VCU Innovate Living-Learning Program

INNOVATE is a living-learning program where undergraduate students with sophomore status and beyond live in an on-campus residential community committed to innovation and entrepreneurship. Students participating in the program will have the opportunity to earn Undergraduate Certificates in Product Innovation, Venture Creation, and Human-Centered Design while also earning co-curricular hours through various program options. Certificate programs will enable students to work with real life clients and understand how to build up an idea or company for launch. Additionally, students will have an opportunity to take leadership positions in the design and implementation of a VCU Student Storefront. One of the first of its kind, the student storefront supports VCU’s growing culture of student entrepreneurship.  


INNOVATE is located in the Grace and Broad Residence Hall, a prime location on Broad Street across from the Siegel Center. A true living lab for students engaged in innovation and entrepreneurship, the concept is that students in VCU INNOVATE will live and work in the same building in addition to actively participating in events on campus and in the community.

Early admission deadline: November 8, 2019
Final Deadline: January 10, 2020

  1. Must be a full-time undergraduate student to apply. (With at least 1 full year remaining)
  2. Submit an INNOVATE Housing Application.
  3. On your application, check which certificate you are interested in earning.

VCU Innovate Perks

  • Apartment style housing in Grace & Broad Residence Center, living among peers
  • Early course registration and housing sign-up
  • Experience working with real-life clients (ranging from non-profit, early-stage startups, accelerators, etc.)
  • Opportunity to earn:
    • Undergraduate Certificate in Product Innovation
    • Undergraduate Certificate Venture Creation
    • Human-Centered Design Certificate of Completion
    • Co-curricular hours through various program options 

Certificates Available

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