About da Vinci

The academic and experiential offerings of the VCU da Vinci Center for Innovation aim to create T-shaped individuals who are anchored in a discipline and have the capacity and openness to span across disciplines. As a result, students are better prepared to engage in our increasingly global world because they have developed the skills and tools necessary to engage in difficult dialog, to disagree, to reframe failure, and make change. The da Vinci Center is committed to increasing diversity and inclusivity in entrepreneurial and technical ecosystems; recognizing that our students represent the next generation of innovators and creators. The da Vinci Center is a collaboration of VCU's School of Arts, Business and the Colleges of Engineering and Humanities and Sciences and VCU Health.


Check out a new space the da Vinci Center has built for student innovators and entrepreneurs! Shift Retail Lab, has been selected as an honorable mention in the Urban Design category as part of the 2022 World Changing Ideas Awards for Fast Company.  

Shift Retail Lab, has been selected as an honorable mention in the Urban Design category as part of the 2022 World Changing Ideas Awards for Fast Company.



The VCU da Vinci Center for Innovation is a unique collegiate model that advances innovation and entrepreneurship through cross-disciplinary collaboration.


To impact communities through bold curiosity and intentional innovation.


To achieve our vision we practice our values in everything we do:

Curiosity: We encourage the spark and active interest of genuinely wanting to know more. 

Collaboration: We value a cross-disciplinary approach to problem-solving.

Community: We hold ourselves and each other accountable and always strive to grow.

Innovation: We believe great products and solutions are grounded in empathy. 

Inclusion: We honor the humanity of all people, their stories, experiences, and perspectives.

VCU da Vinci Center Diversity Statement

The da Vinci Center recognizes access, equity, and inclusion as core to its mission and vision. It is our aim to create an academic environment rich with individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to enhance opportunities for learning that lead to innovative solutions grounded in empathy. We are committed to fostering an inclusive atmosphere both within and outside of the classroom that affirms individual identities and thrives on connection and community.


VCU da Vinci Center’s Diversity & Inclusion Commitments

Access: Removing barriers and limits to innovation, inviting students from all backgrounds and disciplines to use their unique strengths to create.

Connection: Creating opportunities for students to form authentic relationships with other innovators and community leaders in an effort to broaden the local ecosystem.

Equity: Responding to the unique needs of students and populations by providing relevant resources for success and engagement.

Diversity: Endeavoring to attract, develop, and retain more underrepresented students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Inclusion: Ensuring the da Vinci Center is a place where every student feels affirmed and supported, welcomed, and able to contribute to the culture and work at hand.