Pre-Accelerator Program 2019

Program Description

VCU’s Pre-Accelerator Program (Pre-X) represents the University’s commitment to student access and excellence in innovation and entrepreneurship. The goal of the program is to identify, support, and launch high growth and high potential startups and founders. The program is hosted by the VCU da Vinci Center for Innovation, which is the University’s cross disciplinary hub for student innovation and entrepreneurship and provides students at all levels unique academic and experiential learning opportunities.

Founded in 2015, participants of the program have found success, raising over $2M in investment and/or revenue across 5 cohorts. Students from the 2018 cohort have competed in national pitch competitions such as the 2018 Future Founders event at 1871 in Chicago, IL, and have received local recognition being among Richmond Inno’s 25 under 25 and Venture Forum’s rvAwesome winners.


2019 Program Details

The 2019 program will consist of 5 workshops - held Tuesday’s on the Monroe Park campus and Wednesdays on the MCV Campus. Student teams will have access to community mentors and experts prior to each session during the 5-6 pm mentor dinner hour. Over the course of 5-weeks, teams will compete for a limited number of spots at the 2019 VCU Demo Day where top student ventures will be awarded equity free seed funding. 

  • Application period for students & mentors: January 14th (first day of classes) - March 1st
  • Open to all students: undergraduate, graduate, & professional students
  • Program Dates: March 26th - April 24th 
  • Location: Monroe Park Campus (Tuesday nights) & MCV Campus (Wednesday nights)
    Mentor Hour, 5-6 PM (Dinner Provided) followed by programming, 6-8:40 pm

Student Application:

Mentor Application:

2019 Program Support

The VCU Pre-X program would not be possible without the generous support of individuals and corporations. If you are interested in supporting the 2019 cohort of VCU student innovators and entrepreneurs please contact Sandy Turnage at

More information/Questions?

If you would like more information about this opportunity, please email Kelsey Steenburgh:


Pre-X News Articles

VCU launches newly expanded pre-accelerator program, called VCU Pre-X, to better support student innovators and entrepreneurs (November 2017)

How Flight, a VCU student-led craft beer delivery startup, is getting off the ground (May 2017)

Seven Innovatives student-led startups receive $5,000, will take part in VCU’s Pre-Accelerator Program (December 2016)

VCU student-led startup companies bring in more than $1 million