Venture Fund Pitch Day 2017

$50K. Six Startups. One Shot.

Join Davidson College President Carol Quillen; Techstars Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Chris Heivly; Launch LKN; Enventys; and Davidson College’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative on the afternoon of March 22nd for Davidson’s annual pitch competition.

Watch as six alumni- and student-run startups compete for a shot to win $50,000.  There will be refreshments,  a talk from Chris Heivly, fierce competition, and networking. A happy hour will follow pitches.  Although we ask that you register at 3:30 p.m., attendees can come and go as they’d like. Sign up below.


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Wolfgang Drops Some Wisdom

Our entrepreneurship spotlight for this episode is Wolfgang Christian, retired Professor of Physics at Davidson College. Wolfgang speaks on his entrepreneurial journey and offers insight on what entrepreneurs of today need to be successful.

Internships

Get the experience you need.

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Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship Internship Program

The Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship Internship Program is for students interested in working for entrepreneurial ventures in a variety of fields. Through this program, students are connected with full-time, paid internships with ventures across the world. It is open to all years, including graduating seniors. See what previous interns said about the program here.

2017:

  • Apply by March 3.
  • Info session on 26 January 2017 at 7:30PM in the Library Tutor Room. Food will be provided.
  • Info session on 21 February 2017 at 11:00AM in the Library Tutor Room. Food will be provided.
  • Click here to watch a digital info session.

Students: Apply in the spring through Handshake.

Employers: Learn more hereRequest a Davidson Intern here.


Venture Lab

Davidson College Venture Lab is a start-up incubator designed to accelerate the development of Davidson’s innovators and entrepreneurs through experiential education. It’s is a full-time, immersive, 10-week program suited for all business models (both for-profit and nonprofit). Click here to learn more.

The Failure Fund

keep up to date with Failure Fund recipients here.

Student with Whiteboard

The Failure Fund is a grant competition that awards Davidson students with between $150-1000 to pursue a creative or innovative idea. The purpose of this scholarship is to fund the creative ideas of Davidson students while empowering them to model the traits of innovators and creative entrepreneurs, mainly by being comfortable with failure.

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Venture Lab

Overview

Venture Lab is Davidson’s startup accelerator for student entrepreneurs. The Venture Lab takes no equity and aims to help early-stage startups achieve significant, sustainable growth.

two students holding a Davidson College Venture Lab Sign

Program Structure

This a summer program that lasts for an intensive 11 weeks and revolves around weekly meetings every Monday from 9 AM to 12 PM, culminating in a demo day. The Monday meetings allow teams to discuss their problems with each other, check in with advisors, and get feedback from various mentors. There will also be additional workshops and events throughout other weekdays. Teams are expected to work on their projects on a daily basis throughout the duration of the accelerator.

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Entrepreneurs-in-Residence

Boggiano brothers next to a computer

 

Our entrepreneurship in residence, Chris and Jon Boggiano, are advisers and mentors to students, faculty, staff and the college at large. Based in Cornelius, NC they are working on their second start-up, VersaMe. Their product is a wearable device that encourages greater parental engagement in early childhood and aims to promote literacy. The Boggianos founded VersaMe after researching the profound impact parents’ use of language has on brain development. Prior to their current venture, Chris and Jon started and sold Everblue.edu. Both graduated from West Point and Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and later served in the Army together, including deployments to Kosovo and Iraq. Their families live across the street from each other in Cornelius where Jon has three young children and Chris has two. learn more.

If you’re a Davidson student, you can contact them whenever you want. Email them using the form below.