A new VCU initiative is encouraging innovation by students and local entrepreneurs

Through a new collaboration with Richmond-area entrepreneurs, underrepresented students at Virginia Commonwealth University will have the opportunity to develop entrepreneurial skills and gain real-world experience.  

In this new learning model, called the VCU Entrepreneurship Academy, 150 low-income and first generation college students will collaborate in a blended learning environment with 50 community members from Richmond’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, VCU announced earlier this year. 

“For the Entrepreneurship Academy, it’s a priority of VCU and definitely a priority of the da Vinci Center to experiment and create opportunities for the community and students to work together,” said Lloyd Young, communications specialist at the VCU da Vinci Center for Innovation.  

The Academy kicked off at VCU this semester and offers learning modules on design thinking, digital literacy, business model canvas and the art of the pitch. Both students and community members will earn digital…

Read the full story from the Washington Business Journal.

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