The University for Virginia
The University of Virginia accelerates robust, enduring, and inclusive economic growth that improves lives and promotes flourishing communities across Virginia.
- Amplifying growth through research, innovation, and entrepreneurship
- Joining forces with local and state partners to recruit and retain industry in Virginia
- Empowering a future-ready workforce with the necessary skills in a rapidly changing world
- Economic impact $5.9 billion Generated for Virginia by UVA every year
- Employment impact 51,600+ jobs Created and sustained by UVA
- Government revenue impact $239.9 million State and local government revenue attributable to UVA
The University of Virginia advances economic prosperity through high-impact engagement with companies, communities, localities, non-profits, and education partners. As we begin our third century, we reaffirm our commitment to service to the Commonwealth. Explore our strategy for amplifying economic impact across Virginia.Learn more
The School of Data Science – UVA’s 12th school and the first established since 2007 – will position the University as a global leader in efforts to improve society through teaching and research based on the powerful, emerging field of data science.
Saltville native Austin Widner has helped the University hone its outreach to students from rural areas west of Roanoke, where many students may have felt that UVA was unattainable.
A $9.9 million federal grant was award to the Virginia Department of Education in partnership with the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation and the University of Virginia. The grant will support statewide programs and initiatives that boost Virginia's early education system.
UVA's Batten Institute seeks to improve society by creating knowledge about the transformative power of entrepreneurship and innovation and by cultivating principled, entrepreneurial leaders.
The W.L. Lyons Brown III Innovation Laboratory, or i.Lab at UVA supports entrepreneurs and innovators both on and beyond the UVA Grounds. The i.Lab provides programs, funding, workspace, mentors, community, and additional resources to support new entrepreneurs and accelerate new ventures.
Local biotechnology industry leader Nikki Hastings, PhD, has been named the first Executive Director of the CvilleBioHub, a non-profit that connects and supports the Charlottesville-area biotechnology sector. CvilleBioHub will receive strategic planning assistance from Denise Hubbard, program director for UVA’s Office of Economic Development, and Grant Tate, of the Bridge Ltd. consulting firm.
The UVA Licensing & Ventures Group helps discoveries reach their full potential in the marketplace. In 2018 there were 213 invention disclosures filed, 59 U.S. patents issued and 77 transactions with commercial partners.
The "Hire Virginia Job Fair" in Hampton Roads connected recent graduates of UVA to local employers looking to hire young talent. Coordinated by UVA's Career Center, the event represented a larger commitment by UVA to the Commonwealth to connect graduates to local employers.
As the entrepreneurial offerings at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business continue to grow and mature, funding for ventures started by Darden alumni is skyrocketing. Darden's cultivation of the entrepreneurial ecosystem has created broad-based impact in Virginia and beyond.
Sponsored by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), undergraduate students can now complete courses within a "cybersecurity focal path," preparing them to fulfill workforce needs in Virginia and beyond.
UVA joined the Rolls-Royce University Technology Center network in 2014, elevating UVA Engineering's research and education programs so that researchers can create new knowledge in sectors that are critical to our society and economy, and students can become the next generation of leaders to advance breakthroughs in these fields.
UVA professors and administrators secured a nearly $7.6 million contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to detect broad-spectrum cyber threats almost immediately after they are launched. The project is related to the University's Cyber Innovation and Society Initiative and has the potential to protect organizations from cyber threats in Virginia and beyond.
UVA researchers founded Teachstone® to provide assessment and professional development for educators through the Classroom Assessment Scoring System® (CLASS®). The method has been broadly adopted at the state and national level in the US and in 45 countries. In May of 2018, Teachstone announced a partnership with KinderCare Education®, the nation's largest provider of early childhood education and child care.
PsiKick is utilizing revolutionary ultra-low-power technologies from the Universities of Virginia and Michigan to build completely self-powered sensing systems that do not require batteries, can be deployed nearly anywhere, and unlock new data streams that generate significant value in Virginia and beyond. The company also creates jobs in the Charlottesville region.
UVA Professor Shawn Russell helps those with disabilities take on skiing, proving that biomechanics research has real-life applications that can change lives for the better in Virginia and beyond.
The College of Arts and Sciences created The New College Curriculum to help students flourish at UVA, in their chosen careers, and as active citizens. The curriculum stresses three literacies that equip students with the necessary skills and fluencies needed to succeed in a rapidly-transforming world.
UVA leaders celebrated the announcement of Amazon's decision to locate a major headquarters function in Virginia as a significant opportunity to increase our contributions to the state and to collaborate with additional Virginia universities to create economic opportunity for all Virginians.
UVA, Albemarle County, and the City of Charlottesville pledged support for a program aimed at accelerating the growth of local startups. The proposed Catalyst Accelerator Program would provide a longer form of support for entrepreneurs seeking funding to advance their companies. UVA applied for a grant through GO Virginia, a state-funded initiative encouraging regional collaboration, to launch the program.
