• The annual Darden E-Conference features prominent entrepreneurs, investors and executives in a daylong series of lectures and workshops held each academic year. Students learn innovative strategies for building new businesses and have the opportunity to network with successful alumni and community entrepreneurs. Since 2014 the conference has been organized by the student leaders of Darden's Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club

    2015-16 Darden E-Conference

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    2014 Darden E-Conference: Partnering for Startup Success

    The following topics were discussed:

    • Successfully Scaling the Startup
    • Social Impact Startups
    • The Venture Capitalist Environment
    • Partnering With the Right People
    • Managing Tech Projects With a Non-tech Background
    • Success and Failure Startup Reality
    • Starting a Business in Charlottesville

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    2013 Darden E-Conference: Start Up NOW

    In 2013, the E-Conference explored one of the hardest challenges that every entrepreneur faces: how to start and once started, how to build momentum around an early-stage concept or venture.

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    2012 Darden E-Conference: Pathways to Entrepreneurship

    The 2012 E-Conference featured the following speakers:

    • Ellen Levy, former vice president of strategic initiatives, advisory board member, LinkedIn
    • Tim Ogilvie, CEO, Peer Insight
    • Kit Hickey, co-founder, Ministry of Supply
    • Brian Knight, co-founder, CrowdCheck
    • Vlad Vukicevic, co-founder, RocketHub 

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    2011 Darden E-Conference: Innovate. Effectuate.

    Attendees at the 2011 E-Conference got a vivid introduction to effectuation, the term coined by Darden Professor Saras Sarasvathy to describe the decision-making process of expert entrepreneurs.

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    2010 Darden E-Conference: The Lifecycle of a Startup

    The 2010 E-Conference focused on bootstrapping, de-risking, managing growth and exits. Watch sessions from the 2010 conference below. 

    Where Do Ideas Come From?
    • Chic Thompson, founding partner of the Creative Leadership Group 

    What Do You Need to Start a Business?  
    • Saras Sarasvathy, Isidore Horween Research Associate Professor of Business Administration at the Darden School of Business and leading scholar on the cognitive basis for high-performance entrepreneurship
    • Andrea Ayres, co-founder of Splendora’s Gelato in Charlottesville, Virginia
    • R. "Jerry" Nemorin, founder and CEO of LendStreet

    • Trip Davis, co-founder and chairman of TRX, a global leader in travel technology and data services
    • Reenst Lesemann, VP of Business Development for Columbia Power Technologies
    • Craig Misrach, President and CEO of Freedom Meditech
    • Jordan Posell, CFO for Total Beauty Media, Inc.

    Managing Growth  
    • Edward Hess, Professor of Business Administration and Batten Executive-in-Residence at the Darden School of Business
    • Lyons Brown, founder and CEO of Altamar Brands, LLC
    • Jefferson Macklin, COO of Barbara Lynch Gruppo

    • Susan Chaplinsky, Tipton R. Snavely Professor of Business Administration, University of Virginia Darden School of Business
    • Robert Capon, co-founder and former CEO of Adenosine Therapeutics
    • Jordan Posell, CFO for Total Beauty Media, Inc.
    • Jay Moore, partner and head of the law firm Hunton & William’s Corporate Team