Improving the world through entrepreneurship and innovation Darden's world class entrepreneurship program is supported by the Batten Institute, a $100 million endowed center of excellence at Darden. The Batten Institute is dedicated to the creation of knowledge about the transformative power of entrepreneurship and innovation and to the cultivation of principled, entrepreneurial leaders. We believe that entrepreneurship and innovation are powerful mechanisms for addressing society's most pressing issues and that economic and social advancement requires leaders who embrace an entrepreneurial outlook and a commitment to innovation of all kinds. The Institute supports a diverse portfolio of research projects and MBA program offerings and scholarships. Learn more about the Batten Institute.