The UVA Center for Engineering in Medicine promotes innovation by embedding engineering students into clinical environments and nursing and medical trainees into engineering laboratories. Students work in multidisciplinary teams to acquire the necessary technical vocabulary, cultural literacy, and experience for careers in health care innovation.
A WMRA podcast alludes to UVA's role in the biotechnology industry in Central Virginia. Grounded in UVA research and support from UVA's Licensing and Ventures Group (LVG), companies like Contraline and TearSolutions are making exciting advances and nurturing the biotechnology ecosystem in the region.
Insulin delivery technology developed at UVA and commercialized by TypeZero Technologies, Inc. received initial support from UVA's Licensing and Ventures Group (LVG). Now, LVG has exited from TypeZero following acquisition by DexCom, the leader in continuous glucose monitoring for diabetes. The news highlights UVA's cultivation of research and entrepreneurship that ultimately improves lives and stimulates our economy.
The UVA Licensing & Ventures Group (LVG) has invested in three Charlottesville-based ventures that grew out of University research. TypeZero Technologies Inc., TearSolutions Inc., and Mission Secure Inc. all have the potential to make an impact and to drive the local and regional economy. The LVG Seed Fund offers UVA-affiliated startups capital to advance opportunities often considered too early for investment by traditional sources.
Mission Secure Inc. recently announced the closing of an $8 million Series A financing round led by Energy Innovation Capital and Chevron Technology Ventures. The company spun out of UVA research and intellectual property developed by UVA's Licensing and Ventures Group. Mission Secure Inc. supports jobs in Charlottesville and plans to double their workforce going forward.
UVA's Center for Applied Biomechanics is taking a leadership role in analyzing populations with heightened vulnerability to traffic-related injury or death, specifically women and obese passengers. Increased understanding of injury tolerance and prediction will allow automotive manufacturers, policymakers, and researchers to make vehicles safer for the entire population.
A new UVA Cancer Center Without Walls initiative will empower Southwest Virginia residents to lead projects to better detect and prevent cancer in the region. The initiative grew out of a community advisory board formed in 2013 and will address cancer disparities in the Appalachian counties of Southwest Virginia.
Darden offers over 35 elective courses in entrepreneurship and innovation, four major entrepreneurial competitions awarding more than $370,000 annually, and an incubator program know as the i.Lab. Graduates are prepared to meet the unique challenges of today's business landscape and to accelerate economic growth through entrepreneurship.
NSF funding will allow UVA Engineering’s Link Lab to develop a new program that will train graduate students to make discoveries and then translate that knowledge into new technologies, products and services. The program will help train the next generation of scientific leaders to develop the skills necessary to tackle complex societal problems.
EdPolicyWorks, a joint collaboration between the Curry and Batten Schools, brings together researchers from across UVA and the state to focus on important questions of educational policy and implications for the workforce. Researchers presented their work in over 25 key presentations across this year's fall conference of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management.
Women engineers at UVA host high school women each year to promote STEM and engineering as an accessible career path. UVA's Society of Women Engineers teaches women the basics of the field and empowers them to explore its possibilities, creating necessary expansion of the engineering and STEM pipelines in Virginia.
Professor Gregory B. Fairchild is the first director of Northern Virginia operations for the University of Virginia. He will oversee programs and facilities currently offered by Darden, the McIntire School of Commerce, and the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, among others. His appointment is indicative of UVA's growing presence in the Washington region.
The MITRE Corporation and UVA Engineering launched a Systems Engineering Fellowship for federal employees intended to help train the next generation of government technology leaders. The program is underway in McLean, VA and offers military and civilian government employees hands-on project and research experience at MITRE with an accelerated master's degree in systems engineering from UVA.
Darden's Executive MBA and Global Executive MBA programs will now operate primarily from a new state-of-the-art facility in the Rosslyn district of Arlington, VA. A marriage between distance learning and weekend residencies creates flexibility for working adults and deepens ties to the Northern Virginia area.
An app designed by researchers at the University of Virginia is proving that 'warm technology' - personalized and personal - can have an impact on patient engagement and care management. A second iteration of the app will engage healthcare providers, further refining a concept that will positively impact patients throughout Virginia and beyond.
UVA launched a first-of-its-kind study using telemedicine to detect bladder cancer in underserved parts of the state. A UVA urologist provides analysis and diagnosis through the virtual platform, expanding access to care in an area where increased screening and services could improve early detection and treatment outcomes.
The Federal Communications Commission unanimously approved a $100 million program designed to support telehealth and telemedicine programs for underserved populations in rural areas. UVA's co-founder and director of Telehealth Karen Rheuban supported the proposal, envisioning UVA as a strong partner in the effort and testifying to the urgency for support in Southwest Virginia.
Funding from the University's Strategic Investment Fund and the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development enabled UVA-Wise to open "The Nest," a critical step towards creating a robust culture of entrepreneurship and innovation in the region.
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