Washington DC Startup Trip

Thursday, November 21 – Saturday, November 23

Presented by the Galant Center for Entrepreneurship

Explore DC’s Coolest Companies

Behind the scenes DC has grown to become one of the largest startup scenes in the country, especially in impactful industries like healthcare, education, and energy. (If you’re from Northern Virginia, there’s a good chance you’re not familiar with just how much tech and innovation activity has grown in recent years in the area.) After just a short drive, you’ll get to meet passionate entrepreneurs, tour hip offices, and get an inside look into the world of technology in our nation’s capital. We’ll leave for DC on Thursday, November 21, and spend all day Friday touring some of DC’s coolest startups.

Build Your Network

Throughout the weekend, you’ll get to know three dozen other talented, passionate students like yourself. At the alumni mixer on Friday evening, you’ll have the opportunity to meet and network with 50+ other UVA alumni who already live and work at top startups and tech companies in town. Most of Saturday you’ll have to explore the city on your own!

We leave DC on Saturday, November 23 in late morning.

Past Company Visits Include

Our Trip Sponsors

Trip Tickets

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.

Tickets are $80. This includes a round trip transportation, lodging, some meals, and entrance into all of our events and programming.

How Startup Trips Work

1. Apply

Any UVA student can apply to our trips through our quick online application. (We give extra consideration to existing HackCville members, but not guaranteed admission.) We use the same app for our NYC, Philly, and DC trips, so you can apply to one or some of them at the same time. Since they happen during the same weekend, you will only be selected for one.

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.

5. Still have questions?

Email caky@hackcville.com and we will get back to you soon!

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