Providing a Path to Long-Term Success for Student Entrepreneurs
The Pike Engineering Entrepreneurship Fellows Program is the premier program of its kind at the University of Virginia, providing seed funding and nine months of intensive support, guidance, and mentorship for early-stage University of Virginia student entrepreneurial projects that are based on developing or commercializing some form of novel technology. The culminating event allows student teams to compete for the $50,000 Pike Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
The Pike Fellows Program is available to three to five student entrepreneurial teams per year. The highly selective program develops each team's entrepreneurial potential and leadership skills through hands-on experiences, networking, mentoring, an initial $5,000 seed fund, and workshops on key topics in entrepreneurship. At the program's core is a mentored nine-month program with top-tier mentors. Teams will have access to local entrepreneurial mentors of the Charlottesville community and an industry expert specific to their project.