Friday, April 1, 2022

Galant Challenge

Have a compelling seed- or early-stage venture? Find investors to take it to the next level!

The 2022 Galant Challenge

The Galant Center’s annual “Shark Tank”-type pitch competition connects compelling seed- and early-stage ventures from the UVA community with potential investors. In recent years, this exciting event has successfully funded ventures with almost $5 million in capital.

The Challenge is open to ventures founded by any current UVA student; UVA graduate; or individual currently affiliated with UVA-affiliated founders or C-suite members, including students, alumni, faculty, and staff. This year, select teams affiliated with other business schools and universities will also be invited to compete.

Invited teams will pitch to investors, with McIntire board members and other guests in the audience, on April 1, 2022, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Charlottesville, Va.

The deadline for submissions was 11:59 p.m. ET, March 1, 2022.  Visit the How to Apply page for details on the submission requirements and process

Five finalists were selected to pitch at UVA on April 1st:




Navy Hill



Hosted by the Galant Center at the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia

University of Virginia

The University of Virginia encompasses twelve schools in Charlottesville. In 2019, the University was ranked the No. 3 best public university by U.S. News & World Report. In the 20 years since U.S. News began ranking public universities as a separate category, UVA has ranked in the top three and continues to rank in the Top 30 among the best of all national universities, public and private.

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McIntire School of Commerce

At McIntire, we believe commerce can change the world. On Grounds in Charlottesville, within our research centers, and through unparalleled educational experiences around the world, we are inspiring students and empowering scholars to use commerce as a powerful catalyst for change. Approaching 100 years of excellence in business education, McIntire is committed to inspiring our students to become ethical leaders, fearless pathfinders, and impactful visionaries in the global marketplace. Our ability to do so lies in the constant evolution of our programs, a renowned innovative spirit, and an inclusive and global mindset. Our teaching is driven by our commitment to use commerce as a force for good.

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The Galant Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The Galant Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UVA McIntire encourages, educates, and empowers students—past and present—to take on roles in the startup community that create positive impact and lasting value in the global marketplace.  Founded in 2008 with funding by Mark E. Galant (McIntire ’80), the Galant Center develops and support curriculum, pitch competitions, educational events, startup travel experiences, and student groups in an effort to catalyze entrepreneurial activity within the McIntire School, across Grounds, and beyond the University of Virginia.

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