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Washington DC Startup Trip

Thursday, November 01 - Saturday, November 03

presented by Galant Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship


Applications closed Friday, September 28.

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Explore DC's Coolest Companies

Washington DC has a thriving startup scene with thousands of companies in every field imaginable. 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 and health sciences in our nation’s capital. We'll leave for DC on Thursday, November 1, and spend all day Friday touring some of DC’s coolest startups.

Build Your Network in DC

Throughout the trip, you’ll be able to bond with a intimate group of other talented, passionate students like yourself. At the alumni mixer, you’ll have the opportunity to meet and network with 30+ other UVA alumnae who already live and work at top startups and tech companies in town. After growing your network, spend the following day exploring the city on your own!

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.

The total cost of the trip will be $80.

Company visits will be announced here soon!

Do you represent a company?

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

Meet the Trip's Presenting Sponsor

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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: