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Galant Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Industry Engagement

The Galant Center operates at the forefront of Charlottesville’s flourishing startup scene. Contributing to local entrepreneurial culture and promoting innovation-based activities, through myriad partnerships across the University and in the local community, the Center supports many startup-based learning programs and exciting competition events.

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Galant Challenge

The Galant Challenge connects ventures from the UVA community with potential investors. This exciting event has successfully funded ventures with more than $2 million in capital, in just the past few years alone.

 

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Competitions

In addition to the Galant Challenge, there are a number of University-wide new venture competitions and funding opportunities, including the UVA Entrepreneurship Cup (“the E-Cup”), which awards upwards of $25,000 for winning UVA undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral teams, and The American Evolution Innovators Cup, a multi-university innovation concept competition with prizes totaling $60,000 for solutions facing the Commonwealth and the nation.

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Speakers, Workshops, and Symposia

Throughout the semester, we partner with student organizations (e.g., Entrepreneurship Group, Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, HackCville) to bring speakers to Grounds; host workshops; and create opportunities to connect founders, funders, and other alumni working in and around the new venture community with students.