da Vinci Center

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When you get involved with the VCU da Vinci Center, you’ll infuse your arts education with a mindset of innovation and entrepreneurship, while collaborating with students and faculty from Business, Engineering, and Humanities and Sciences. You’ll learn to become anchored in your creative discipline, and have the capacity and openness to span other fields and perspectives.

As a result, you will be better prepared to engage in our increasingly global world. You will have the skills and tools necessary to engage in difficult dialog, to disagree, to reframe failure, and to make change. The da Vinci Center is committed to increasing diversity and inclusivity in entrepreneurial and technical ecosystems, and recognizes that our students represent the next generation of innovators and creators.

Shift Retail Lab

Shift Retail Lab at VCU is a dynamic, first-of-its-kind retail space where students and alumni are given the opportunity to test out their ideas, products and inventions with real world customers. The space provides participants with a multifunctional testing ground to not only showcase their work, talents, services, and creativity, but also gain valuable insights and feedback in real time.