Tracks

The five Tracks for the 2016-2017 UVA Entrepreneurship Cup are listed below, along with descriptions and submissions details. Choose a track after navigating through the track descriptions below.

While your concept may seem appropriate for more than one track, you must choose ONE track to enter. Not sure which track to choose? Contact us and we will be glad to help!

Percentage of who competed in which track 2015-2016:

UVA Wise 4%
Consumer/Business-to-Business 43%
Health Care Services & Technologies 18%
Social Entrepreneurship 27%
Science/Engineering 8%

Health Care Services & Technologies Track

Hosted by: School of Medicine, School of Nursing
Submissions Due: 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 21, 2016
Semi-finalists Announced: Friday, November 4, 2016
Competition Date: Thursday, November 10, 2016
Location and Time: i.Lab at UVA at 4:30 p.m.
Number of Winners: 5
Point of Contact: David Chen (davidchen@Virginia.edu), Ken White (krw6cc@virginia.edu)

Description: Health Care Services & Technologies – new applications of university based research, capstone projects, any product or service where the primary customers would be hospitals, health and wellness centers or medical professionals.

Alternative: Drugs, medical devices, or any technology which the primary goal is health of a human or animal.

Examples: A new method for hand-washing in hospitals; A new wearable device to manage medication; A new sensor technology to enable care of loved ones; A new device for measuring insulin levels


Social Entrepreneurship Track

Hosted by: Batten, Curry, Architecture
Submissions Due: 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 21, 2016
Semi-finalists Announced: Friday, November 4, 2016
Competition Date: Thursday, November 10, 2016
Location and Time: Great Hall of Garrett Hall at 5:30 p.m.
Number of Winners: 5
Point of Contact: Christine Mahoney (c.mahoney@virginia.edu)

Description: Projects in this track are sustainable business models with a mission to have a positive social impact. These social ventures may be for-profit or non-profit but they must be sustainable. Concepts should consider their “triple bottom line” – financial sustainability, environmental sustainability and social responsibility. “Financial Sustainability” means that the concept should include how the entity will earn revenue to continue operating over time (i.e. not grant or charity based).

Examples: A company that manufactures and sells affordable and environmentally safe feminine hygiene products, the use of which might increase education outcomes for young women; An alternative financial provider to pay-day lending, resulting in greater levels of financial stability for low-income households.


Consumer/Business-to-Business Track

Hosted by: Darden/McIntire
Submissions Due: 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 21, 2016
Semi-finalists Announced: Friday, November 4, 2016
Competition Date: Thursday, November 10, 2016
Location and Time: i.Lab at UVA at 4:30 p.m.
Number of Winners: 5
Point of Contact: MJ Toms (tomsm@darden.virginia.edu), David Touve (david@virginia.edu), Madelyn Taylor (taylorm@darden.virginia.edu)

Description: Projects in this Track focus upon some new market category as yet unmet, or some pre-existing market need/want that is underserved—with either potential as customers, consumers or businesses. Meeting these needs/wants may not require any scientific breakthroughs. Instead, your project makes use of what’s available, perhaps in a novel way, to develop a compelling, even—dare we say—sophisticated solution.

Examples: An online marketplace for connecting fashion designers with feedback and customers; A new, healthy-food service on the Corner; A social media app that makes it easier to plan group events; A platform that helps private schools manage their finances and operations.


Science/Technology/Innovation Track

Hosted by: School of Engineering and Applied Science, School of Law, College of Arts & Sciences
Submissions Due: 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 21, 2016
Semi-finalists Announced: Friday, November 4, 2016
Competition Date: Thursday, November 10, 2016
Location and Time: MEC 205 at 5:00 p.m.
Number of Winners: 5
Point of Contact: Liz Pyle (epp2f@virginia.edu), Rob Masri (rcm6d@Virginia.EDU), Alex Zorychta (ajz9uc@virginia.edu)

Description: Projects in this track have drawn on science engineering, computer science, intellectual property, and/or math to develop solutions to meet or solve a societal or consumer need. The underlying discovery or innovation can originate from any of the sciences: materials, chemical, aerospace, electrical, computing, biology, physics, math, etc.

Examples: 

• Chip enabled credit cards
• Process for recycling gray water
• Smart cars
• Solar roadways
• Micro-plastics filters
• Cyber security systems


UVA-Wise (for students who attend UVA College at Wise ONLY!)

Hosted by: UVA-Wise
Submissions Due: 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 21, 2016
Semi-finalists Announced: Friday, November 4, 2016
Competition Date: Thursday, November 10, 2016
Location and Time: Dogwood Room-5th Floor of C. Bascom Slemp Student Center at 1:00 p.m.
Number of Winners: 5
Point of Contact: Robyn Lee (RLee@uvawise.edu)

Description: This track is for all projects competing in the E-Cup via UVA-Wise.