Darden Entrepreneurship courses include case-based, design-intensive and hands-on offerings taught by the nation’s top entrepreneurship faculty, as ranked by Princeton Review/Entrepreneur (2011). Students choosing an entrepreneurship concentration graduate with a set of skills based on academic study and experiential work that allows them to be confident in starting a new venture and include an understanding of the fundamentals of effectual and causal thinking.
Our courses challenge students to think about how one can create value and build a productive business organization with available resources (e.g., intelligence, insight, energy, initiative and personal relationships). Entrepreneurship is highly consistent with Darden’s focus on “creating, leading and transforming businesses” insofar as it is a vital ingredient of each.
The Technology Accelerator course brings together students from Darden and other U.Va. schools who collaborate to identify market needs, find technologies (in the broad sense of the term, not just IT) appropriate to address those needs, and develop a business plan.
The Corporate Innovation and the Design Experience course examines how design thinking and innovation principles can be used to enhance the value and accelerate the development of business opportunities that deliver organic growth. Students learn to apply design methodologies and innovation tools by working in teams on a live, corporate project, in close proximity to a client company who have real problems to solve.
A full comprehensive listing of courses can be found here: Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Strategy Courses (please note that courses change each year)