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

August 22 – First Innovators INC meeting 1:00 PM Wyllie Hall

September 5 – Innovators INC Tour of The Nest

September 19 – Cavs Tank Pitch Event

October 2 – Workshop or Speaker @ The Nest

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 15 – Entrepreneurship Cup Concept Competition Final Presentations
  • November 16 – TBD

Spring 2019

January 25 – G2K Games Contest Submissions Due

February 5 – G2K Games Practice Pitches

February 20 – Workshop or Speaker @ The Nest

March 8 – International Women’s Day Event

March 8 – G2K Games Final Executive Summaries Due

March 20 – The G2K GAME – Innovation Competition

April 11 & 12 – 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.

More Info Coming Soon!

Learn more about current projects, including The Nest entrepreneur hub, which recently received a Building Entrepreneurial Economies Planning Grant.

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 276.376.3453.