Batten Institute

Competitions Overview


UVA Entrepreneurship Cup

The UVa Entrepreneurship Cup is a university-wide concept competition. In the first round, concept competitions are held for four tracks; Consumer Goods & Services/B2B, Medical Technologies/Healthcare, Social Entrepreneurship, and Technology/Media/Communications. Winners from each of these four concept competitions then compete in the UVA E-Cup to decide the ultimate entrepreneurial concept champion of the year for the entire University of Virginia.

Effectual De-Risking Competition

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. Darden's final competition of the academic year is the revamped "Business Plan 2.0" Competition which reflects the practices of real-world investors.

Business Plan Competition 2.0

The Business Plan Competition 2.0 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 sponsors a qualified number of student teams to attend certain strategic competitions in the areas of entrepreneurship and innovation. Contact MJ Toms for more information.

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