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Worm Works LLC: A Natural Solution to Waste Management
Taylor Kamhong and George Ardura, the founders of Worm Works LLC, know their love of worms is uncommon. The two were introduced through a mutual friend who thought they needed to meet each other because of this niche, shared passion. In addition to w...
31 Jul 2020
Transfoam: the Key to Sustainable Consumerism
Transfoam is making a sustainable world more accessible for the average consumer. Founders Alec Brewer, Simonne Guenette, and Kobe Rogers are University of Virginia students studying biomedical engineering, biology, and biochemistry respectively. The...
31 Jul 2020
SergoMED: Adding on to the Endoscope
What started as a capstone project has transformed into a medical device company. Vincent (Vinny) Sciortino, Vikram Seshadri, and Kevin Chang, recent graduates of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia, founded SergoMED to improve physi...
27 Jul 2020
Q-Rayt: Connecting Knowledge Institutions with the Workplace
Thomas Jefferson instilled lifelong learning into the core of the University of Virginia. To embrace this mindset, Srikar Gullapalli, recent Darden School of Business graduate, has created Q-Rayt: the tool to remain a lifelong learner. Q-Ra...
22 Jul 2020
ShadowDoc: Paging All Future Medical Professionals
ShadowDoc is the new go-to resource for anyone remotely interested in the medical field. The founders behind this venture, Nitin Tiwari and Benjamin Tran, may appear to be dermatologists but are truly entrepreneurs. The two met while at the Universit...
17 Jul 2020
PERC Coffee: A True Brewery
PERC Coffee is brewing up a new way to explore and experience coffee. The craft coffee roasting company is opening a second shop in Atlanta, GA on August 4th. Philip Brown and Alan Fischer, the passionate founders of PERC, don’t even need four ...
14 Jul 2020
Piaz: Dumplings that Empower
Piaz is empowering refugee and immigrant women through bringing dumplings to American tables. The flavor-packed dumpling company started by recent University of Virginia Darden graduate, Saule Kassengaliyeva, produces recipes from female refugees and...
9 Jul 2020
Rise Energy Systems: A New Approach to Make Solar Energy Accessible
Rise Energy Systems is making it easy for businesses and homes to run on solar. Matthew Miller, the founder of Rise, has developed a ground-based, remotely-deployable solar array. The solar panels retract in and out like an accordion, only taking up ...
7 Jul 2020
Qwerty: Share the Notes, Spread the Knowledge
Have you ever been sitting in class wishing your notes could be as neat as your neighbors? Or maybe you are the neighbor with a talent for organizing information clearly. You could even need notes for one class and be a successful note-take...
2 Jul 2020
RevArt: Art Without Boundaries
A traditional trade in the art industry involves an artist’s agent connecting with a collector, who then determines whether the artist’s work will be purchased for a gallery. Patti Pan, a recent University of Virginia Darden School of Bus...
30 Jun 2020
VisitAble: Creating a More Accessible World
Joe Jamison wonders why businesses are missing out on a significant portion of the consumer market. The 2019 University of Virginia graduate grew up vicariously experiencing the unnecessary difficulties faced by those with mobility issues. Joe&r...
25 Jun 2020
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