VCU Demo Day to showcase student entrepreneurship and innovation – VCU News
VCU Demo Day, the da Vinci Center for Innovation’s annual event showcasing top talent in student entrepreneurship at Virginia Commonwealth University, will be held on Friday, April 29 and will highlight and reward talent from around the world. university for innovations ranging from medical devices to social networks and nonprofit ideas.
This year, six teams will pitch their ideas on stage, then the audience will join a reception at the VCU Shift Retail Lab, 1235 W. Broad St. At the reception, the audience will see more than 40 projects and presentations from founding students of everywhere VCU for the people’s choice award.
Financial rewards are provided by members of the da Vinci Center Advisory Board and event sponsor, Capital One. There will also be a new award presented by a VCU Demo Day alumnus, Pranav Neyveli, who attended VCU Pre-X and Demo Day in 2019 as a freshman in VCU Engineering with members of the team Brennan Stark and Satya Koppu. They introduced PeerPal, a project they were working on that allowed clients to leverage meaningful engagement between a school’s existing community of students, families and alumni with potential families. In just 18 months, PeerPal became the fastest growing admissions and marketing software provider used by prestigious schools and was acquired by Graduway in 2021.
Through VCU Pre-X and Demo Day, Neyveli worked closely with da Vinci Center Executive Director Garret Westlake, Ph.D., who offered advice and pitched it to local investors. Neyveli’s team received $5,000 through VCU Pre-X and Demo Day that year and stretched that money to launch their product. Neyveli is funding a $2,000 Todd Allen Phillips Memorial Award in honor of a high school teacher and mentor from Godwin High School. One of the many lessons Neyveli learned from his mentor was the value of hard work and he would like this year’s award to go to a team that worked hard to get his idea off the ground, he said. Neyveli is also returning to the Demo Day scene with a new venture he is working on with a current VCU student.
Kamal Bherwani, CEO of government technology provider GCOM, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s event.
Join the da Vinci Center teams in person or via livestream this year:
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