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VCU da Vinci Center Pre-Accelerator program runs January 16, 2018 to April 14, 2018

The VCU Pre-Accelerator is the university’s premier offering for high growth and high potential student startups and founders.

The goal of the VCU Pre-Accelerator is to identify and support individuals, teams, and ideas through the early stages of idea formation and business development. Students benefit from a $30,000 fund, a wide array of industry mentors, and the option to earn academic credit through VNTR 460 or INNO 651 (independent studies are also available).

Applications are due December 15, 2017.


Mentorship – New for 2018!

Members of the community are invited to apply to be a mentor for the 2018 Pre-X program. Accepted mentors will have access to student applications and will select the students they are interested in supporting. Mentors will work with their teams through a variety of mediums throughout the program. Accepted mentors are asked to make a $1,000 tax-deductible gift to the VCU da Vinci Center. These funds will be used as a seed-fund for student companies in the program and mentors will be directly involved in the selection and funding decisions to student teams.