• Having an entrepreneurial mindset is more than just having the skills and drive to start your own business. An entrepreneurial thinker has the ability to think innovatively and positively influence people of all backgrounds and organizations of all sizes.

    At Darden, we encourage our students to use an entrepreneurial mindset when approaching any business problem. Our active learning approach teaches you to think quickly on your feet, to think critically and innovatively about business issues, and to step forward to make a difference in your community and around the world.

    Darden’s entrepreneurial offerings center on the principle of effectuation — a mindset used by many successful entrepreneurs. While some business plans try to predict the future, effectuation focuses on working with things within one’s control to create the future instead of predict it.

    Learn more about how our case method experience, innovative curriculum, student leadership opportunities, and community involvement enable you to think outside of the box and succeed in any industry and any organization below.

    Case Method Experience

    In the classroom, you will learn how to make strategic decisions with limited information. You will learn to persuade and inspire others, reconcile differing viewpoints and prioritize objectives and capitalize on opportunities. Darden’s case method of instruction will give you the practice and confidence you need to tackle real business problems in the board room and in your career.

    Innovative Experiential Learning Curriculum

    As the business world evolves, so does the Darden curriculum. Each year, the faculty introduce several new courses to address current business issues. You will collaborate with Darden faculty, alumni and organizations around the world to recommend solutions to issues that real companies are currently facing.

    Recent experiential learning opportunities have included working with FreeSet Global, consulting opportunities with an Indonesian agricultural company, and writing a case alongside Darden faculty.

    Student Leadership

    In addition to taking formal leadership courses as part of Darden’s core curriculum, you will also have the opportunity to be a leader and influencer in student clubs, advisory boards and other areas of the school.

    Making a Difference in the Community

    Members of the Darden community are invested in a variety of causes around the University of Virginia and the greater Charlottesville community. Our students frequently collaborate with local businesses to improve business practices, pursue social enterprise initiatives and volunteer for local nonprofit organizations such as Building Goodness in April and the Shelter for Help in Emergency.