Entrepreneurial Activities and Competitions

“Students participate in co-curricular activities when they are interested or passionate about the topic, and they may not have time to pursue it as part of their regular curriculum,” says Director of Engineering Entrepreneurship Edmond Dougherty. To that end, the College offers a number of popular activities related to engineering entrepreneurship:

24 Hour Imagination Quest involves a trade show at which teams display their ideas
24 Hour Imagination Quest involves a trade show at which teams display their ideas

24 Hour Imagination Quest (24 Hr IQ):  This quick moving, time-sensitive entrepreneurship competition lends itself to working across colleges in multi-disciplinary teams.

Villanova Student Entrepreneurship Competition (VSEC): A semester-long, interdisciplinary extracurricular entrepreneurship competition, VSEC is designed to give Villanova students the experience of innovating, creating and designing products, businesses and/or services to fill a variety of needs. Those who reach the final round work with outside judges and mentors to refine and enhance their ideas and then progress to deliver their final pitch to a boardroom of investors.

Pitch Day: A campus-wide, all-day event, Pitch Day serves as the culmination of all entrepreneurship activities at Villanova, and the final event for VSEC. Typically, about 30 percent of participants are engineering students.

Android Hackathon: In the Android Hackathon, undergraduate and graduate students from engineering, computer science, and business compete in teams to develop an award-winning Android application within a 24-hour period.

Villanova Summer Innovation Incubator (VSII): Funded by the Harris Corporation, VSII supports student teams in developing and prototyping solutions to real-world problems of their choosing.

Arduino Workshop and Hackathon: A workshop trains students in the use of the Arduino open-source electronic prototyping platform, and is followed a week later by an Arduino hackathon competition. 

Raspberry Pi Workshop and Hackathon: A workshop introduces students to Raspberry Pi, an inexpensive, single board computer that uses Linux. The following week, students compete in a Raspberry Pi hackathon putting their new-found knowledge to work. 

Pitch Day is the culmination of entrepreneurial activities on campus.

Pitch Day is the culmination of entrepreneurial activities on campus.
Pitch Day is the culmination of entrepreneurial activities on campus.

Contact

Edmond Dougherty ’69 EE, ’86 MSCS

Edmond Dougherty ’69 EE, ’86 MSCS
Director, Engineering Entrepreneurship
edmond.j.dougherty@villanova.edu

An experienced entrepreneur and well-known guest columnist, Dougherty was lead developer of the Emmy Award-winning Skycam, which is used in the NFL, NBA, and NHL; BestShot, a system used in televised boxing events; LaserScore, an automatic-scoring, steel-tipped dartboard; Wavecam, the next-generation aerial camera system for sports and entertainment; and Stereovision Telepresence Systems, which the Navy uses to perform remote tasks.

Dougherty has also been published on BusinessInsider.com, and in Entrepreneur Magazine and Reader’s Digest.