1776 Fall 2014 Intern Program

1776 is a platform to reinvent the world by connecting the hottest startups with the resources and incubation they need to succeed and successfully scale their business. From our Campus a few blocks from the White House, 1776 serves as a global hub for startups tackling challenges in regulated industries: education, energy, health care and smart cities. Opened in April 2013, the 1776 Campus includes co-working and mentorship programs for over 200 startups. In addition, the campus functions as an events venue supporting the local startup ecosystem and thereby has rapidly become the center of gravity for the DC startup community.

In May 2014,1776 launched the first Challenge Cup Festival. For 6 months prior, top startups around the world competed to win a seat in the semi-final competition that brought 16 competitors in each of the four key industries to DC for a week. Finalists in each category competed to win the global final competition for best startup.  Immediately following, 1776 successfully doubled the co-working campus by the opening of a new floor and creating more opportunities for learning through the introduction of the 1776 Curriculum. Finally, on July 3, 2014, President Obama arrived at the 1776 Campus to commemorate the value of the 1776 startups currently tackling society’s most pressing issues and contributing to job growth and economic recovery.

1776 has been able to achieve such success with an extremely lean team and a highly functioning intern class. We are now recruiting energetic and talented undergrad & graduate students with a passion for entrepreneurship to join the 1776 Campus Intern Program. If this sounds like you, please read on!

The 1776 Campus Intern Program offers invaluable resume-building experience, networking opportunities, and access to the biggest names and companies in the startup world. Not only do our interns work closely with the 1776 team to contribute to a variety of aspects of our business, but they also interact with our corporate partners and participate in events focused on teaching, learning and celebrating entrepreneurship and technology.

In addition, interns are taught the necessary skills to thrive in an entrepreneurial environment and are considered to be 1776 Brand ambassadors during their internship tenure.


Interns are a valued and essential part of the 1776 team. All interns support Campus operations and will be responsible for reception or campus restock duties in addition to their specialty area.

General Requirements:

  • Current undergrad/graduate students or recent university grads
  • Ability to commit at least 28 – 36 hours per week for a minimum of 3 months
  • Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills is a must; TOFEL/IELTS scores will be requested for international applicants
  • Ability to work in a team environment and accomplish tasks with self direction
  • Demonstrated computer skills, including basic troubleshooting and use of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint and the willingness to learn other software tools
  • Demonstrated use and comfort navigating Web 2.0 sites and tools, including blogs, social networks, video and photo sharing, etc.
  • Strong customer service mindset and ability to handle problems with grace

Specialty Area Descriptions:


  • Assist with special event planning and organization, including scheduling, coordinating with outside vendors, and handling day-of logistics
  • Conduct research and contribute to projects to develop event content, strategy, and programming for the 1776 community
  • Ability to commit at least 20 hours per week, including evening and occasional weekend hours to coordinate events (flexible structure, either broken out into 2 or 3 days per week, depending on scheduled events)
  • Support campus operations including reception duty, mail distribution, campus restock and general tours

Executive Support

  • Provide direct administrative support to 1776 cofounders
  • Coordinate and manage appointments and travel schedules
  • Assist with preparation of executive documents, as assigned
  • Conduct market research and comparative analysis
  • Support campus operations including reception duty, mail distribution, campus restock and general tours


  • Prepare financial analysis for existing operations
  • Conduct research and analysis on companies including market and competitive analysis
  • Develop and analyze financial models for companies
  • Prepare due diligence memos on companies
  • Support campus operations including reception duty, mail distribution, campus restock and general tours
  • Demonstrated computer skills, including basic troubleshooting and use of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint and the willingness to learn other software tools
  • Accounting experience a plus


  • Produce 1-2 aggregated news pieces related to startups and innovations per week
  • Commit to attending/covering 1 campus event per week (may fall outside regular, 9-5 workday hours)
  • Contribute to and help maintain/enhance social media and social network presence
  • Prior experience with Google Analytics and email marketing is preferred but not necessary
  • Support campus operations including reception duty, mail distribution, campus restock and general tours


  • Drafting, managing editing, and distributing approved press releases
  • Researching/identifying relevant media outlets, reporters
  • Assisting with developing/maintaining the PR plan and schedule
  • Researching and scheduling interviews
  • Organization of photos, photo opportunities and events
  • Building and maintaining relationships with both local and national media
  • Building and maintaining press kits
  • Proofing written materials for style, grammar, etc.
  • Executing marketing tactics
  • Monitoring the impact of marketing plans, including revenues, and making adjustments accordingly
  • Assisting with electronic and social media marketing efforts for 1776
  • Support campus operations including reception duty, mail distribution, campus restock and general tours


  • Draft and update 1776 brand collateral
  • Assist 1776 staff members with design projects, including infographics, ads, partnership decks, etc
  • Research and explore new ways of communicating data through visuals for the site and social media
  • Monitor and track progress of 1776 website redesign
  • Support campus operations including reception duty, mail distribution, campus restock and general tours
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, especially Illustrator and Photoshop, is required

