Earn micro-credentials with VCU Entrepreneurship Academy!
The VCU Entrepreneurship Academy proposes a new model of delivering 21st-century innovation and entrepreneurship skills. 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. Complete our micro-credential courses to earn Credly badges and share on your LinkedIn profile!
Intro to Business Model Canvas
Join Ace Callwood in this micro-credential course to break down the Business Model Canvas and start working on your own!
Step 1: Watch the Business Model Canvas Video. Ace discusses the philosophy and mechanics of the Business Canvas Model.
Step 2: Download the Business Model Canvas Template
Step 3: Take the Business Model Canvas Assessment
Learn how to strategically craft your pitch to get what you want.
This micro-credential course will help you position and strengthen your pitch skills in order to show who you are, what you do, and what you want your audience to do. Join Ace Callwood to discuss the philosophy and mechanics of the art of the pitch.
Digital Literacy for Entrepreneurship
This micro-credential course will introduce how Adobe Creative Cloud tools can help advance your ideas. Andrew Indelicato walks you through Adobe and gives tutorials that will help you create.
Step 1: Watch the Digital Literacy Video. Preview Adobe tools with Andrew Indelicato.
Step 2: Take the Digital Literacy Assessment
Design-thinking is all about collaboration and problem-solving.
There is an increasing emphasis on skills such as design thinking, problem-solving, adaptability, and empathy to current as well as future job roles. An immersive 120-minute workshop on the practice of human-centered thinking. Delivered by an ExperiencePoint-trained facilitator, this experience gives participants the opportunity to actively engage in their learning.
Live Online Learning
This program will utilize Zoom technology. The workshop is interactive and will utilize features within the Zoom platform and the ExperiencePoint simulation. Program participants are encouraged to have their cameras on to increase participation and engagement. To access the session, participants will receive one link to register and join. Registration protects the privacy of the session and allows da Vinci to monitor attendance. Attendees are encouraged to test their technology prior to the session to ensure access.
Meet the Instructors
Andrew is an Artist, Designer, and Educator from Richmond, Virginia. Andrew has worked across many creative disciplines and worked with a variety of clients. One of his passions is helping others find creativity within themselves. He is currently an instructor at Virginia Commonwealth University as well as a Freelance Designer.
Tyson previously worked at the Center for Design Thinking at Elon University and is currently pursuing his Master's degree in Product Innovation while working as a graduate assistant in the da Vinci Center for Innovation.
What is REAL? Relevant, Experiential, Applied Learning
VCU’s Relevant, Experiential and Applied Learning represents a promise. It’s a promise to provide students with a meaningful, career-building experience during their time at VCU, and a promise to support our faculty and staff to enable them to deliver that.
A space where the Black community can Learn, Grow and Own.
Jackson Ward is part of Black Wall Street: a thriving community at the turn of the 20th Century that was one of the most prosperous Black communities in the United States. The Jackson Ward Collective is a hub that connects Black business owners to each other and to resources that can help our businesses thrive.
Everything you need to know about the entrepreneurial ecosystem of a city on the rise.
Richmond, Virginia, is on the rise. Stories about our innovative spirit and entrepreneurial success are spreading, with accolades coming in from all corners of our country. The world is finding out what we already know: the RVA innovative culture is extraordinary.