• Entrepreneurship Conference

    Darden's Entrepreneurship Conference is an annual event organized by the Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club (EVC) that brings together Darden students, alumni and community entrepreneurs to share their experiences building businesses and enthusiasm for entrepreneurship. Learn more.

    Entrepreneurship Competitions

    With over $90,000 in entrepreneurial funds awarded annually, Darden provides MBA students multiple opportunities to pitch their businesses ideas to investors, peers, faculty, alumni, business leaders and the broader UVA entrepreneurial ecosystem. Darden's entrepreneurship competitions are structured to encourage collaboration and cross-pollination of ideas across a broad range of disciplines and schools university-wide, positively impacting the local community.

    UVA Entrepreneurship Cup

    $40,000 awarded in total, $20,000 for first prize

    The UVA Entrepreneurship Cup is a university-wide concept competition. In the first round, competitions are held for four tracks, open to all undergraduate students, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. Two finalists from each track go on to compete in the final round of the Entrepreneurship Cup. Tracks include:Consumer Goods and Services/B2B; Medical Technologies and Health care; Social Entrepreneurship; and Technology, Media and Communications.

    Effectual De-Risking Competition

    $5,000 awarded in total, $3,000 for first prize

    Darden's Effectual De-Risking Competition is based on the principles of effectuation and teaches students to create their business concept with self-selected stakeholders while reducing the risks associated with launching their new business. 

    Business Plan Competition 

    $20,000 awarded in total, $10,000 for first prize

    The Business Plan Competition features student pitches that demonstrate the value of the business, capturing the elements of a business plan in a high-impact power point, video, and executive-summary based format.

    Venture Capital Investment Competition

    The Venture Capital Investment Competition is an annual international venture capital competition run by UNC Kenan-Flagler. Darden has hosted the Southeast Regional and sends its own team to compete in the VCIC regional on another campus.

    Strategic Competition Initiative

    Darden will sponsor a number of student teams to attend certain strategic competitions in the areas of global leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation, sustainability, ethics and diversity. Contact MJ Toms for more information.