Darden Venture Lab (DVL) provides dedicated workspace, scheduled programming, grant support, and community engagement to select, full-time Darden students actively managing early-stage ventures with traction. DVL is distinct from Darden courses that focus on educating, building, and validating ventures. Student companies in DVL already have momentum and are aggressively pursuing product/market fit (PMF) with different demands than those of founders addressing minimum-viable product (MVP) challenges.ComponentsTeams receive the following: Up to $5000 grant ($2500 Fall + $2500 Spring) per venture teamDedicated workspaceMonthly guests focused on actionable outcomes – guests will meet with group collectively, followed by one-on-one sessionsBi-weekly in-person and online venture check-insOnline access to mentor and Ask platformInclusion in incubator alumni communityMentorship from experienced founders and industry expertsAccess to partner resources and programs, with over $25,000 of in-kind benefits from Amazon AWS, SendGrid, Gusto, Google Cloud, Digital Ocean, and Airtable EligibilityA venture must meet the following criteria to be considered: At least one (equity) founder is a current Darden studentVenture is incorporated (for-profit and non-profit entities welcome)Founder retains active role in the startup and can provide measurable evidence of progress and traction (e.g., user adoption, sales, social impact)Darden founder(s) commitment to participate in all check-ins and guest sessions Dates and DeadlinesVentures meeting the criteria will be considered by a panel consisting of the incubator director, incubator mentors and Darden faculty. Interviews may be required, at the discretion of the panel. Applications for fall participation are due no later than 19 September at 1:00pm EDT. They will evaluated on a rolling basis as received, and in-person interviews, if needed, will take place on 21 September. Please reference the downloadable PDF for preparation and online application. Workshops will typically consist of a monthly lunch with a guest speaker. Check-ins are bi-weekly and include online discussions throughout the term. The initial workshop for the fall is scheduled for 28 September – additional details are forthcoming with acceptance.