• Nash News: Rise 4 Real Change Uses Mentorship to Create Ripples in the Education System

    When Gina and Bryan Christ moved to Virginia two years ago, the mother and son duo thought that their days of working together were over.  Fortunately for the Charlottesville educational community, that notion didn’t last for long, and th...
    • 8 Jun 2017
  • Nash News: NBC29 Covers iLab's Unique Approach to Teaching Startups "How to Fish"

    NBC29's Madison Carter joined the 2017 iLab cohort on one of their first days of the program to soak up the energy and dive deeper into a few of the ventures selected for this year's promising class of startups.
    • 7 Jun 2017
  • Nash News: On Pizza and Deadlines | Saras Sarasvathy Humanizes the Effectuation Process

     When Saras Sarasvathy tells a story, the room goes pin-drop silent.  As she weaves her tale with big, captivating words and movements, she engages each listener to lean in a little closer, anticipating each new word until the bitter end.&...
    • 6 Jun 2017
  • Nash News: Finding kaleo: Evan Edwards Kicks Off 2017 Program with Big Questions and Insightful Answers

    Describing the origins of his company’s name, kaleo co-founder Evan Edwards – a dedicated UVA alumnus and active mentor to Charlottesville entrepreneurs – shared that the Greek word loosely translates to “a specific purpose ...
    • 2 Jun 2017
  • Nash News: 1Degree's Summer of Synergy

    Of all the miracles technology has made quotidian in the past century, the video chat remains among the life-changing and incredible. I can remember seeing the concept for the first time in the movie Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century and thinking it was impossibly cool—which, to a 1999 audience, it was. Little did we know it wouldn’t take ten years for video chatting to become a part of everyday life.


    • 9 Aug 2016
  • Nash News: Falling in Love with the Problem: Talking Education with ReinventED

    To anyone who’s ever wondered how to start an interesting conversation with a high school or college student, I have a tip: bring up, no matter how casually or in passing, a problem in education. (Bonus points if you ask them about their own experience.) I’ve seen it happen time and time again: students get riled up about education, because it’s a live, sensitive area rife with problems at most every level.…

    • 5 Aug 2016
  • Announcements: Keeping your message simple

    For those of you who wrote your pitch, which is a great idea, the following tool is a good resource to understand the complexity of your message:  .

    According to a great article (attached) on Apple's approach to press releases, "Ideally, you want your content to score 80 – 89, and requiring the education of an 11-year old child. The easier your communications are to understand, the broader the reach."


    • 4 Aug 2016
  • Nash News: 1787fp Takes Financial Planning to the Next Generation

    Most people think 1776 was the year America became America, and they’re not wrong, but they’re not right either. America is in a state of constant becoming, grounded by a written constitution that was itself composed in 1787. There was a whole decade of planning and putting-into-practice that had to happen before this USA thing started to take off—not unlike millennials’ finances.

    Jean Borno, an…

    • 2 Aug 2016
  • Nash News: Local Nanny Network Creates “A Whole Other Category” in the Wedding Industry

    If there’s a classic entrepreneurial story, it starts with taking who you are and what you know, and spinning those threads into gold. Lisa Skillman’s story is precisely one of these—and perhaps it’s for that reason that she radiates knowing what she’s about.

    She started babysitting at the age of 15, and nannied on the side throughout high school and college. Her interest in business and…

    • 27 Jul 2016
  • Nash News: The Ascent of Aquillous: Student-Entrepreneurs Re-Create Test Prep

    It’s been suggested for years that standardized test scores are far more predictive of income than intelligence—so much so that commentators have come to jokingly refer to the SAT as the Student Affluence Test. There’s no doubt that education has a massive problem when it comes to income inequality. Wealthy families, it would seem, just have better access, whether it’s to top-notch schools or high-priced tutors—which…

    • 26 Jul 2016
  • Announcements: Imbibe featured in UVA Today

    Please join me in congratulating on the excellent article.

    • 23 Jul 2016
  • Nash News: Honey Loving: Talking Sweet with Melisseus’s “Swarm”

    If you’re like me, you buy your honey from the grocery store without thinking much about how it got there. You might pick a bottle because it’s a nice shade of gold, or because it looks like it would taste good. This is all too normal—and exactly the kind of thought process Melisseus hopes to reshape.

    We have a bee crisis on our hands, and it’s part of a much larger crisis in the environment and in our…

    • 22 Jul 2016
  • Nash News: Jumping Out of the Well: A Conversation with Scanoptix’s Arjun Dirghangi

    They say that “the eye is the window to the soul,” but what I didn’t know until talking to Arjun Dirghangi the other day was that it’s also the window to the body. One of the only organs doctors can fully examine while the patient is living, the eye can clue us in about the progress of a whole host of conditions—both life-threatening and not.

    When it comes to recording what they’re seeing…

    • 20 Jul 2016
  • Nash News: Creating a Commons for Good with Totem

    One of the great tragedies of contemporary American society is our increasing disconnectedness. Where I grew up in Texas, the economy was booming, but as the houses got bigger and the yards got wider, it became more and more rare for people to know their neighbors. And we wondered why we were unhappy.

