i.Lab Incubator

The i.Lab Incubator Program 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.

 If you have any specific questions about the process, contact Sandra McCutcheon.

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 support (e.g., incorporation, operating agreements);
  • Mentorship from experienced founders and industry experts;
  • 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 

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

Downloadable PDF of 2017 Incubator Application (for reference)

What do our entrepreneurs have to say?

Hear from Emily Morrison, of The Front Porch, and Payam Pourtahari, of Agrospheres.