Second-year UVa students Grant Sirlin and Jared Vishno have developed a sports training service called Division 1-on-1 Trainers that provides young athletes in college communities with personal training from division 1 student-athletes.
The idea came to them after they took 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 student entrepreneurial group on Grounds, Division 1-on-1 Trainers went from a vision to an actual NCAA-certified start-up–the only NCAA-certified start-up that provides service of this kind.
After holding multiple training sessions this summer, Grant and Jared found that the real value in providing this service came from the relationships that grew between athletes of the University and athletes of the Charlottesville community.
Grant and Jared 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 participated in Pitch Night at the Tom Tom Founders Festival, where they were one of 10 finalists out of the 80 companies that were represented.