Through a new national grant, the VCU da Vinci Center and VCU REAL have partnered with the Jackson Ward Collective and Activation Capital to form the VCU Entrepreneurship Academy which consists of a blended learning environment where students and ecosystem partners learn and work together.
The VCU Entrepreneurship Academy proposes a new model of delivering 21st century innovation and entrepreneurship skills. The Academy will consist of a blended learning environment where proportionally representative students and ecosystem partners learn and work together. This year’s cohort will engage in four learning modules: design thinking, digital literacy, business model canvas, and the art of the pitch. Students and community members will earn digital badges in these modules resulting in an expected 2,000 hours of 21st century skills delivered in concert with Richmond’s innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem. The Academy will bring together 150 underrepresented students consisting of first-generation college students and low-income students alongside 50 community members identified by the Jackson Ward Collective and Activation Capital. The program coupled with a new entrepreneurship facility, SHIFT Retail Lab at VCU, will create ongoing and sustainable mentorship, networking, and employment opportunities. Construction of the Retail Lab is made possible thanks to a partnership with Hourigan Construction. See full announcement here >>
VCU da Vinci Center offers multiple options to receive the training in the Spring 2021 semester.
1. Design Sprints
A design sprint uses design thinking and innovation techniques to solve complex problems throughout co-creation, rapid prototyping, and qualitative testing. VCU da Vinci Center’s Design Sprints are multi-week opportunities to engage in workshops and learning opportunities that take early stage ideas and IDEATE, TEST, and PROTOTYPE alongside community mentors and subject matter experts. These Sprints are open to all VCU students and free.
Learn more and sign up at this link >>
This year’s cohort will engage in four learning modules: design thinking, digital literacy, business model canvas, and the art of the pitch.
Fill out the interest form at this link >>
For Community Members
If you and/or your business is interested in participating in the VCU Entrepreneurship Academy, please fill out the form at this link >>