Dreams to Reality Incubator

The Dreams to Reality Incubator (D2RI) support faculty-student teams in the College of Engineering whose research has resulted in products or prototypes ready to move from concept to market. Through the 12-month program offered by D2RI these teams will learn all the tools needed to build a successful business, navigate the patent process, and find investors. With support from the Innovation Gateway and the da Vinci Center, the D2RI rounds out the offerings to VCU faculty interested in starting a business.

Mission Statement

The Dreams to Reality Incubator mission is to enable faculty-student teams to bring their product to market successfully by providing a thorough 9-month program that covers all the information they will need to be successful.

Calls for Proposals

The Dreams to Reality Incubator will support a number of faculty-student teams each academic year. Awarded projects for the 2021-2022 academic year have been chosen. Please check back in June 2022 for the 2022-2023 call.

Location and Facilities

The Dreams to Reality Incubator is located on the second floor of the Engineering Research Building in room 2340. This 1,000 square foot space includes collaboration space for multiple teams, presentation capabilities, a lounge available to D2RI teams, and a front desk attendant during normal business hours.

Street parking is available on Cary Street and Main Street. VCU’s JL lot and Jefferson Street Parking Deck are nearby. Lot parking can be arranged for visitors in advance.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the Dreams to Reality Incubator or projects currently being supported, please email d2ri@vcu.edu