Inventor. Designer. Problem-solver. Entrepreneur. Agent of change. In the twenty-first century, engineers will play a variety of roles as they address global challenges and revitalize the economy. To be effective in these roles, engineers will need to know more and more about entrepreneurship and business practice. The mission of Engineering Business Programs in the School of Engineering and Applied Science is to enable EVERY SEAS student to have the OPPORTUNITY to integrate business and entrepreneurial studies into their technical degree programs.
This minor provides students with the opportunity to learn how modern business organizations function and to acquire the concepts and language they will need to be effective in the corporate world. Click here for more details.
This track is for students who are interested in understanding the ways in which entrepreneurs move ideas from the laboratory benchtop to commercial marketplace. Independent of the business minor, students are required to take four courses covering areas such as finance, intellectual property, entrepreneurship and government, and startup operations.Click here for more details.
This single course introduces engineering students to the business basics that they will need in their technical and scientific careers. Taught by a team from the Darden School, the course covers leadership, accounting principles, marketing, and global issues.Click here for the syllabus.
|Entrepreneurship Advisory Board Members|
|Fred Stubblefield (Entrepreneur)
BS 1964, Chemical Engineering
President, Controls SouthEast, Inc.
|David McLean (Venture Capital)
BS 1982, Electrical Engineering
General Partner, Sevin Rosen Funds
|Lee Buck (Venture Capital)
BS 1986, Systems Engineering
Chapel Hill, NC
Founder of Blue Bright Ventures
|Rick Ramsey (Investor/Entrepreneur)
BS 1976, Applied Math
BS 1984, Mechanical Engineering
General Partner, Techoperators
|John B. Muleta
BS 1986 Systems and Information Engineering, JDMBA 1993
|Patti Melcher (Private Equity – Oil & Gas)
BS 1982, Systems Engineering
CEO, EIV Capital Management
|Steve Huffman (Entrepreneur)
BS 2005, Computer Science
San Francisco, Ca.
Founder, Hipmunk.com, co-founder Reddit.com
|Evan Edwards (Entrepreneur/Inventor)
BS 2002 Mechanical, MS 2004 Systems Engineering
Vice President, Product Development at Intelliject LLC
|Carl Showalter (Venture Capital – Telecom)
BS 1989, Systems Engineering
Menlo Park, Ca.
General Partner, Opus Capital
|Justin Turner (Entrepreneur)
BS 1998, Computer Science
Co-founder Brownstone Real Estate Partners
|Doug Garland (Entrepreneur)
BS 83, MS 87, Systems Engineering
Palo Alto, Ca.
Chief Revenue Officer, Shazam
|Zack Buckner (Venture Capital – Seed Stage)
BS 2002, Electrical Engineering
CEO, Relay Foods
|David Leon (Venture Capital – Seed Stage)
BS 1986, Engineering
Hampton Roads, Va.
Managing Director, Pixides Fund I
$100K ACC Clean Energy Challenge
Annual business plan competition encouraging students from all universities throughout the southeastern United States to develop business plans for new clean energy companies.
Here you can find the world’s most complete listing of entrepreneurship contests and business plan competitions.
MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition
This annual year-long competition highlights new ideas and innovations of students and researchers in the MIT community.
Global Social Venture Competition
GSVC provides aspiring entrepreneurs with mentoring, exposure, and $50,000 in prizes to transform their ideas into businesses.
Venture Labs Investment Competition
The University of Texas at Austin hosts this annual world-wide investment competition.
The SEAS Entrepreneurship Program – indeed, the entire SEAS business curriculum – was founded on the generosity and vision of alumni and friends. Private support provides virtually ALL funding for this high-impact opportunity for SEAS students as they follow their entrepreneurial passion.
Your gifts will support curriculum expansion, increased capacity in the program, business plan competitions, awards and prizes, and an ever-growing range of exciting initiatives in the SEAS Entrepreneurship Program.
