ABOUT THE PROGRAMDarden Connect is a multi-day, immersive program for select MBA students interested in entrepreneurship and venture capital careers that was first held in the 2018-19 academic year. The program offers unique connections to key individuals, companies and organizations active in venture communities across the United States. Darden Connect: San Francisco Bay Area7-9 november 2018The inaugural Darden Connect in the Bay Area introduced a cohort of 10 Darden MBA students to key players in the world’s epicenter for innovation, technology and venture capital. Spending three days in Silicon Valley and San Francisco, where the Batten Institute maintains a full-time staff presence, the students participated in a highly curated venture-immersion experience. Visiting over a dozen early stage companies and venture capital firms, they met directly with founders, CEOs and investors, including private networking dinners with UVA alumni active in venture capital and entrepreneurship.DARDEN CONNECT: Austin7-8 March 2019The Austin Connect program provided 11 Darden MBA students with visits to early to mid-size startups, visits to venture capital firms, a UVA-wide networking reception, visits with local Austin accelerators and access to the South by Southwest Conference. Learn More: "Darden Connect: Batten Institute Offers New Immersion Program in Major Entrepreneurial Ecosystems" [The Darden Report] Information about Darden Connect offerings in 2019-20 is forthcoming. Please direct questions to Robyn Swift, Director of West Coast Initiatives.