Entrepreneurship & Innovation

  • Darden’s experiential programs for entrepreneurs include a business incubator, funded internships, innovative hands-on courses, competitions and intensive “bootcamps” designed for students interested in topics such as venture capital, start-ups, and health care-related ventures. Learn more below:

    i.Lab Incubator

    The i.Lab Incubator provides support for Darden MBA student entrepreneurs who are interested in developing early-stage business ventures by providing them with $10,000 in funding, faculty and student support, office space, access to technological expertise and free legal services.

    Entrepreneurship Competitions

    Darden provides MBA students multiple opportunities to pitch their businesses ideas to investors, peers, faculty, alumni, business leaders and the broader UVA entrepreneurial ecosystem through a series of entrepreneurship competitions.

    Batten Venture Internship Program

    The Batten Venture Internship Program (BVIP) subsidizes summer internships for students interested in working at a venture capital, start-up, or small-scale business organizations. Companies benefit from having access to MBA talent for the summer, and Darden students have an opportunity to experience the venture capital or small-scale side of entrepreneurship first-hand.

    Entrepreneurship Conference

    Darden's Entrepreneurship Conference is an annual event bringing together Darden students, alumni and community entrepreneurs to share their experiences building businesses and enthusiasm for entrepreneurship.

    Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital Club (EVC)

    The Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital Club at Darden (EVC) serves students and alumni who are interested in starting and/or investing in early-stage companies. By hosting networking events, speakers, educational seminars, competitions and other events, the EVC Club provides multiple opportunities to learn and become involved in the entrepreneurial community at Darden, in Charlottesville and beyond.

    Darden Venturing Projects

    Darden Venturing Projects are for-credit projects that challenge students to develop their own business ideas into proposals for new businesses. These projects generally include feasibility analysis and a plan for the venture’s development and funding.

    Innovation and the Design Experience

    The " Innovation and Design Experience" course examines how design thinking and innovation principles can be used to enhance the value and accelerate the development of business opportunities that deliver organic growth. View other entrepreneurship courses.

    Venture Capital Bootcamp

    Darden's Venture Capital Bootcamp is an intensive two-and-a-half day workshop for highly motivated MBA students interested in careers in venture capital and entrepreneurship.


    *The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at http://records.ureg.virginia.edu/index.php .