i.Lab Incubator

The i.Lab supports the development of new entrepreneurs and the growth of promising seed and early-stage ventures.

We provide this support through a combination of programs, funding, workspace, committed mentors, industry experts, free legal services, a community of founders and funders, and connections to a range of resources.

The i.Lab Incubator program is open to seed and early stage ventures from the Charlottesville community. We welcome applications from both for-profit and not-for-profit ventures, and from ventures with a direct affiliation to UVA (e.g., faculty, staff, or student) or without a direct affiliation to UVA.

THe incubator Program Provides:

  • $5,000 grant to the company (i.e., we do not take an equity stake);
  • Dedicated workspace for 10 weeks (w/co-working option for up to one year);
  • Weekly workshops and new venture curriculum;
  • Legal services (e.g., incorporation, operating agreements);
  • Mentorship (i.e., advice and support from experienced founders and experts in the field);
  • Community and Connections.

Ventures in the Program commit to:

  • Participating—full-time—in the 10-week program at the i.Lab in Charlottesville;
  • Participating in key i.Lab events throughout the year;  
  • Being a positive and contributing member of and resource to the i.Lab community.

TIMELINE - 2017 Incubator Program (MORE DATES COMING SOON) 

January 3: Online application available                                                                                                                                        January 26: Applications due by 11:59PM EST (no exceptions) 
February 3: Applicant interviews (by invitation) 
February 13: Announcement of 2017 Class
February 24: Commitments Due and Law Clinic Mixer
April 28: Darden Alumni Fair i.Lab Venture Showcase (i.Lab companies are required to participate)
June 1 - August 10: Summer Accelerator Program


Downloadable PDF of 2017 Incubator Application (for reference)


2016 Incubator participants, please click here for a new Startup Grant program.



 If you have any specific questions about the process, contact Sandra McCutcheon:  mccutcheons@ilab.virginia.edu.