Member Experience

  • Work with Community Manager to coordinate and implement programming and curriculum classes
  • Responsible for mentor/member database upkeep and accuracy
  • Support new member enrollment processes and orientation
  • Conduct due diligence on potential 1776 mentors and accelerator applicants
  • Facilitate “office hour” meetings between startup members and mentors by coordinating schedules and communicating with the reception desk
  • Support campus operations including reception duty, mail distribution, campus restock and general tours
  • Film classes and events; edit and archive videos to be added to content library
  • Detail orientated, highly motivated and an independent problem solver
  • Customer service mindset with excellent time management
  • Strong analytical and spreadsheet management skills are desired
  • Previous film editing experience, familiarity with video equipment, and computer with Final Cut Pro (or similar editing program) are desired
  • Provide assistance to the Managing Director of 1776 Ventures, as requested



  • Conduct research and prepare reports for a variety of Campus-related projects
  • Perform outreach to external partners and market research
  • Assist with events and daily campus activities
  • Support daily Campus operational needs including reception duties, mail distribution, general tours and visitors
  • Manage Campus communications including communication to members and staff about visitors, campus functioning and equipment
  • Support projects related to business development, campus procurement and enhancements; marketing
  • Creating and editing systems and procedures guidelines


Assist partnerships manager with various tasks, including, but not limited to:

  • Scheduling and coordinating partner meetings, office hours, events, visits & tours
  • Partner tracking and reporting
  • Researching and identifying new opportunities for partnerships
  • Support daily Campus operational needs including reception duties, mail distribution, general tours and visitors

Public Policy and International Relations

  • Assist with outreach to strategic partners, staff, and officials from the policy and embassy communities
  • Monitor key policy issues of interest to startups
  • Coordinating site visits and assist with programming
  • Conduct research and writing briefs
  • Attend events and hearings
  • Support daily Campus operational needs including reception duties, mail distribution, general tours and visitors


This is an unpaid internship.


All interns are expected to provide their own computer and phone. These will be used in fulfillment of their assigned tasks and duties.

To Apply:

Please email resume and cover letter indicating start/end dates, hours per week and reasons for applying to Stephanie@1776dc.com.

We request to receive all of your documents in one file labeled:

Internship Fall 2014 – [Specialty Area]

We will only contact candidates who will be asked to come in for interviews.

First prize is $10,000!

The Darden-UVA Business Plan Competition is Now Open!

Enter your submission HERE. DEADLINE TO ENTER IS APRIL 3, 2014.

 BPlan Competition 2014

All members of the Darden and UVA communities (students, faculty, staff and alumni) are invited to submit a Business Plan by April 3, 2014 The final round of competition will be held at Darden on Thursday, April 17, 2014. Please review the eligibility requirements and further details on Darden’s website: Darden-UVA Business Plan Competition.


Galant Center Challenge Deadline: Monday, March 31st at 11:59 PM
The Galant Challenge is a $250,000 “live fire” venture pitch competition sponsored by The Galant Center for Entrepreneurship at the McIntire School of Commerce and the Entrepreneurship Group at U.Va. The challenge invites angel investors and venture capitalists who regularly invest in early-stage startups to evaluate live pitches and offer student entrepreneurs up to $250,000 in seed financing.
How to Enter:

Eligibility: The Galant Center Challenge is open to teams of between 1 and 5 students from any of the undergraduate or graduate programs at the University of Virginia.

Deadline: Submit your business plan and presentation by 11:59 p.m. (EST), Monday, March 31, 2014. Semifinalists will be announced by Friday, April 4, 2014.

Application Details: Interested teams should submit by the submission deadline a business plan of no greater than 5 pages, with 5 additional pages of appendixes (e.g., financials, charts, graphics), and a presentation that would require not greater than 10 minutes of presentation time.

Semifinalists will be chosen based on the viability of their plan, the uniqueness of their product or service, and the likelihood of the venture garnering real investment interest from the participating investors.

LINK: https://galantcenter.wufoo.com/forms/galant-challenge-2014-submission/

SEED Presents:
Tom Bird, Careers in Impact Investing
Tuesday, March 25th, 4:00-6:00PM
Rouss-Robertson Hall, Room 123

Join impact investor Tom Bird for a presentation on careers in impact investing. Working as an impact investor for over 30 years, he will be speaking about his path into the industry, his experiences throughout cases he has worked on, and ways to get involved with the blossoming industry.

For more information, please see: https://www.facebook.com/events/664745633587954/.

“The World Economic Forum, in collaboration with Stanford University, Ernst & Young and Endeavor, surveyed over 1,000 entrepreneurs from around the globe with the goal of better understanding how successful entrepreneurial companies speed access to new markets and become scalable, high-growth businesses. Executive case studies for 43 early-stage companies from 23 different countries were developed to enrich the feedback from the survey. 

