The University of Virginia’s College at Wise Office of Economic Development and Engagement is committed to helping students reach their full potential as they plan to start new ventures or become a driver for innovation in their career path.

UVa-Wise strives to promote a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation where students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to share out-of-the-box ideas, resources and mentors are accessible, and creative networks and spaces are available for aspiring entrepreneurs to work on their business plans.

Through various programs, workshops, and competitions, UVa-Wise Entrepreneurship will help increase entrepreneurial thinking at UVa-Wise that will translate into the start and sustainability of successful businesses and a dynamic workforce in Southwest Virginia.

2018-19 Schedule of Events:

Fall Semester 2018

August 14 – Student Activity Fair

September 5 – First Innovators INC meeting 1:00 PM Wyllie Hall

September 12 – Innovators INC Tour of The Nest

October 2 – Taco Tuesday Creators Meetup @ The Nest

October 17 – Cav’s Tank Pitch Event

October 26 – Entrepreneurship Cup Concept Competition Submissions are due by HIGH Noon

November 12 – 18 — Global Entrepreneurship Week 2018

  • November 12 – Entrepreneur Essentials Game
  • November 13 – TBD
  • November 14 – Speaker
  • November 14 – Entrepreneurship Cup Concept Competition Final Presentations 1:00 PM C. Bascom Slemp Student Center – Dogwood Room 5th floor
  • November 15 – TBD

Spring 2019

January 23 – Jahmal Potter @ The Nest

February 8 – UVA E-Cup Discovery Competition Submissions Due

February 15 – G2K Games Contest Submissions Due

February 16-23 – National Entrepreneurship Week

February 21 – UVA E-Cup Discovery Competition Final presentations

February 22 – American Evolution Innovators Cup Submissions Due

February 28 – G2K Games Practice Pitches

March 8 – International Women’s Day Event

March 8 – G2K Games Final Executive Summaries Due

March 29 – The G2K GAME – Innovation Competition

April 5 – Speaker or workshop @ The Nest

April 11 – 13 – Tom Tom Founders Festival Trip

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The Nest is dedicated to serving aspiring entrepreneurs in Southwest Virginia and providing them with the skills needed to run a successful business. By participating in programs offered at The Nest, entrepreneurs will discover their full potential and turn their ideas into a reality.

Learn more on The Nest at TheNestSWVA.com!

Entrepreneurs find Opportunity in Southwest Virginia

Opportunity SWVA logoCoordinated by UVa-Wise Office of Economic Development and Engagement, Opportunity SWVA is a collaborative effort to strengthen entrepreneurship in Southwest Virginia. The initiative is piloting the way for the region to align resources, highlighting opportunity for entrepreneurs, supporting their efforts, and expanding the spirit they bring to their communities. Opportunity SWVA works to connect entrepreneurs with the resources they need to start or grow their business in Southwest Virginia.

For more information contact Josh Sawyers at jsawyers@uvawise.edu or 276.298.9896.