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Information Session for VABeachBio Innovation Challenge
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When: March 15, 2018
2:00-4:30 p.m.
Where: Engineering West Hall 106 Auditorium
601 W Main St
Richmond, Virginia  23220
United States

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Want to make an impact on veteran's health? The City of Virginia Beach and the Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development have partnered with the Center for Advancing Innovation (CAI) to launch the VABeachBio Innovation Challenge. This is an unprecedented, open innovation challenge that will launch 20 startup companies focused on creating therapeutics, vaccines, and devices for veteran-related illnesses including cardiovascular, neurological disorders, diabetes, oncology and regenerative medicine.

The VABeachBio Innovation Startup Challenge is officially open for entry. The challenge will feature 25 dynamic inventions from research institutes across the US. Challenge teams with an entrepreneurial spirit and a drive to make an impact in Veteran health will compete to license these inventions and launch a startup around them. Join us on March 15th 2:00PM @ West Hall 106 Auditorium, VCU School of Engineering for an on-campus Information and Networking Session.

  • Date: Thursday, March 15th 2018
  • Time: 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM
  • Room: West Hall 106 Auditorium, VCU School of Engineering





Challenge participants will also have an opportunity to:

  • Expand Their Industry Network
  • Receive Expert Training and Dedicated Mentorship
  • Win Prize Money and Funding
  • Make an Impact in Veteran Health
  • Launch a New Career!

This program will give you a head start and accelerate your ability to run a bonafide company. Between VA Beach and the Center for Advancing Innovation…

  • We’re giving you the invention
  • We’re giving you the training
  • We’re surrounding you with world-class mentoring
  • We’re putting you in front of industry leaders, including serial entrepreneurs, investors, foundations, and more with whom you can partner
  • and we’re connecting you with capital!

For more information, our website: Form a team and enter now! If you are interested or have questions, please contact


  • 2:00 Leadership at VCU University will open the session and explain the significance of the VABeachBio Innovation Challenge
  • 2:10 CAI and/or VCU community member explains the importance of experiential learning in entrepreneurship
  • 2:20 Rosemarie Truman, Founder and CEO of the Center for Advancing Innovation, will provide an overview of the VABeachBio Innovation Challenge, highlight technologies in the Challenge, and provide guidance on teams entering the Challenge
  • 2:45 VCU faculty groups and Virginia Beach Bio explain local resources that can be leveraged
  • 3:00 Reception and potential for team formation
  • 4:00 Adjourn

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