Hustle - HackCville's Entrepreneurship Program - HackCville


HackCville’s Entrepreneurship Program

Hustle is a 12-week program that teaches the fundamentals of entrepreneurship. Learn more about Hustle below, or learn more about all of HackCville’s programs here.

Program Details

Students join a small cohort where they learn the fundamentals of entrepreneurship. Intensive workshops led by experienced entrepreneurs and hands-on community and small group projects teach students first-hand how to best identify problems and test creative solutions.

Students also gain access to a close-knit support network and community for them to pursue their personal entrepreneurial projects. All students are also paired with an alumni and student mentor and has access to HackCville’s wide network of hiring startups.

Hustle starts the week of February 5 and will meet twice each week: Mondays 7-9pm and Saturdays 1-3pm.

Meet the Program Leads

Chip Ransler

Chip Ransler is the program lead for Hustle and the Executive Director of HackCville. He also lectures at the McIntire School of Commerce and the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. 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

Ian Ayers

Ian Ayers is the co-instructor for Hustle. Ian is an entrepreneur and technologist, having co-founded and run a variety of companies including a web host in the 90’s, a pedicab company in Charlottesville, and a technology-driven talent recruitment company in Stockholm. Recently, he was VP of eCommerce with Branch Basics, and Director of Digital Strategy at Vastly. Currently, he is Director at Borrowed & Blue. Since, 2009 Ian has collaborated with Dr. Sarasvathy and the Batten Institute to advance “effectuation,” a framework for entrepreneurial decision-making, and has given over fifty talks on the subject. He holds two degrees from UVA, a BS in Systems Engineering (’04) and MBA (’09) from Darden.

Liza Ayres

Liza graduated the Hustle program in Spring 2016 and is now one of the assistant instructors for Hustle. Liza is a 2nd Year at the University of Virginia studying English.

Alekhya Peruri

Alekhya graduated the Hustle program in Fall 2016 and is now one of the assistant instructors for Hustle. Alekhya is a 1st Year Pre-Commerce major at the University of Virginia.

My favorite part about HackCville is getting to know everyone in my class and in the overall community. It is unique to find a collection of such innovative and motivated people. The resources offered by HackCville for any sort of project you may want to embark on are extremely useful, especially for those who have limited experience in entrepreneurship.”

– Mark Martinkov, HackCville Member, Hustle 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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