iLab

  • iLab interiorExplore your entrepreneurial edge and build a network of creative collaboration at the Innovation Laboratory, or i.Lab, where several of our Executive Education programs take place. You’ll discover the space and resources you need to get your next big idea out of your mind, onto the page and even off the ground.

    Providing coaching, courses and incubation for University and community startups, the i.Lab offers an entrepreneurial ecosystem modeled on Professor Jeanne Liedtka’s design thinking work. 

    As a participant in select Executive Education courses, you’ll be invited to engage in this ideal innovation laboratory. Pitch your early-stage business idea in the W.L. Lyons Brown Jr. Boardroom, then refine your position and presentation with the support of faculty mentors. Flesh out ideas over Skype, then print models from the media room’s 3-D printer. 

    In this environment of entrepreneurial energy, you’ll understand why Darden alumnus and big data analysis startup co-founder Kyle Redinger called Charlottesville “the East Coast’s best-kept sleeper tech-hub secret.” Newly connected to an on- and off-Grounds community of inventive peers, you’ll emerge with a wide network of inspirational contacts whose technical acumen and business savvy can help guide your journey to refine, repeat and succeed.