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.

Entrepreneurial and Innovation Programs Schedule of Events

Spring Semester 2020
Innovators INC meetings every Wednesday at 6:00 PM @ The Nest

January 22 – Event/Speaker @ The Nest

February 7 – UVA E-Cup Discovery Competition Submissions Due

February 13 – UVA E-Cup Discovery Competition finalist announced

February 15 – Innovation Competition Contest Submissions Due

February 15-22 – National Entrepreneurship Week

  • February 15 – TBA
  • February 16 – TBA
  • February 17 – Innovators INC AirShift Workshop
  • February 18 – Shark Tank Viewing Party
  • February 19 – Hackathon – Get your Business on the Map

February 20 – UVA E-Cup Discovery Competition Final presentations

February 21 – American Evolution Innovators Cup Submissions Due

February 28 – Innovation Competition Practice Pitches

March 7 – International Women’s Day Event

March 8 – Innovation Competition Final Executive Summaries Due

March 27 – Innovation Competition

April 5 – Speaker or workshop @ The Nest

April 11 – 13 – Tom Tom Founders Festival Trip

May 1 — TEDxUVaWise

Logo for The Nest

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.