Suz Somersall- founder of Kira Kira and i.Lab alumna- selected by Fast Company as one of the Top 100 Creative People for 2017.

Business magazine Fast Company lists Suz Somersall as one of the most creative people in business 2017.  For her role in getting young girls excited about digital design, she joins Fast Company's top-100 list of inspiring leaders shaping the future of business in a creative way.  For more information read here. 

Husk Brings electricity to Power-hungry Indian Villages

If you start a new business, how many would think of starting in one of the most troubled parts of the country? Yet in 2007, it was one of the first villages Husk (earlier called Husk Power Systems) decided to light up through its gasification technology that could generate electricity from agricultural waste such as rice husk, mustard seeds or corn cob. Manoj Sinha, now 39, finished his master’s in electrical engineering in the United States, worked with Intel for five years and then did his MBA (again in the US) and was set on the usual path of investment banking, an oft-treaded, safe path with rich pickings. Read More...

Wildrock Lets Children's Imaginations Run Wild!

Wildrock, a nonprofit and former i.Lab company, is now open for reservations after more than two years of work by founder Carolyn Schuyler.  Thanks to Schuyler’s family and scores of volunteers, the three-acre play area, located next to Albemarle County’s Patricia Ann Byrom Forest Park, hopes to encourage children to use their imaginations and inspire a lifelong enjoyment of nature! Read more here

Big Month for Darden Students’ Startup 1Degree

It’s been quite a run for Second Years Sam Boochever and Max Huc and their startup, 1Degree, which they founded as students at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business with support from the W.L. Lyons Brown III i.Lab Incubator program. The 1Degree app allows users to bid on opportunities to speak to celebrity influencers face-to-face via Facetime. Read more here. 

Agrospheres Takes 1st Place at 2017 ACC Inventure Competition.

Current i.Lab Company, Agrospheres, battled it out Shark Tank-style and took home the Gold at this year's Atlantic Coast (ACC) InVenture competition. Agrospheres, founded by UVA students, is a biotech company that gives farmers precise control over their harvesting schedule by degrading excess pesticides into a non-toxic derivative, allowing the farmer to harvest their produce on-demand while complying with the Pre-Harvest Intervals set by the EPA.  Read more here.  

 

 

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