vinci Center will support and guide you through the entrepreneurial journey. Here are just a few of the programs: 

Live it and learn it in this program. INNOVATE is a living-learning program that equips you to become an entrepreneur and launch new ventures and products.

Pre-Accelerator Program
Each semester, VCU students compete for stipends to participate in an intense three-month program to guide them through the challenging early stages of building a startup.


Quick Facts

Richmond is one of the “Best Cities Regardless of Size for Startups” according to Southern Business and Development.

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Ready to be a Ram?

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