About The Event

The second annual Ideathon is an immersive seminar on the intersection between technology and business, geared towards UVA students interested in entrepreneurship. Many students have either the technical or business expertise to start a tech startup, but seldom have both. The Ideathon will bridge the gap between these students to help foster entrepreneurship at UVA.

At the Ideathon, students will have the opportunity to:

Match with students with other skills. Students with technical experience can match with more business minded students. Students with a tech idea can match with students who are looking for a team to work with.

Meet with and form a lasting bond with a mentor. Teams will meet with mentors, either UVA business or engineering faculty, or professionals in the industry, about their ideas. Mentors and students will swap information and continue to build their relationship and idea well past the Ideathon.

Attend workshops by experts on digital innovation and marketing. Both technical and business-minded students can learn from the workshops from UVA faculty and industry professionals, on what it takes to build a tech startup.

Pitch their ideas to a Shark Tank-esque board and to their fellow students for feedback and seed money. Students will be able to pitch their ideas in both an expo experiment, as well as to a panel of professionals for feedback and seed money.




Saturday, 19 September, 2020

Applications close on Wednesday, September 16th!

Event Schedule

Registration Opens

Check-in by signing into the Slack Workspace.

Opening Ceremony

A brief introduction to the event and messages from our sponsors.

Team Building (Speed Dating)

Join an existing idea, or find people to help you out with the ones you have!


Workshops from our corporate sponsors and professors will be live-streamed over Facebook and Zoom.

Vice President of Leidos, Mike Raker

How to Pitch a Startup to a VC/company.

Technical Lead at the CoStar Group, Thomas Skjei

How New Product Ideas are Pitched and Taken up in the Professional World.

HooHacks, Dale Wilson

How to Create a Mockup using Figma.


Deliver a pitch to a Shark Tank-esque board over Zoom!

Ideathon Ends

Judging begins and the winners will be announced online afterwards.