    Technology and particularly social media have a great deal of promise when it comes to reconnecting us in ways that weren…

    • 18 Jul 2016
  • Nash News: Rhoback’s Crazy Quilt: a Lesson in Sewing and Social Media

    If there’s anything I’ve learned in the i.Lab so far this summer, it’s that there’s no one right way to start a company—just as there’s no one right way to paint a painting or make an earth-shaking scientific discovery. Showing up is a good start, but beyond that, there are as many ways to do it as there are types of genius.

    There are, however, patterns you start to see in the effectual…

    • 12 Jul 2016
  • Nash News: Vend and Snap: Talking Shop(ping) with Venductivity’s Ben Chen

    One of the beautiful things about a vending machine is that it can’t hustle you into purchase decisions. It can’t even speak. Traditionally, unless you like to talk to yourself, your whole transaction is made in complete silence (save, perhaps, the pressing of a few buttons and the slap of the Dorito bag against the bottom door).

    This way of getting goods to a customer, though it certainly has its efficiencies…

    • 11 Jul 2016
  • Nash News: Meet Monique, the Entrepreneur Behind the Coffee Counter

    If you’ve been around the i.Lab the past week, you’ve probably noticed something different about the energy in the building, mainly in the front lobby. The vibe is a little more dance-y, the faces looking more alive (and a few of them unfamiliar), and the air itself a little richer with the aroma of freshly-ground coffee—all pointing to the return of our beloved onsite coffee shop, which has reopened as Shark, too under…

    • 6 Jul 2016
  • Nash News: The New Rule of Thirds: A Conversation with Helme’s Brent Baumgartner

    We all know the old saying, “third time’s the charm,” but have you ever asked yourself why the third time is the charm? I just asked Google (which gave me completely worthless answers), but I have a hunch that in the case of Helme co-founder Brent Baumgartner, it has nothing to do with luck and everything to do with the hard-won wisdom that is failure’s sweetest gift.

    Last Friday, I had an enlightening…

    • 5 Jul 2016
  • Nash News: A Tour of Imbibe Solutions' Lab Space

    Ever wondered what it’d be like to have your very own, up-and-running science lab? Audrey Reid of Imbibe Solutions is no longer asking herself what it would be like, because the dream has become a reality: Imbibe now has a functioning lab, complete with white coats, oddly-shaped glassware, and perhaps most importantly, beer.

    This Wednesday, she was kind enough to give me a tour of the space and tell me a little…

    • 30 Jun 2016
  • Nash News: Darden's MBA Named 3rd in the World for Entrepreneurship

    BFD of the week: the Financial Times just published their MBA program rankings, and Darden was named third in the world for entrepreneurship. That's the larger ecosystem we at the i.Lab are a part of. Pretty amazing, no?

    FT's rankings took into account both school and alumni support for entrepreneurs, and measured success by looking at the percentage of MBA grads who did these five things:

    1. Started a company.


    • 30 Jun 2016
  • Nash News: Pivoting Homeward: MyPallay to Refocus on Bolivian Roots

    On a journey leading ever out and into the world, it can seem counterintuitive to look homeward for our next steps. But for Cristina Velez of MyPallay, that’s just what happened when a trip home to Bolivia (as well as some revelatory customer interviews) led her to reconsider and pivot the focus of her developing fashion venture.

    Velez, who has long been interested in the ways fashion and social impact come together…

    • 28 Jun 2016
  • Nash News: Effectuation = Life (Or At Least, How to Make Things Happen)

    In response to Sara Whiffen’s workshop this morning on effectuation, I thought I’d expound a little more on this juicy latinate word and why I think it holds some crucial secrets for how to be a person.

    Effectuare, in Latin, just means ‘to cause to happen.’ That’s what we’re working with, and ultimately what we’re doing here: making our ventures happen, making the little things that make our ventures happen…

    • 24 Jun 2016
  • Nash News: Young Entrepreneurs Spotlight: Seamless and Seniors Connect

    I don’t know about you, but when I was in high school, I wasn’t thinking about how to start a company. (About how to start a relationship, or get on the tennis team, maybe… but those are other stories of learning to “fail fast, often and cheap.”)

    For at least four of this year’s accelerator participants, however, starting a company in high school isn’t a question; it’s a reality—and one…

    • 23 Jun 2016
  • Announcements: Do you have a website?

    Hi everyone...please be sure to let me know if you now have a website we can link to on our public-facing page.  http://www.ilabatuva.org/current-companies/  

    • 23 Jun 2016
  • Announcements: This Wednesday's speaker/lunch times have changed!

    Hi everyone, we apologize, but the Wednesday speaker needs to adjust the times for the speaker/lunch to 10am-1130am.

    This is the Project Manage Yourself speaker/lunch.  We will still serve lunch (Italian) starting at 1145am.  



    • 20 Jun 2016