Second-year students Grant Sirlin and Jared Vishno have developed a sports training service, Division 1-on-1 Trainers, that connects young athletes with division 1 college athletes for personal training.
Sirlin and Vishno formed the idea after taking a course on athletics and business that emphasized the financial dilemma college athletes face during their off-season. With assistance from Alex Zorychta, Director of Works in Progress (a networking service dedicated to student entrepreneurs), Division 1-on-1 Trainers went from being a vision to an actual NCAA-certified start-up–the only NCAA-certified start-up that provides service of its kind.
After holding multiple training sessions this summer, Sirlin and Vishno found the real value in providing this service came from the relationships that developed between athletes of the University and athletes of the Charlottesville community.
Sirlin and Vishno competed in the 2016 UVa Entrepreneurship Cup, where they were up against mostly graduate students. They received awards during the Concept and Discovery stages earning them $6,000, and were finalists at the Launch stage. They also competed against representatives from 80 companies at the Tom Tom Founders Festival – Pitch Night event, and were one of 10 finalists.