HackCville’s Social Entrepreneurship Program
Ignite is a 12-week program that introduces students to the wide world of social entrepreneurship. Learn more about Ignite below, or learn more about all of HackCville’s programs here.
Ignite’s workshops explore a wide range of social issues, from climate change to human rights. Ignite will also explore and train students in how individuals and ventures tackle these real-world problems. All students will apply what they learn through hands-on projects in the Charlottesville community and beyond. All students also get access to HackCville’s robust network of alumni mentors and social ventures.
Ignite’s hands-on projects, intensive workshops, personalized mentorship, and career guidance give graduates the awareness, skills, and network they need to be successful in social entrepreneurship.
Ignite is sponsored by Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Virginia.
Meet the Program Leads
Adam Ghazzawi is the program lead for Ignite and a 4th Year studying Leadership & Public Policy and Middle Eastern Studies at UVA. Prior to his role as program lead, Adam served as the Managing Director for HackCville. You can reach Adam at [email protected].
Kim is one of the assistant instructors for Ignite. Kim is a 4th Year at UVA studying foreign affairs and social entrepreneurship. Kim graduated HackCville’s Hustle program in Spring 2015.
Kendall is one of the assistant instructors for Ignite. She’s a 4th Year studying religious studies and social entrepreneurship at UVA. Kendall graduated HackCville’s Hustle program in Fall 2015.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.