Become a Startup Scout
University of Virginia

Join the VC Startup Scout program and unlock unique opportunities! Broaden your horizons, expand your network globally, and get firsthand start-up experience. Your step towards the thrilling world of Venture Capital begins here, University of Virginia members.


The University of Virginia (UVA) has a thriving startup and venture capital (VC) ecosystem. The Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club (EVCC) at UVA's Darden School of Business is a prominent player in this ecosystem, helping student entrepreneurs connect with venture capitalists, providing them with resources such as venture capital case studies and helping them refine their pitch decks.

One of the successful UVA alumni is Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit, a popular social news aggregation, web content rating, and discussion website. Ohanian graduated from UVA in 2005 with degrees in commerce and history. Reddit has become one of the most visited websites in the world, and Ohanian's success illustrates the potential of UVA graduates in the startup ecosystem.

Besides individual successes, UVA has initiated programs like the iLab (Innovation Lab) Incubator program managed by the Batten Institute at the Darden School of Business. The program provides a collaborative environment for UVA-affiliated startups, offering office space, mentorship, and a $5,000 grant without taking any equity. Since 2012, iLab has supported over 200 ventures.

Additionally, the Galant Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship offers several initiatives to UVA students, including the E-Cup competition, which is a University-wide initiative that seeks to enrich and enhance the culture of innovation and entrepreneurship at the University.

Another important player in UVA's startup ecosystem is the UVA Seed Fund, which provides funding to UVA-affiliated startups. The fund seeks to encourage and support entrepreneurship within the UVA community by providing early-stage capital to promising ventures.

Despite these rich resources, the UVA ecosystem is not limited to the campus. Charlottesville, where UVA is located, has a thriving entrepreneurial scene as well. Numerous startup companies have bloomed in the city, making it a hub of innovation and entrepreneurship. The presence of UVA has played a crucial role in cultivating this environment.

As a Scout, You Can...

Kickstart Your Venture Capital Career

Showing your skills in picking successful startups and advising founders is the surest way to build your reputation and secure a venture capital role.

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Help Your Ecosystem Thrive

Your community, region, or group thrives when its founders are given the chance to succeed before going back and reinvesting in their comunities.

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Earn a Share in Startups Without Investing in Them

Earn a share in startups you scout without the funds to invest directly just like a VC partner.

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Monetise Your Content & Community

As a podcaster, community manager, or event organiser you have a front-row seat to interesting startups which you can monetise by helping them fundraise.

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Create a Fairer Society

By identifying under-represented founders you're level the playing field for anyone to success based on merit independent from their social or ethnic background.

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Help Friends Get Funded

Help your friends who are neck-deep in their startups get the funding they need to succeed.

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Grow Your Personal Brand

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Available Programs

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Investors, get the latest dealflow opportunities from UVA—from individuals to startups to innovative projects. Come explore what University of Virginia has to offer.

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Co-Working Space Organiser

Do you help run a co-working space as an organiser or a greeter? Do you come across interesting entrepreneurs and startups?

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Event Organiser

Do you organise an event, conference, or trade show? Help your founder attendees get discovered.

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Are you active in the entrepreneurship club at your college? Doing an MBA? Or are you a PHD student at a technical university? Help your fellow students get funded.

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