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To inspire students to redefine the possible and drive change.
To discover, prepare, and connect the next generation of entrepreneurial-leaders.
We are a community of innovators, entrepreneurs, visionaries, business leaders, tech enthusiasts, knowledge-junkies, learning-addicts, and small business fanatics. Together, we have one common goal: Transforming opportunities into action.
We are in search of the most creative, driven and entrepreneurial innovators to come live, play, create and innovate in our community. We believe that the more innovators, creators and trend-setters we can encourage to play in our community, the more others will want to live here. The Innovate living-learning community brings together a diverse group of committed and driven students into a high-energy learning environment. Innovate will provide an opportunity for students to gain insights into the entrepreneurial process, interact with successful entrepreneurs, and learn from Virginia Tech faculty and community partners with expertise in areas related to developing an entrepreneurial mindset.
Innovate will be a strongly experiential program. Innovators will have the opportunity to participate in the following programs:
In addition to face-to-face events in residence, Innovate students have the opportunity to provide leadership and direction for Innovate that is supported by both the program director and the live-in Student Life Coordinator. Opportunities for leadership include serving on committees, the leadership council, and/or as a mentor in your second or third year.
Innovate is a program of the Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and is fabulous, collaborative venture that includes support from the Pamplin College of Business, the Division of Student Affairs, and a number of departments across campus with interest in engaging with students in the entrepreneurial experience.
If accepted, you will become a key part of the broader innovation ecosystem emerging on our campus and broader community. We are constantly seeking out driven, creative young minds who can positively contribute to our community.
Innovate is open to all students in any major interested in creating a community that provides a diverse array of entrepreneurial interests and perspectives. At the end of their first year in the Innovate program, students should come away with:
In addition, students will have the opportunity to return to Innovate to both continue their own entrepreneurial learning as well as mentor and support incoming students.
First-year students participating in Innovate will enroll in a 3.0 credit hour professional development course during the fall semester and 3.0 credit hour ideation and opportunity identification course in the spring.
Second-year students will begin coursework in the entrepreneurship minor.
Students will commit to one year of participation, but will have an opportunity for multi-year involvement.
The Innovate Community will be accepting applications until the community is full, so consider applying today!
[Apply to the Innovate Living-Learning Community]
For more information about the Innovate living-learning community, contact Derick Maggard, Director of the Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jason Johnson, Assistant Director for Living Learning Programs via email: email@example.com or by calling 540-231-6205.