Venture Lab is Davidson’s startup accelerator for student entrepreneurs. The Venture Lab takes no equity and aims to help early-stage startups achieve significant, sustainable growth.

Program Structure

This a summer program that lasts for an intensive 11 weeks and revolves around weekly meetings every Monday from 9 AM to 12 PM, culminating in a demo day. The Monday meetings allow teams to discuss their problems with each other, check in with advisors, and get feedback from various mentors. There will also be additional workshops and events throughout other weekdays. Teams are expected to work on their projects on a daily basis throughout the duration of the accelerator.

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The Avinger Scholars Program Application

1 Award Information
2 Application
  • Purpose of Award

    Established in honor of Robert L. Avinger, Jr., a member of the Davidson Class of 1960 and professor of Economics from 1967-1980, the Avinger Scholarship will identify and recognize one or two current first years, sophomores, or juniors who show the vision, qualities, and passions of an innovator, giving evidence of creativity, energy, and initiative that will lead to success in future endeavors.
  • Criteria for Selection

    Applicants must give evidence of their commitment to their proposed idea, issue, project, or venture. They must work hard, think critically, take smart risks, and learn from failure.
  • Award Details

    Avinger Scholars receive funding up to $5,000 to assist in accelerating their proposed idea. Examples of funding disbursements include but are not limited to: seed funding, tuition assistance in an accredited incubator program, business travel for idea development, and more! Last year, Avinger Scholar recipients included Charlie Goldberg ‘19, who runs his own clothing company, Get It Poppin, LLC; and Houston Downes ‘18, who won for Krouded, an app that crowdsources restaurant wait times.
  • Selection Process

    Finalists are chosen on the strength of their submitted applications and will be interviewed on October 19, 2017 by a committee including members of the Avinger Scholars Advisory Team and Davidson faculty and/or staff members designated by the Director of Merit Programs.
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