From Idea to Startup in a Year: Rhoback — Activewear for Men

The founders of Rhoback didn't wait until graduation from the Darden School of Business to start their company. Instead, they used the assets of the School and the i.Lab at UVA to launch their “Under Armour meets Vineyard Vines” line of high-end active wear right away. Here's there story of how they want from idea to activewear startup over the course of the year.

Watch the video here.

Zach Mayo (RelishMBA) on Taking a Project From Idea to Tested Business Model

In this interview for the Interdisciplinarian at Darden, you'll hear how RelishMBA co-founder Zach Mayo took his project from idea to tested business model. If you have a new idea and you're just dying to get some software built, don't listen to this interview because that's not what happened. Zach and his co-founder put their idea through the paces with minimum viable product (MVP) vehicles like PowerPoint and curated emails. Their idea changed substantially during the process and so did (ultimately) their software.

Listen to the podcast here.

KiraKira's Suz Somersall on Closing The Gender Gap in STEAM And 3D Printing.

When Suz had the opportunity to participate in an incubator program at UVA's Darden School of Business, she had so many undergrad female UVA interns coming to her, with an excitement to learn 3D modeling. The problem was that she truly did not have time to teach them, so instead she went to the head of the Mechanical Engineering Lab to ask if the undergrads could go on campus and take classes.   Read complete article here &  learn more about Kira Kira here.  

2017 i.Lab Summer Accelerator Application Live on January 3rd

Today the i.Lab announced the 2017 i.Lab Summer Accelerator Application will go live on January 3rd.  A community-oriented application workshop designed to answer basic questions about the application process will be held on December 5th, 2016, from 6pm-730pm at the i.Lab.  Space is limited and registration is required.  Read more and register here

i.Lab Alum DreamWakers Featured in Forbes

DreamWakers is a nonprofit organization that harnesses the power of free video technologies like Skype and Google Hangout to bring exceptional career speakers into high need classrooms, inspiring students across America. They work with 4-12th grade students in schools with greater than 50% free and reduced lunch and/or in exceptionally rural districts.  Read more about DreamWakers here. 


i.Lab Venture AgroSpheres Wins VA Velocity Pitch Competition

Last week's Tomtoberfest included the Charlottesville stop on the Virginia Velocity Tour, a statewide tour and startup competition representing a partnership between Village Capital and the Office of the Governor, in which $125,000 in awards were split between five themed competitions in five cities. Charlottesville's theme was "Food and Agriculture," and tour participants gathered in the i.Lab as part of their day-long visit to the area. i.Lab venture AgroSpheres was awarded first place in the competition. Learn More

Here's My Story Founder and i.Lab Alumnus, Avery Chenoweth, Featured in The New York Times

Older Entrepreneurs Take On the ‘Concrete Ceiling’

"Mr. Chenoweth, with a 65-year-old partner, recently started a business called Here’s My Story, whose gaming app brings history alive through location-based role-playing.

"It works with Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, where users participate in the lives of historical figures. Slaves, soldiers and nurses are depicted through an interactive process that takes the oral storytelling of Mr. Chenoweth’s childhood beyond the front porch.

"It wasn’t easy to become an entrepreneur later in life. Originally a novelist, Mr. Chenoweth had a major heart attack that left him too fatigued to write. He had to look elsewhere to pay the bills..." Read More

Darden News: "i.Lab Startups in Focus: 1Degree and 1787fp"

"The summer of 2016 marked another successful session for the i.Lab at UVA Incubator, with 23 ventures graduating from the 10-week program.

"Two promising app-based startups emerged from the summer program, energized by the opportunity before them and with their respective founders eager to see their apps take up residence on smartphones around the world...." Learn More

Virtual i.Lab Featured in UVA Today

UVA Today: "Through its signature summer incubator program for new ventures and its many resources for growing start-ups, the University of Virginia’s i.Lab has helped cement Charlottesville’s status as a growing hub of entrepreneurship. But UVA’s community of innovation extends far beyond the boundaries of Central Virginia, and now, the i.Lab does, too.

The “Virtual i.Lab” went live this summer, allowing entrepreneurs in the current incubator class to connect with UVA mentors and resources all around the world. The interactive digital platform is the brainchild of the new i.Lab Incubator director, Jason Brewster...." Read More