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At iDEA (Innovators, Designers and Entrepreneurs in Action) events, highly acclaimed scholars and practitioners from the Darden community engage alumni and other professionals in a series of discussions about the role of entrepreneurship and innovation in business and society.

2014 Events

The Entrepreneurial Renaissance of Darden and Charlottesville

Lyons Brown III (MBA '87) Founder and CEO of Altamar Brands, LLC.; Darden School Foundation Trustee
Michael Lenox
, Associate Dean and Academic Director, Batten Institute
John G. Macfarlane (MBA '79) Chair, VZ Capital; Darden School Foundation Trustee

Date: 4 February 2014
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Location: Plug and Play Tech Center, Sunnyvale, California, U.S.A.
 
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Pitch Night with i.Lab Incubator Ventures at 1776 

The third installment of the Darden/1776 Entrepreneurship Series will feature a sampling of pitches from companies in the 2014-2015 UVA i.Lab Incubator program. Come enjoy cocktails and learn about the innovative concepts being launched in Charlottesville!

Date: 23 October 2014

Time: 6:30-8:30 pm

Location: 1776, 1133 15th St. NW, 12th Floor, Washington, DC 20005

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Can Entrepreneurship Solve the World's Biggest Social Problems? 

You are warmly invited to a highly interactive session led by Darden professor Saras Sarasvathy, preeminent educator and researcher in the field of entrepreneurship. Sarasvathy's foundational research in effectuation is taught at Darden and the world's leading business schools.

Come with an open mind and ready to discuss these questions.

  • Is entrepreneurship the missing link that can solve the world's biggest social problems?
  • What makes entrepreneurs entrepreneurial?
  • What is the entrepreneurial method, and can it be applied in a corporate setting?
The two-hour session kicks off with a 30-minute interactive lecture, followed by an hour long open discussion. 

Date: 23 November 2014

Time: 3-5 pm

Location: Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre, Xi Zang Nan Lu, Huangpu, Shanghai, China 200003

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Faculty

Greg Fairchild, an associate professor at Darden, studies entrepreneurship and business development in inner cities and other underserved areas. He has researched and published extensively on such topics as the effects of residential segregation on entrepreneurship and the role of social brokers in urban labor markets. In 2007, Fairchild won a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to support a multiyear research project on the evolution and best practices of successful community development financial institutions (CDFIs). His work on CDFIs, which provide financial products and services to economically distressed communities, has yielded significant insights into a host of pressing social and business issues.


Ed Hess, a former investment banker and strategy consultant and now a professor at the Darden School, has spent the past seven years interviewing the CEOs of high-growth companies in the United States. In his new book, Smart Growth, forthcoming from Columbia University Press, Hess questions the "grow or die" mentality that dominates both private and public companies, and he offers best practices for scaling an enterprise. Business growth, Hess notes, is a risky and complex process that can stress a company's systems, threaten its culture, distract its leaders and transform the competitive landscape in ways the company may not be ready to handle. Instead of pursuing ever-increasing quarterly earnings, business leaders should focus on improvement.

Mike Lenox, academic director of the Batten Institute, is exploring the public and private drivers of innovation and entrepreneurship in green technology-a sector that has seen an increase in venture capital investment, despite the economic downturn. Lenox, who was named an Emerging Scholar for 2009 by the Strategic Management Society, has long focused on the intersection between business strategy and public policy, especially regarding issues of environmental sustainability. In his new research undertaking, he is exploring such questions as, Where is innovation occurring geographically? Are established firms or new ventures more likely to introduce green products? How are firms positioning themselves in the green technology market? And what is the role of public policy?

Jeanne Liedtka, a professor at the Darden School and a former chief learning officer at United Technologies Corporation, is a coauthor of Designing for Growth: A Design Tool-kit for Managers (Columbia University, 2011) and  The Catalyst: How You Can Become an Extraordinary Growth Leader (Crown Business, 2009). The culmination of a three-year study, The Catalyst tells the stories of managers at such companies as Best Buy, Corning and ING who achieved top-line revenue growth, or organic growth, from within their organizations. Growth isn't necessarily the result of far-sighted corporate strategies or radical new products and technologies, Liedtka found. Successful, sustainable growth is often driven by managers within a business who leverage existing resources to create better value propositions for customers, often without substantial capital investments or corporate support.

