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Ignite

An immersive, 10-week program hosted by HackCville

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"HackCville is a unique, vibrant community where people come from various starting points to learn to become better problem-solvers and future change makers. There is no place like it here in Charlottesville and it is increasingly becoming an integral part of the college experience for its members. "
- Melissa Wu, HackCville Member

Get a lens into the world of social entrepreneurship

In Ignite you'll get insight to the world of social entrepreneurship. Through a series of skills based workshops, hands-on projects, and networking opportunities with various professionals in the field, Ignite offers a unique opportunity to students interested in social entrepreneurship to learn and launch real projects.

Develop a real project that generates impact within Cville

The best way to learn about entrepreneurship is to do it. You'll form teams and work on real projects throughout the course of Ignite, putting the skills and industry expertise you learn into practice. (You don't need to have an idea to apply to Ignite.)

"I loved having a community I felt connected to. Having the houses available to just hangout in and having access to tons of cool opportunities was incredible. "
- Sami Strohm, HackCville Member

Join our community

Through collaborative projects, group dinners, hikes, pregames, and more you’ll become part of HackCville’s tight-knit community. We serve all UVA students (grad/undergrad) and Charlottesville community members 18+.

What You'll Learn

Design thinking

B-Corporations

Impact investing

Program Staff

Shafat Khan is the Program Lead for Ignite. He is currently working on building his own social enterprise aiming to empower women and influence economic growth within rural villages in India. In his free time, Shafat enjoys a friendly dance-off and/ or talking about anything related to Bangladesh. Shafat graduated Ignite in the Fall of 2016, after which he was a TA for the Spring of 2016 ultimately becoming Program Lead for the Fall of 2017. For any questions/ dance-offs, you can reach him at shafat@hackcville.com. More about Shafat →

Shafat Khan

Ignite Program Lead

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Applying to Ignite

Applications due by Monday, January 29, 2018 at 11:59pm

Meeting Times

Ignite meets Mo 6-7:30pm and Wed 4-5:30pm, February 4 through late April.

All sections of all programs (including Ignite) start with a 11am-5:30pm kickoff on Sunday, February 4.

You must be able to attend each session. More than a few missed meeting times will result in being dropped from HackCville.

Fees

$50 membership dues are due at the beginning of the program. These dues remain the same for every following semester you're involved in HackCville.

These fees can be reduced or waived for those with financial need, no questions asked.

Eligibility

Semester programs are high commitment, so if you're just looking to get a taste of HackCville or Social Entrepreneurship, check out our public events to get your feet wet this semester.

In our application process we look for extremely committed, reliable students who are hungry for an intensive challenge. We want people who intend on becoming active, contributing members of the HackCville community.

Any UVA student (grad or undergrad) or Charlottesville resident +18 may apply.

Perks of Membership

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 internship, job, and freelancing opportunites, we give our members access to dozens of unique experiences every year.

A community that feels like a family.

You'll join HackCville's 400-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.

Priority application for our summer program, Launch.

Get paid to learn web design, software development, marketing or data science in our 12 week summer program, Launch. You'll get trained by HackCville's expert instructors and get a guaranteed, paid internship at a local startup or tech company.

Extra Perks With Every Program

Mentorship

Looking for some guidance on how to navigate what you want to do? Every year we pair up hundreds of UVA alumni from across the country with our students to provide guidance and support. Our team also meets with you several times one-on-one to ensure you're getting the most out of your program. It's advising that actually works.

Startup Trips

HackCville hosts immersive trips to cities across the country (New York City, 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.

Melissa Wu

HackCville Member

"HackCville is a unique, vibrant community where people come from various starting points to learn to become better problem-solvers and future change makers. There is no place like it here in Charlottesville and it is increasingly becoming an integral part of the college experience for its members. "

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Applications due by Monday, January 29, 2018 at 11:59pm

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