Innovation. Entrepreneurship. Bold thinking.

The Quest Innovation Fund was designed to foster the growth of Virginia Commonwealth University’s culture of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. 

We aim to support innovators, encourage bold thinkers and sponsor risk takers. These activities are an integral part of life at VCU, and proof that “make it real” is not just a tagline for our billboards; its VCU’s mantra.

Which pool fits your needs?

The Quest Innovation Fund offers three funding pools that reflect important elements of our role in the regional economy and key components of Quest for Distinction.

Commercialization Fund: Supporting Commercialization of Research
This pool provides funding to advance research projects toward commercialization and is dedicated to advancing promising research projects developed at VCU. It’s important to note that most inventions developed at VCU are in the concept phase. Our goal is to identify technologies with commercial potential and support their development. Why? Helping to de-risk these technologies will help us attract other partners that can take the technologies to market, where they can benefit society as a whole. learn more

Entrepreneurship Fund: Supporting Entrepreneurial Activity
This pool seeks to support and encourage entrepreneurial activity at VCU, including start-up grants, a paid pre-acceleration program and paid start-up internships. Developing students with this agile training is critical to fulfilling future workforce needs and further supports our economy by producing graduates who are job creators as opposed to job seekers. learn more

Programmatic Fund: Supporting Innovative Programs
This pool supports innovative pilot initiatives at VCU that help us realize our strategic plan, Quest for Distinction. Traditionally, these “disruptively innovative ideas” have created a service, program or initiative that improves what we are doing in a creative and unique manner. Projects might include enhancements to the classroom or laboratory experience, efficiency improvements, novel uses of new technology, innovative programs and more. learn more