Events Archive

Ideas to Action - Boston

Date: 28 May 2013
Topic: "Building Consumer-Facing Businesses"
Location: Plastiq
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm

Ideas to Action - New York

Date: 14 March 2013
Topic: "Financing a Start-up: From Bootstrapping to Angel Financing to Venture Capital, Different Paths for Different Ventures"
Location: Yale Club Library
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Fee: $10/UVa Club members, $20/non-members

Ideas to Action - Sunnyvale, CA

Date: 27 February 2013
Topic: Tour of Plug and Play, and Discussion with Darden's Entrepreneurs in Residence
Location: Plug and Play

 Ideas to Action - Houston 

Format: Seminar / Reception
Date: 4 February 2013
Topic: "Entrepreneurship Education in the Prison System" with Professor Greg Fairchild and Bert Smith, CEO, Prison Entrepreneurship Program
Location: The Houstonian Hotel Club and Spa

 

Entrepreneurs in Action - Richmond

Format: Seminar / Reception
Date: 17 May 2012
Topic: "The Do's, Don'ts and Wish I Hadn't Stories of Entrepreneurship" moderated by Philippe Sommer. Panelists: Tom Brandy, Mike Bucci, Tonya Mallory, Chris Scott
Location: Ukrop Auditorium, Robins School of Business

RSVP required, to Nancy Price pricen@darden.virginia.edu  

Ideas to Action - Washington, D.C.

Format: Breakfast discussion
Date: 9 March 2012
Speaker: Professor Edward Hess

Entrepreneurs in Action - New York City

Format: Seminar / Reception
Date: 9 February 2012
Topic: Entrepreneurship Panel moderated by Philippe Sommer and Trip Davis

Ideas to Action - Hong Kong

Format: Seminar / Reception
Date: December 2011
Speaker: Professor Peter Rodriguez

Topic: Batten Institute, Darden School of Business


Ideas to Action - Denver

Format: Seminar / Reception
Date: 23 August 2011
Speaker: Professor Ed Hess
Topic: Secrets of Building Enduring Organizations, The 9 Characteristics of Consistent High Performance Businesses


Ideas to Action - San Francisco

Format: Seminar / Reception
Date: August 18, 2011
Speaker: Professor Michael Lenox
Topic: The Outlook for America to be a Leader in Renewable Energy Technology

Speaker: Darden Manager of Sustainability Programs Erika Herz
Topic: Sustainability at Darden: How We Live and How We Learn

Pre-reading
Pain at the Pump? We Need More
By Daniel C. Esty and Michael E. Porter
New York Times
April 27, 2011

Title: Ideas to Action - Zurich

Format: Seminar / Reception
Date: Thursday, 23 June 2011
Speaker: Professor Peter Rodriguez

Topic: The New Landscape of Global MBA Education and Innovations Underway at Darden  


Ideas to Action - Frankfurt, Germany

Format: Seminar / Reception
Date: Tuesday, 21 June 2011
Speaker: Professor Peter Rodriguez

Topic: The New Landscape of Global MBA Education and Innovations Underway at Darden  


Title: Ideas to Action - Houston

Format: Seminar / Reception
Date: May 18, 2011
Speaker: Professor Michael Lenox

Topic: The Outlook for America to be a Leader in Renewable Energy Technology 

Pre-reading
Pain at the Pump? We Need More 
By Daniel C. Esty and Michael E. Porter
New York Times
April 27, 2011

Title: Ideas to Action - Minneapolis

Format: Seminar / Reception
Date: May 17, 2011
Speaker: Professor Michael Lenox

Topic: The Outlook for America to be a Leader in Renewable Energy Technology 

Pre-reading
Pain at the Pump? We Need More 
By Daniel C. Esty and Michael E. Porter
New York Times
April 27, 2011

Title: Ideas to Action - San Francisco

Pacific Community Ventures & Galaxy Desserts
Community Development Through Private Equity Investing

Format: Seminar / Reception
Date: April 14, 2011
Speaker: Professor Greg Fairchild
Case for discussion


Title: Ideas to Action - Boston

"Secrets" of Building Enduring Organizations
The 9 Characteristics of Consistent High Performance Businesses

Format: Seminar / Reception
Date: April 7, 2011
Speaker: Professor Ed Hess

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