For more information on how you can make a difference, please contact:
Associate Dean for Advancement, SEAS
Executive Director, UVEF Foundation
[Originally published at Newsplex.com] 2013 Winners A University of Virginia student’s innovative idea has won him $15,000. Brent Baumgartner, a first-year computer engineering major, put his plan up against 37 other entries in the Vonage-OpenGrounds Future of Social Messaging Concept Competition and came out on top. The contest challenged students to come up with the next great evolution in social […]
[Originally published at SEAS New] By Charlie Feigenoff Photo by Dan Grogan The creativity of engineering students and their teammates from the Commerce School and the College was on ample display at the Engineering School’s Fourth Annual Entrepreneurial Concept Competition, held Nov. 9 for the first time in Rice Hall. The six individuals and teams were vying […]
As children, Evan Edwards and his twin brother, Eric, were diagnosed with allergies so severe that they were required to keep EpiPens on them at all times. It was an experience that led them to found Intelliject to develop products that are portable and easy-to-use by both patients and untrained individuals in an emergency. “If […]
As a third-year, Adarsh Ramakrishnan (MAE ’12) and his friends decided to get a head start on their careers. While courses in product development awaited as part of the fourth-year curriculum, the group was not inclined to wait to gain real-world experience. Together with Mike Michon (MAE ’12), Kevin Ruth (MAE ’12) and Hyatt Gumble […]
A $15 billion gap exists between what grocery consumers spend online in the United Kingdom and in the United States each year. Zach Buckner (EE ’02), founder and CEO of Charlottesville-based Relay Foods, is applying engineering principles to prove in central Virginia that the model can succeed throughout our nation as well. According to Buckner, […]
Majoring in aerospace engineering, Katherine Clopeck (MAE ’06) spent much of her time at the University of Virginia imagining solutions that lay among the stars. Instead, she has created a career grounded in one of humanity’s most basic needs, making an often lifesaving difference in the lives of thousands of people every single day. Clopeck […]
Steve Huffman (ME ’03, ’05) is often asked for advice from U.Va. Engineering students on becoming an entrepreneur. His primary advice can be boiled down to three simple words: Be very annoyed. “Ideas are easy to come by,” said Huffman, who has rocketed to prominence based on a few of his own. “Think about a […]
The facts about boating deaths are clear. Seven in 10 of all boating deaths are caused by drowning. Fully 80 percent of those victims were not wearing a life preserver. That equates to more than 440 lives unnecessarily lost every year in the U.S. alone. Adam Malcom (MS, MAE ’06) is a boating enthusiast. He […]
If you’re a tech startup with a winning idea, hold on to your hats: Things can move pretty fast. Just ask fourth-year electrical engineering major Ashutosh Priyadarshy or third-year Duylam Nguyen-Ngo, who is studying mechanical engineering. The two undergrads’ proposal to create a mobile app to improve campus safety (called WalkBack) earned them the chance […]
Between November 2010 and January 2011, Microsoft sold 8 million units of the Kinect, a motion-sensing input device for the Xbox 360 video game console. This pace, an average of 133,333 units per day, earned it a Guinness World Record as the “fastest selling consumer electronic device” to date. Andrew Adderley (SEI ’14) and Raymond […]
April 13, 2012 — Technology and business ventures with ties to the University of Virginia will be pitched to an audience of investors from across the country, representing roughly $20 billion in active capital funds, at U.Va.’s fourth annual Venture Summit, being held April 19 in the Old Cabell Hall auditorium and April 20 in […]
Cancer treatment drugs developed by two Charlottesville-based biotech firms are set to begin clinical trials in a few weeks. Diffusion Pharmaceuticals has opened enrollment for clinical trials of its product, trans sodium crocetinate, as a first-line treatment for newly diagnosed primary brain cancer. Also this month, Tau Therapeutics announced that its investigational new drug application […]
February 9, 2012 — A ceramic water filtration device that looks like a clay flowerpot may someday play a large role in reducing waterborne infectious diseases in developing countries. Faculty and students from an array of disciplines at the University of Virginia are working together to build a mini-industry in South Africa and Guatemala aimed […]
January 31, 2012 — Adam Maguire, a first-year student in the University of Virginia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, and his classmates in “Introduction to Engineering” have built a prototype of a device that will enable people with limited or no use of their limbs to operate a computer using their tongues. Funding for […]
Walk into the decommissioned nuclear reactor room at the University of Virginia and you’ll see students pushing toward a new kind of energy future — one in which cars can be powered by electricity from any energy source, including wind, solar, nuclear, or fossil fuels. UVa Ride Forward students (L to R): Olivia Jeffers (third-year; […]