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Tack: No Cash, No Problem
Tack was founded by the true spirit of entrepreneurship. The digital payment platform solves a problem experienced by one of the founders himself. While in Greece on his honeymoon, Alexander was staying at a hotel where many workers were helping him ...
23 Jun 2020
DoubleThink News: An Unbiased News Platform
DoubleThink, a news comparison platform, gives newsreaders access to the wide spectrum of opinions and perspectives present in the media. There has never been a more relevant time for DoubleThink’s service. As recent events intensify the angles...
19 Jun 2020
Arbitrage: Pre-Med Students Grow their Friendship as they Grow their Fashion Brand
The founders of Arbitrage always heard the advice ‘don’t go into business with friends.’ However, from their experience they suggest the opposite: “Try to do business with friends.” – Jasmanet Chahal, Curator A gro...
18 Jun 2020
Summer 2020 at the VentureLab, “Wait, What?”
What better way to explain the ‘whys’ of entrepreneurship than through the lens of UVA President, Jim Ryan’s book, Wait, What? The quick read shares five important life questions that inspire thoughtful conversations. This year&rsqu...
16 Jun 2020
Hayes Elements: 3D Printing Custom Mountain Bike Gear
Hayes Hegemier is a local high school student at Western Albemarle. This past April, Hayes competed in and won the Tom Tom Youth Summit Festival for young entrepreneurs with his company, Hayes Elements. Hayes Elements creates personalized, custom, 3D...
4 Aug 2019
Dr. Eva SkinCare: Creating Handmade, All-Natural Products
Fifteen years ago, Dr. Eva King set out to solve her struggles with acne. Eva is allergic to many things, and her skin reacted to everything she tried off the shelf. Until she decided, “You know what, I’m a biochemist, I can figure out ho...
3 Aug 2019
My K-12 Advisor: Connecting Schools with the Companies Who Serve Them
Originally born and raised in Mexico, Carlos Bortoni attended Harvard University and then moved to Washington, DC to work in consulting. He eventually joined a market research firm to help them launch a practice focused on serving independent K-12 sc...
2 Aug 2019
Pingus: Modernizing Blood Flow Measurement
Stephen Ramon and Shockley Nunnery are both 4th-year medical students at UVA. Within their first week of medical school, they knew they wanted to build medical devices. Over their clinical rotations, the two of them kept lists of things they thought ...
1 Aug 2019
The Crêpe Society: Providing Healthy, Authentic, On-the-Go Food
Any college student can relate to the need for good, healthy, quick food to grab in between classes. However, often times the fast food offered is unhealthy or impractical to eat on the go. Solène De Clippeleir (Col '18) is providing a sol...
29 Jul 2019
Tunari: Localizing the Recycling Industry
“Two years ago, around 1,000 people would go to the Rivanna Recycling Center per week, and now more than 1,000 people visit per day. So, the trend is growing, but they don’t have enough resources to process all the plastic,” Misha ...
27 Jul 2019
GrowSpring: a Post-Death Navigational Tool for Solo Spouses
There are about 700,000 people in the United States who lose their spouses each year. Following the loss of a spouse, their partner is left to navigate life alone. After Kelly Barnett became a solo spouse, she founded her venture Savvy Sage LLC. ...
26 Jul 2019
MetaCTF: Providing Hands-On, Learning-Based Competitions
Cybersecurity is expected to be one of the fastest-growing industries in the next ten years. With that comes a demand for more cybersecurity professionals. MetaCTFfounded by Roman Bohuk (Engr’20), Jake Smith (Engr’20), Marina Sanusi (Engr...
24 Jul 2019
Northshea: Employing Ghanaian Women and Making All Natural Products
Ghana is one of the largest producers of shea butter in the world. Out of the about 150,000 tons of shea butter exported from Africa yearly, 50,000 tons of that comes from the three northern regions of Ghana. However, most of the 3 million women who ...
23 Jul 2019
MedLock: Creating a Solution for the Opioid Crisis
Every 10-12 minutes, someone dies in America from an opioid overdose. Every 15 to 20 minutes, a baby is born into this world suffering from neonatal abstinence syndrome, which means the baby is suffering from opioid withdrawal as soon as it comes out...
19 Jul 2019
BEATDiabetes: Helping Diabetic Patients Achieve Their Goals
Twenty-nine million people have Type 2 Diabetes, and eighty-four million people are prediabetic in the United States. The US economy spends around $327 million annually on treatment and care for this disease. Additionally, Diabetes is the leading cau...
18 Jul 2019
Riley: a Social Network for Those with Disabilities or Medical Conditions
"When all my friends were applying to college in their senior year, I was really sick. I was misdiagnosed all throughout high school, and doctors didn't know what was wrong with me," Elizabeth Tikoyan, founder of Riley, provides con...
17 Jul 2019
Lotta: Redesigning the Portable Bidet
If you have ever traveled to parts of Europe, South America, or Asia, you probably have encountered a bidet. Bidets are used in these cultures to provide a more hygienic way to clean yourself after you use the bathroom. Many people across the world a...
16 Jul 2019
Division 1-on-1 Trainers: Connecting Collegiate Athletes with Local Athletes
It has been nearly impossible for collegiate athletes to earn money for their talents and expertise due to extremely regulated NCAA policies. However, Jared Vishno (Col '20) and Grant Sirlin (Col '20) found a way to make it possible with thei...
15 Jul 2019
Trulli: Reinventing the Way You Travel
"The problem I identified was that travel planning was really hard," Amanda Joseph (Darden '19) explains the dilemma she faced while trying to plan a trip. "There was just so much information out there. It was difficult to know wha...
12 Jul 2019
CardBoard Live: Enhancing Live Stream Experience
Wilson Hunter is a self-proclaimed “huge nerd.” He enjoys playing and streaming live card games, but has always been disappointed by the streaming services available online. Wilson and his co-founder, James Hsu, created CardBoard Live to ...
11 Jul 2019
BraveX: Incorporating Touch with Virtual Reality
In 1957, the very first form of Virtual Reality (VR) was introduced to the world. Recently, the field has exploded with new technologies created to enhance user experience with VR. BraveX, founded by William Kodama (Engr ’21), Dhyey Parikh (Eng...
27 Jun 2019
UBall: Transforming the Game of Basketball
“No one wanted to lose, so the games got heated," Molly Shields (Col '20), co-founder of UBall, explains growing up with three brothers. "For years we played 2 vs. 2 games that were extremely competitive." Growing up in a spo...
25 Jun 2019
Heartbeat: Car Seat Device to Help Busy Parents
In 2018, approximately one child died each week from vehicular heatstroke. This tragedy is what Tomeka Carroll (SEAS ‘22) set out to solve with her company, Heartbeat. Heartbeat is a device compatible with any car seat that helps busy, di...
17 Jun 2019
Flexadyne: Revolutionizing ACL Braces Using 3D Printing
"She was a superstar field hockey player, a forward, scored all of our goals." Alexa Guittari, the CEO of Flexadyne, describes one of her teammates who suffered an ACL injury. "She was finally able to play her junior spring again, but ...
17 Jun 2019
2018 iLab Summer Incubator Wrap-up
Today is the 66th day of the iLab summer incubator, the Demo Day and conclusion of the program. But before all 23 teams from the 2018 cohort gather their progress together for a presentation tonight for Demo Day (registration can be found
8 Aug 2018