Beta - Entrepreneurship Program - HackCville


HackCville’s Program to Support Entrepreneurial Projects

Beta is our program for people with existing projects or projects that continue after starting in Hustle, Spark, and Ignite. We provide personalized mentorship and resources to help you continue to grow your project. Learn more about Beta below, or learn more about all of HackCville’s programs here.

Program Details

Beta is a new program at HackCville, launching this January for the first time. We’re finishing up the details of the program and will update this page with more information soon!

Beta will meet Fridays from 1-3pm. Beta will not be accepting new applications until summer 2017.

Meet the Program Leads

Chip Ransler

Chip Ransler is the program lead for Hustle and the Executive Director of HackCville. Chip has extensive experience in entrepreneurship. He formerly founded and/or led several companies, including Husk Power Systems, Branch Basics, and Topik Solutions. Chip has an MBA from Darden and a BA in Archaeology from the University of Virginia. You can reach Chip with any questions about Hustle at

Upal Saha

Upal graduated the Hustle program in Fall 2015 and is now one of the assistant instructors for Beta. Upal’s a 4th Year at UVA studying computer science.

Juan Palacio

Juan graduated the Hustle program in Fall 2016 and now is one of the assistant instructors for Beta. Juan is a 2nd Year at UVA studying systems engineering and economics.

I love the endless amount of resources and guidance HackCville offers. From having members/staff take 5 minutes to sit down and talk to me, to endless workshops throughout the semester, to the random email/text messages - everyone genuinely cares about one another.

– Nina Satasiya, HackCville Member, Wireframe Program Graduate

HackCville Membership Perks

After you complete your first HackCville program, you're granted HackCville membership. Here's what you get:

24/7 access to our fun and functional clubhouses on Elliewood Ave. Our two clubhouses are filled with hammocks, couches, whiteboards, and WiFi. Use our space to work on your projects, hold meetings, or just hang out.

Exclusive events and job opportunities. Whether it's drinks with the co-founder of Reddit or HackCville-only job opportunities, we give our members access to dozens of unique experiences every year.

A community that feels like family. You'll join HackCville's 200-member community of the most talented and badass people in Charlottesville.

Early access to HackCville programs, no application required. Want to take another program? As a member, you can just sign up - no application required. We open up spots to members before the public.

Here’s what’s included in every HackCville program.

1. Workshops

Each program cohort meets 1-2x each week at one of HackCville's clubhouses on Elliewood Avenue. You'll participate in fun, fast-paced workshops to teach you modern skills.

Along the way, you'll be become close with your peers. Many of our students end up starting projects together with the people they meet.

2. Projects

You'll work on several hands-on projects throughout the program to put what you're learning into action. This could be anything from a data visualization project to a mini-documentary to your own startup.

These make great resume-building and portfolio-building experiences, too.

3. Mentorship

HackCville pairs every student with a peer and/or alumni mentor to provide guidance and support as you work on your projects throughout the program.

Our team also meets with you several times one-on-one to ensure you're getting the most out of your program.

4. Trips

HackCville hosts immersive trips to cities across the country (New York, San Francisco, Baltimore, and more) to tour companies, meet alumni, and give students networking opportunities with industry leaders.

Trips are where you see how what you're learning is put into action in the real world.

Learn more about all of HackCville's programs.


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