Summary of Key Findings

  1. For entrepreneurs, major differences in entrepreneurial ecosystems exist from one region to the next. When entrepreneurs consider expansion opportunities beyond their country or region, there is a potential alignment issue with governments that often adopt a strong “within country/region” focus in their entrepreneurial ecosystem policies.
  2. According to entrepreneurs, three areas of an entrepreneurial ecosystem are of pivotal importance – accessible markets, human capital/workforce and funding & finance. This report is the first large-scale study that systematically examines which pillars of an ecosystem matter most to entrepreneurs when it comes to the growth of their companies. A potential alignment issue can arise between the time horizon of an entrepreneur and that of a policy-maker or politician, with the time horizon of the latter two typically following the electoral cycle. 
  3. In most regions, only a small number of breakout companies are the main contributors to a healthy, growing early-stage company sector. There are also substantially more similarities than differences in the issues facing entrepreneurs around the globe. These similarities appear in all regions and have an impact on the major growth accelerators and growth challenges for early-stage companies. 
  4. Large companies in the overall business ecosystem have the potential to provide important leverage for early-stage companies in their growth and development. However, there are potential pitfalls to navigate through in the relationship. The report highlights areas for productive relationships as well as areas where relationships can inhibit growth or be the source of revenue and job destruction in an early-stage company.
  5. Entrepreneurs themselves can play multiple important roles in the build-out of an entrepreneurial ecosystem. Using case studies from Endeavor, five important roles are illustrated – mentorship, inspiration, investment, new founders and new employees. 
  6. Government and regulatory policies are viewed by entrepreneurs as both potential growth accelerators and growth inhibitors. The report highlights examples of case studies from different geographical regions that reflect the positive and negative impact economic policies can have on entrepreneurs. In some cases, entrepreneurs believe that government/regulatory policies aimed at supporting economic growth can actually be counterproductive to the growth of their early-stage company.”



Curious to know who the mentors are? Take advantage of the extended deadline to Thursday, Feb 6, and submit soon to work with one of these excellent entrepreneurs!

John Feminella, UpHex (software development, technical lead, lean/agile, startup formation)

Jim Erler, Erler Design (business development, customer discovery, strategic and technical consulting, semiconductors)

Bruce Ferris, SPARK Product Development (business development, customer relations, product design and prototyping)

Elizabeth Pyle, Pyle and Associates (management consulting, regulatory compliance, marketing, operations and strategic planning)

John Taylor, Castle Hill Holding (engineering design, hardware/software development, game design, social networking, contract negotiation, financial modeling)

Arthur Watson, Castle Hill Holding (marketing strategy, angel investing, client servicing, financial strategies)

David Chen, Coulter Translational Research Program, U.Va. (business development, funding strategies, medical devices, diagnostics and therapeutics, healthcare solutions)

Kelly Dye, First Citizens Bank (commercial and business banking, working capital financing, retail lending)

Rick Kulow, Rosewood Management Consulting (strategic planning, growth financing, distribution expansion, sales optimization, cash flow management, personal care products, natural foods industry)

Bill Bavin, Chessiecap Inc. (investment banker, education and human capital companies, capital formation, corporate finance)

John Thomas, Press Start LLC (software design, customer development, agile/lean, web/iPhone/iPod/ iPad productivity applications)

Elizabeth Roark, Embark Technologies (project/program management, business strategy, start-up launch, ScrumMaster)

Steve O’Keefe, SixEstate Communications (newsblogging, online marketing, internet public relations, media relations)

MJ Toms, Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, Darden School (startup formation, IT, business strategy, corporate planning, product marketing)


Calling all curious minds, builders, and doers…

The 2nd annual JET mentorship program application is now open!

We want to help you and/or your team to tackle a demonstrated need that has business potential.  Find out more details by visiting the “JET Application” tab above.

The deadline for entries from the College for the U.Va. Cup has been extended to Friday, October 25th at noon!

The U.Va. Cup, now in its fifth year, brings together the top concepts from each school to compete for cash awards totaling $40,000.  This is a University-wide celebration of the most original, feasible and self-sustaining ideas for new ventures.  The teams are student-centered, but can also involve faculty, staff and alumni.

Students can submit their concept by following this link: http://innovation.virginia.edu/submit-a-concept

More details about the U.Va. Cup competition can be found at http://www.virginia.edu/ecup.

Presentation with more information about the competition: 2013 CLAS competition


WHEN: Wednesday, 13 November 2013, 5-7 PM

WHERE: Davis Commons, Rice Hall, SEAS (across from the Stadium parking lots)

Do you have an idea for a new product?  Anxious to launch a new venture?  Excited and curious about entrepreneurship?

If so, then you will want to plan on coming the SEAS-Darden Technology Venture Fair on 13 November!

This event will allow students and faculty to show off their latest ideas for products and businesses and it will allow other students to meet, mingle, and find projects that could use help with marketing, finance, and the business side.

We welcome students–both undergraduate and graduate–to display their ideas as well faculty.  Students from all schools can participate either as exhibitors or attendees.  We will provide tables and easels for displays as well as food and drink.  So come, make the scene and see the cool stuff that’s happening at UVa!

To register, please visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1E92XG7wTLgGM-yizuaro9HS1L5z1nqBpwCoiMxlkQEI/viewform