Explore Richmond's Thriving Startup Scene
Richmond is home to a thriving and growing community of startups. You’ll get to meet passionate entrepreneurs, tour hip offices, and get a feel for what it’s really like to live and work in Virginia's capital. We'll leave for Richmond early on Friday, February 23 and spend all day Friday touring 5 companies.
Build Your Network
Throughout the day, you’ll get to know dozens of founders, early employees, and startup experts from across Richmond. You'll also get to know dozens of other like-minded students on the trip. At the alumni mixer on Friday evening, you’ll have the opportunity to meet and network with lots of UVA alumni who already live and work at top startups and tech companies in town. We'll head back to Charlottesville that evening.
Our Founding Partners
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 trip ticket price has not been finalized, but it will be $40 or less. This page will be updated by January 22 with the final cost. The cost will cover lunch and dinner as well as transportation to and from Richmond.
Company visits will be announced here soon!
How Startup Trips Work
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.