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Batten Institute - Technology Venture Fellows

Batten Technology Venture Fellows

WHAT IS THE BATTEN TECHNOLOGY VENTURE FELLOWS PROGRAM? This program offers Darden students an intensive, operational experience with early-stage technology ventures during a 10-week fellowship. The purpose of this program is to embed Darden MBAs in high-potential, high-growth ventures, giving them hands-on project experience, mentorship and coaching, a rich network of connections and contacts, and the inspiration to follow an entrepreneurial path after Darden.

WHO'S IT FOR? Darden students between their First and Second years at Darden.

WHEN IS IT? For 10 weeks during the summer.

WHERE IS IT? Various locations.

HOW DO I SIGN UP? Scroll down for further information or Apply Now

Please direct questions to [email protected]

  • Benefits & Timetable


    • 10-week summer fellowship with one or more technology-related ventures
    • Supported and administered by the Batten Institute
    • Sponsored by principals from leading VC firms
    • $8,000 (max.) matching stipend from the Batten Institute
    • $8,000 (min.) compensation from sponsor/portfolio company


    • Information session: 18 November 2020 at 3:00 p.m. EST.

    • Office Hours: 29 October, 9-11 November

    • Application deadline: 7 December 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Apply here

    • Selection interviews: TBD January 2021

    • Technology Venture Fellows offers made: TBD February 2021

    • Technology Venture Fellows announced: TBD March 2021

    • Summer Fellowship will typically run for 10-weeks between Memorial Day and the second week of August 

  • Eligibility & Application


    Any first year Darden MBA student in good standing, including those enrolled in the Executive MBA (EMBA) program, is eligible to apply. 

    First Year students will be given until 29 January 2020 or four weeks, whichever is later, to consider an offer, unless an alternative time frame is agreed upon by both parties.


    This is a highly competitive program, and there are only a limited number of Technology Venture Fellows available. Students interested in applying should plan to do so early. To be considered, applicants must complete the online application and provide a current resume. Qualified finalists will be invited for interviews with the selection committee, which will include principals from the sponsoring firms. Online application available here

  • Funding & Commitments


    The Batten Institute provides a $8,000 matching stipend for each Technogloy Venture Fellow. It is expected that the sponsor/portfolio company will match (or exceed) that amount for each recipient. 


    Students who accept a Technology Venture Fellowship are making a formal commitment to work for the sponsor and/or their portfolio companies during the internship. Once the fellowship has been accepted, awardees may not later rescind it in favor of another opportunity; this would be unfair to the sponsors, the selection committee, and other applicants.

    Technology Venture Fellows commit to completing an end-of-fellowship survey, participating in a fall wrap-up and info session for new applicants, serving as a mentor for future fellows, and delivering a summary of the experience (online) to be shared with sponsors, alumni, and senior leaders at the Batten Institute and Darden School of Business, highlighting:

    • Results and accomplishments
    • Challenges encountered
    • Goals for the year ahead
    • Impact of fellowship on future career
  • Current Sponsors


    Technology Venture Fellows is administered and co-funded by the Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation; it is sponsored by principals from leading venture capital firms. The sponsors will be directly involved in the selection process, and they commit to providing placements with one or more of their respective firm’s portfolio companies. Ventures and specific projects will be matched with admitted candidates on a case-by-case basis.


    BlueRun Ventures (Menlo Park, CA)

    FIN Venture Capital (San Francisco, CA)

    Greenspring Associates (Owings Mills, MD and Palo Alto, CA)

    Innovation Works (Pittsburgh, PA) 

    KEC Ventures (New York, NY)

  • Listing of Fellows


    Technology Venture Fellows 2020

    Michael Bojanski - Anagram (formerly Patch), KEC Ventures

    Amanda Gex - Grove Collaborative, Glynn Capital Management

    Technology Venture Fellows 2019

    Cara Jankowski -  Bright Health, Greenspring Associates

    Zach Lynch -  Kabbage, BluRun Ventures

    Meghan Lyons -  Kalo, Glynn Capital Management

    Technology Venture Fellows 2018

    Kristen Podwika -  Gooten, KEC Ventures

    Mary Julia Keller -  Rhumbix, Glynn Capital Management 

    Marcelo Costa de Sousa -  Kabbage, BlueRun Ventures 

    Technology Venture Fellows 2017

    Van Hatchell - ZeeMee, Redwood City, CA

    Kyle Collins - Kabbage, Atlanta, GA

    Whitney Hagan - VSCO, Oakland, CA