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Purposeful, positive change to society is not possible without the cultivation of thoughtful leaders and enterprising minds. At Virginia Tech, our mission is to do just this, by inspiring and preparing students to turn their passion and ideas into action. We strive to create a culture that unleashes creativity, sparks vision and innovation, and instills in tomorrow's leaders the entrepreneurial mindset and skillset that will enable them to truly invent the future.

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Virginia Tech is a world leader in interdisciplinary education and collaborative innovation. Our mission is to foster a love of learning and service to our community, both local and global. We support every stage of an entrepreneur’s journey from research to commercialization. But Virginia Tech is more than about starting businesses. We enable our students to create knowledge and to apply it to the needs of an interconnected world.


Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
The premier resource for Virginia Tech students, alumni and faculty innovators and entrepreneurs.

Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council
Promoting the growth of the region's technology sector.

Entrepreneur Club (E-Club)
The Entrepreneur Club at Virginia Tech brings students together to build world-changing ideas.

@ the NExus
Virginia Tech's innovation and entrepreneurship summit.

Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties, Inc.
Licenses technologies developed by Virginia Tech faculty, staff, and students.

inVenTs Living Learning Community
An interdisciplinary living-learning space for students interested in transforming innovative ideas.

VT KnowledgeWorks
Services to help entrepreneurs plan, launch, and grow a business.

National Science Foundation I-Corps
Fostering entrepreneurship that will lead to the commercialization of NSF-funded research

Technical Assistance Program
Connecting faculty members to market needs and the businesses who can utilize them.

Northern Virginia Technology Council
Connecting, growing, educating, and advocating for the innovative and entrepreneurial technology community in Northern Virginia and the greater region.

Innovate Living Learning Community
Discovering, preparing, and connecting the next generation of entrepreneurial-leaders.

Virginia Tech National Capital Region
Dedicated to furthering the university's education, research, and outreach in the Washington, D.C. metro area.

Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development
Developing the capacity of communities and the university to support technology, talent and entrepreneurship.

Startup Weekend
Where Blacksburg comes to build skills, meet incredible people, and launch successful startups.

Center for Innovation-based Manufacturing (CIbM)
Solving current manufacturing issues and helping the university commercialize new technologies.

Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS)
Leveraging Virginia Tech’s existing research strengths to solve problems in the technological and scientific environment.

Design, Research, and Education for Additive Manufacturing Systems (DREAMS) Lab
Driven by a vision of using today’s “rapid prototyping” technologies to manufacture tomorrow's end-use artifacts.

Virginia Tech Office of Research and Innovation
Fostering high-quality research and scholarship and providing access to funding information.

Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT)
A university-level research institute positioned at the nexus of the arts, design, engineering and science.

Blacksburg's first makerspace

Ware Lab
A facility dedicated solely to undergraduate student design projects in the College of Engineering.

Virgnia Tech Corporate Research Center
A growing research park for high-technology companies.

Northern Virginia Center Maker Lab
An opern makerspace devoted to creating a thriving community and finding new approaches to "hands on, minds on" learning.

Blacksburg co-working for software product entrepreneurs.

Tech Center at Oyster Point
A place to collaborate, exchange ideas, and encourage high-tech entrepreneurship.

Virginia Tech Catalyst Faculty
Helping faculty, students, alumni, and Virginia Tech-linked companies launch new startups or accelerate existing ventures.

NSF/DC I-Corps Regional Node Training
The NSF I-Corps training through the Lean LaunchPad approach using customer development and the business model canvas.

Entrepreneurship Minor
Curriculum that provides experiential, team-based scholarship focused on the entrepreneurial process.

Information Exchange Agreements
Connecting sponsors or potential research partners to protect information.

Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs)
Allowing for the exchange of materials for research and/or commercial purposes.

Student Legal Services
A free, pre-paid legal service available to all Virginia Tech students. Limited advice is available on tax and business matters.

Assistance in reviewing, negotiating, and executing on behalf of the university.

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Events happening around the community.

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Keep up to date with the latest news from Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties about inventions by faculty, staff, and students.

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Honoring those who personify Virginia Tech's teaching, research, and service missions through their entrepreneurial efforts.


Find out about entrepreneurship stories that are happening at Virginia Tech at the news sources below:

> Students: Apex CIE

> Faculty: Vice President for Research and Innovation

> Alumni: VT News