Darden’s i.Lab Partners With TomTom Founders Festival to Promote Entrepreneurship in Charlottesville

This Thursday, 11 April, is the grand opening of the W.L. Lyons Brown III Innovation Laboratory (i.Lab) expansion. The original i.Lab, launched in 2010, is expanding to include a state-of-the-art incubator that will be open to qualified University of Virginia (U.Va.) and local community start-ups and will service as an entrepreneurial hub for the University and the Charlottesville community.

Part of the opening festivities will include a “U.Pitch. C’ville Decides.” competition, co-hosted by the Batten Institute at the Darden School of Business and the Tom-Tom Founders Festival — an annual festival in and around the historic Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, Virginia with the mission to catalyze innovation by converging music, art, design and technology to connect people and new ideas for the future. The Batten Institute will award $10,000 in total to the competition’s top three winners, who will be selected by event attendees. The “U.Pitch. C’ville Decides.” competition winner will also receive the option to be admitted into the newly expanded i.Lab Incubator program.

Thursday’s events include a welcome from U.Va. President Teresa Sullivan and Dean of the Darden School Robert F. Bruner, an innovation challenge workshop led by Darden Professors Jeanne Liedtka and Bobby Parmar, elevator pitches by six admitted i.Lab incubator companies, and voting for the “U.Pitch. C’ville Decides.” competition.

Charlottesville has been named in the top 50 places in the country to launch a small business by Money Magazine.

To learn more about the i.Lab expansion grand opening or to attend the event, visit the Batten Institute website.

To learn more about MBA entrepreneurship opportunities, courses, competitions and more, visit the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership website.

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