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Charlottesville Startup Trip

Friday, September 22 9:30am - 5:15pm

presented by Galant Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship


Applications closed Monday, September 11.

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Explore Charlottesville's top companies

Charlottesville is home to a thriving and rapidly growing startup and tech scene. Get a look behind the scenes at the companies across town that are changing industries and meet the people making it all happen. You'll spend Friday, September 22 touring 5 different area companies in one of three tracks (to be announced soon).

Meet young alumni and people like yourself

Throughout the day you'll get to know other talented, passionate students like yourself. You'll also meet the dozens of young alumni right here in Charlottesville that are leading many of the most exciting startups and initiatives in town. We'll end the day at Tomtoberfest, the annual free giant block party, beer garden, tech mixer, food truck rally, and concert put on by the Tom Tom Founders Festival.

Have any questions? Contact jen@hackcville.com.

Our Founding Partners

Trip Fees

Our startup trips have been proven to be transformative experiences that dramatically expand the opportunities and networks of attendees. Because of this, our goal is to make these trips as accessible as possible.

Our supportive sponsors enable us to subsidize the cost of all our trips, sometimes by as much as 50%. Partial and full scholarships are available to students with financial need. Applications are reviewed need-blind.

Each participant is expected to pay $25 for their participation. This includes breakfast and lunch.

Trip Tracks

General Entrepreneurship II

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Sawhorse Media

Sawhorse Media develops Muck Rack and Shorty Awards, search tools to discover people on the social web. Learn more →

Care + Wear

Care+Wear is a leading provider of innovative healthwear focused on creating positive and effective healing experiences for patients everywhere. Care+Wear’s primary products address the comfort of patients who have PICC lines or chest ports. Our ultra-soft, antimicrobial, breathable and machine washable PICC Line Covers and Chest Access Shirts were co-created with patients, clinicians and hospitals to provide patients with wearable products that are both functional and fashionable. Learn more →

Burrow

Burrow is a brand building clever, comfortable furniture suitable for the modern nomadic lifestyle using safe and environmentally-friendly components that are suited for a lifetime of living rooms. Burrow’s innovative, modular design maintains the premium craftsmanship and quality of high-end sofas with cost-efficient shipping and 10-minute tool-free assembly. Learn more →

Anomaly

Anomaly is an advertising agency founded in 2004 in New York City. The agency has offices in Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, London, Amsterdam, and Shanghai. Learn more →

Closing Event: Tomtoberfest Block Party

This massive fall block party celebrates local founders with a night jam-packed with concerts, food trucks, entrepreneurs, and art in downtown Charlottesville’s Emancipation Park. You'll also get to check out Tom Tom's tech mixer where you can meet and mingle with 40+ local tech firms.

General Entrepreneurship I

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Wink

Wink is the simpler way to a smarter home. Our industry-leading platform brings hundreds of products from the best brands together into the easy-to-use Wink mobile app. With Wink, you can seamlessly monitor, control, and automate your home in ways never possible before. We’re a talented, passionate, tight-knit team striving toward one very ambitious goal - to make the promise of the smart home a reality for everyone.
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Closing Event: Tomtoberfest Block Party

This massive fall block party celebrates local founders with a night jam-packed with concerts, food trucks, entrepreneurs, and art in downtown Charlottesville’s Emancipation Park. You'll also get to check out Tom Tom's tech mixer where you can meet and mingle with 40+ local tech firms.

Do you represent a company?

We're always looking for new company partners to introduce to our talented students.

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How Startup Trips Work

1. Apply

Anyone 18+ can apply to our trips through our quick online application. (We give extra consideration to existing HackCville members, but not guaranteed admission.) You can see our upcoming trips below - applications typically open about 30-45 days before the trip.

You don't need to be looking for an internship or job to apply - these trips are a great opportunity to just get inspired and learn about the opportunities available to you.

2. Career Prep

Accepted students will get access to exclusive workshops where we'll help you tweak your resume, LinkedIn, and share tips and tricks for effective networking. Students will submit their final resumes in advance of the trip to be sent to our hiring company partners.

3. Company Visits

On a typical trip, we'll visit 5-6 companies for about an hour each. We often speak to high-level employees - founders, CTOs, marketing directors, etc - about their experiences. HackCville and/or UVA alumni employees at these companies are frequent hosts of these visits.

4. Alumni Mixer

We end each day of visits with an opportunity to network with dozens of local alumni in whatever city we're visiting. You'll get to talk to them about how they got to where they are today. Many are hiring, too! Most students walk away with new friends and new contacts that can help them with their personal projects, academic journey, and job prospects.

Watch an overview of our annual trip to New York City: