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Alex Zorychta

University of Virginia
Coordinator for Student Entrepreneurs

Alex Zorychta finds, guides, connects, and builds communities of practice for student entrepreneurs. He takes an entrepreneurial approach to innovating within university entrepreneurship programs in order to address the gaps between rising support for entrepreneurial education programs and the national 20-year stagnation in new venture creation rates. He continued his student entrepreneurial project post-graduation from the University of Virginia by securing a $250,000 translational research grant, and began helping younger students understand that this path is possible and attainable. Success with that led to the creation of a position for him within the University of Virginia's Technology Entrepreneurship program, and after 500 "customer discovery" interviews with entrepreneurial students and multiple prototypical programs to understand how to increase new venture creation, the largest successes came from the development of a community of practice called Works in Progress.