VCU Innovation Month




Innovation Month is a dynamic showcase that spotlights innovation, entrepreneurship,
and groundbreaking research across various disciplines within the university.

The focus is on celebrating events, programs, and cutting-edge research
that drives innovation and positively influences our lives and communities.



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VCU has been ranked a Top 20 Most Innovative Public University by U.S. News World Report.

U.S. News & World Report has
ranked Virginia Commonwealth
University as one of the nation’s
20 most innovative public universities
in its 2024 Best College Rankings.

Learn More



 Past Events

A recap of April 2024, VCU's first-ever Innovation Month!


March 29, 2024

Ignite Innovation: A NASA Patent Mining Workshop & Networking Event

NASA Langley Research Center
VCU da Vinci Center for Innovation

An exciting opportunity to explore the innovative potential of NASA technologies, kick off Innovation Month at VCU, and connect with collaborators throughout RVA and beyond!

Ignite Innovation event graphic

April 7, 2024

TEDxVCU Ripple


TEDxVCU Ripple brought together VCU community members with a range of experiences and interests to explore fascinating ideas worth spreading! This event provided an interdisciplinary look at our changing world through varied TEDx Talks to build lasting connections in our community.

TEDxVCU Ripple event graphic

April 8, 2024

VCU State of the
Research Address

VCU Research Weeks

Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation

P. Srirama Rao, Ph.D., Vice President for Research and Innovation, delivered a comprehensive look at the VCU research enterprise's successes throughout 2024. 

Srirama Rao, Ph.D.

April 9, 2024

Adobe Webinar:

Land Your Dream Job or Internship

Adobe University Recruiting Team

During this 30-minute virtual workshop, students had the opportunity to learn about promoting themselves on social media, designing their resumes, and updating a headshot for a LinkedIn profile.  

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April 13, 2024

Accessing Flavor: Using AI to Create Flavor

Shift Retail Lab

This event explored how AI and culinary arts could intersect to create innovative taste experiences. Participants joined hands-on activities and discussions, led by experienced chef and educator, Garrett Eagleton, as they unlocked the potential of AI in flavor creation. From personalized tastes to cutting-edge techniques, attendees dived into the exciting world of AI-enhanced cuisine. Participants received a Credly badge for Design Thinking.

an iphone laying on top of a dinner plate

April 15, 2024

VCU Research Weeks
Keynote Address

VCU Research Weeks

Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation

Rochelle Walensky, M.D., M.P.H., 19th director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, delivered the Research Weeks 2024 keynote address: "The importance of research at a public institution."

featured speaker, Rochelle-walensky

April 19, 2024

Demo Day

VCU da Vinci Center for Innovation

VCU Demo Day connects student and alumni innovators and founders with the Richmond ecosystem and beyond. Outstanding students and alumni delivered pitches to compete for funding and other prizes.

VCU Demo Day 2024 Event Graphic

April 22, 2024

VCU Earth Day

VCU Sustainability

A celebration of Earth Day hosted by VCU's Institute for Sustainability Energy and Environment.

students sitting on the lawn

April 24, 2024

Graduate Student
Research Symposium

VCU Research Weeks

Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation

The 27th Annual Graduate Research Symposium brought together graduate students from across the university to share their research with the VCU and the local community.

Graduate Symposium

April 25, 2024

Poster Symposium for Undergraduate Research

VCU Research Weeks

Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation

Undergraduate students across all disciplines presented completed research projects, completed papers, and research in progress.

Poster Symposium

April 26, 2024

X Marks the Spot


Participants watched TEDx Talks about reimagining our urban environment and then embarked on team missions throughout the area to earn points. Teams competed in various challenges, working together to complete the missions. The points accumulated from the missions allowed teams to exchange them for a variety of awesome prizes.

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April 26, 2024

Engineering Expo

VCU College of Engineering

The Capstone Design Expo showcases more than 90 student projects and presentations, the result of more than eight months of work between students, sponsors, and faculty advisers. 

Engineering student presenting their invention



2024 News


VCU’s inaugural Innovation Month will highlight creativity, entrepreneurship and groundbreaking research

Read the Article

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Research Weeks to feature dozens of events celebrating VCU’s quest for discovery

Read the Article
a student presents her research



2024 Campus Partners

Thanks to all our partners who made Innovation Month 2024 a success!

sponsors include VCU School of Business, VCU College of Engineering, VCU da Vinci Center for Innovation, Shift Retail Lab, VCU Brandcenter, VCUarts, VCU Sustainability, TEDxVCU, VCU Research Weeks, VCU College of Engineering, and VCU Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation