Incubators

  • 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. The i.Lab at UVA is managed by Darden's Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

    Students, like Alex in the video below, who spend their summer in the i.Lab Incubator enjoy having so many resources at their disposal.


    Students also get the opportunity to help consult with entrepreneurs from the Charlottesville community, like Suz Somersall. With the help of Darden students and the i.Lab Incubator, Suz was able to fine-tune her business model and increase sales, as she describes in this video.

    Incubator Partnerships

    In addition to the i.Lab Incubator, Darden students also benefit from partnerships with the following incubators in the Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C.:

    Plug and Play Tech Center Incubator Program

    The Darden School is a University Partner of Plug and Play Tech Center, a business accelerator headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, that specializes in growing tech startups.

    Plug and Play’s global network includes:

    • 300+ tech startups
    • 180+ investors
    • A community of leading universities and corporate partners

    From unique industry networking events, education and immersion programs to M&A, Plug and Play helps startups get organized, connect and grow. Darden students and alumni can apply for access to a work space at Plug and Play's Sunnyvale, California location. 

    Partnership With 1776 Incubator

    Darden now partners with the 1776 Incubator in Washington, D.C.

    Working with 1776, Darden provides educational opportunities — workshops, lunch-and-learn sessions and mentoring sessions — from expert entrepreneurs and direct engagement with D.C.’s unique entrepreneurial ecosystem.