VCU Venture Creation Competition: Compete for funding for your idea through VCU’s da Vinci Center for Innovation. Information session details!

Published on February 1, 2012

VCU’s da Vinci Center for Innovation, through the generous sponsorship of the VCU Office of the Vice President of Research, VCU School of Business, MeadWestvaco Foundation and Motley’s Richmond Auto Auction, announce the inaugural VCU Venture Creation Competition (VCC). VCC is a business plan competition aimed at sparking the entrepreneurial spirit of all VCU students across both the Monroe Park and Health System Campuses. 
An information session will be held on Wednesday, February 1 at 5:30pm in E3229 Engineering East Hall on the Monroe Park campus. 
VCC aims to foster entrepreneurship in the VCU community by allowing students to develop and present a venture idea/concept to a panel of industry judges. Any student interested in pursuing an entrepreneurial business venture is encouraged to participate in this competition. All currently enrolled VCU students are eligible to participate. Non-VCU students such as students from other universities; VCU faculty, staff, alumni; and local residents can be team members as well. However, 50% of the team must be currently enrolled VCU students and only VCU students can participate in the final presentation to the judges. 
The deadline to register for the VCU Venture Creation Competition is Wednesday, February 22 at noon. The Competition will begin with submitting a one-page executive summary. If selected as a semi-finalist, teams will then submit a ten-page business plan. From those plans submitted, five student teams will be selected as finalists and compete on Friday, April 27 for $11,000 in prize money. Along with cash prizes, in-kind services such as complementary legal and mentoring services will be offered to Competition finishers. 
More information about the VCU Venture Creation Competition can be found at As mentioned above, an information session on this exciting inaugural event will be held on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 5:30pm in E3229. Questions can be emailed to
We look forward to your School’s participation. 
Best Regards, 
Kenneth B. Kahn, PhD
Professor and Director, da Vinci Center for Innovation
Virginia Commonwealth University
P. O. Box 844000
Richmond, VA 23284-4000