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April 01, 2024 | Tom Ballard

Virginia Commonwealth plans a month-long celebration of innovation

First event was held last Friday, the final activity is April 26.

How about a month-long celebration of innovation?

That’s exactly what Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is planning with its first Innovation Month that started last Friday. It is a celebration of creators, innovators, researchers, and entrepreneurship across the university.

“Innovation is at the heart of every VCU education, and this Innovation Month recognition is a terrific way not only to celebrate what’s happening throughout VCU today but perhaps spark that next great idea,” said Fotis Sotiropoulos, VCU Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Events like these give us the chance to engage with faculty members and students who are on the cutting edge of change, of bringing new solutions to old challenges across the human experience with exciting work and inspiring ideas.”

In September, U.S. News & World Report ranked VCU as one of the nation’s 20 most innovative public universities in its “2024 Best Colleges” rankings. As part of Innovation Month, a series of events will spotlight the creativity, ingenuity, and entrepreneurial spirit that fuel innovation at VCU. The overall goal of the celebration is to foster collaboration, showcase achievements, and inspire individuals from diverse backgrounds to embrace innovation.

“Innovation Month not only celebrates the collective achievements of our academic community but also emphasizes the impact of nurturing an entrepreneurial mindset across different fields of study,” said Lloyd Young, Director of Innovation and Design at the VCU da Vinci Center for Innovation and its SHIFT Retail Lab.

For a list of activities, click here.

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