Batten Institute

Batten Institute Ventures


The Batten Institute offers a portfolio of programs and other resources that enable innovators and entrepreneurs from Darden, the University of Virginia and beyond to transform new ideas into value-creating ventures. Since 2000, our venture and innovation programs have:

  • Supported more than 275 companies and over 500 founding team members
  • Provided over $1.5 million in grants to founding teams
  • Enabled founding teams to raise about $150 million in equity capital and over $250 million across all forms of capital
  • Led to the creation of up to 50 new jobs  and in some cases over 100 jobs  by each cohort

Find information about our current programs and other offerings by following links in the menu.

David Touve
 David Touve
 Senior Director of Ventures




Jason Brewster
 Jason Brewster
 Director of Ventures




Sandra McCutcheon 
 Sandra McCutcheon
 Assistant Director of Ventures

While in-person gatherings are suspended at the University of Virginia through 30 June 2020, all of the Batten Institute’s programs are continuing to operate either online or through remote work.

Please contact the director of each program for the latest information. For additional questions please contact Debbie White, Director of Finance & Operations, Batten Institute ([email protected]) or +1-434-924-3886