About Technology Entreprenuership

What is Entrepreneurship?

If you’re drawn to building new things, designing new products, founding new businesses or starting new initiatives, UVA Engineering’s entrepreneurship programs are built for you. Our undergraduate entrepreneurship programs help you develop the skill set you need for all types of creative endeavors, whether you want to strike out on your own or innovate from within.

Entrepreneurship and Research for Undergraduates

Entrepreneurship and research are both creative endeavors. They involve invention and innovation. Whether you want to start a new company, build a new team or launch a new research endeavor, you need the same set of skills. If you enjoy working in a research environment, our undergraduate entrepreneurship programs may be a good fit.

Supporting Faculty Entrepreneurship

Faculty interested in discussing opportunities should contact Doug Garland to explore networking opportunities, connect with Licensing and Ventures group, get aiding in identifying seed funding, and get help exploring available resources. The entrepreneurship program helps faculty with the processes and support needed to make their ideas a reality.

UVA Engineering Dean Jennifer L. West

""UVA engineers have fantastic ideas they are ready to spin out into companies, which can really contribute to economic development and opportunities for our graduates. We want to make sure we have the knowledge, processes, policies and support to help them make those ventures a reality.”"

Jennifer L. West, Dean, University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science


Doug Garland

Doug Garland, a UVA Engineering alumnus, is the associate dean of entrepreneurship and innovation. 

About Doug Garland

Doug Garland is a technology executive and entrepreneur, a veteran of the waves of innovation in Silicon Valley and a pioneer in mobile. He's held executive roles with Yahoo!, Google, Sprint/T-Mobile and AirTouch, leading the launch and scaling of new products, partnerships and businesses during periods of significant industry transition. He also held leadership roles with startups like VenueNext, which was incubated with the San Francisco 49ers, and Shazam, which was funded by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a leading venture capital firm where Doug previously served as an Executive-in-Residence. He has also been a strategic advisor/interim CXO with seed stage companies like Wand and ShoCard, both of which were subsequently acquired by public companies. Doug began his career in the U.S. Air Force and holds a Master of Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering in systems engineering from the University of Virginia, where he served as a trustee and founded the Technology Entrepreneurship Program.  READ MORE

Entrepreneurship at UVA Engineering