Charlottesville, VA made the Fortune/CNNMoney’s top 20 list for Best Places to Launch a Small Business 2009 among small metro areas. The feature notes, “Local business owners can’t say enough good things about Darden, UVA’s graduate business school, which boasts the world-class Batten Institute for entrepreneurship. In addition to fostering education on innovation, Batten offers incubator space and other assistance to grad students starting businesses.” The article also describes the high quality of life in Charlottesville, mentioning that the “nearby Blue Ridge Mountains provide endless hiking opportunities, and oenophiles enjoy the growing number of vineyards surrounding the city. The city offers good schools and a low cost of living — and right at its heart is a walkable, almost European pedestrian mall with numerous theaters, restaurants, cafes, artists, and musicians.”
You can also find a feature from Hotelicopter founder Adam Healey (Darden MBA Class of 2005) who describes why he launched his business in Charlottesville.
Darden alumni Adam Healey and Charles Seilheimer, both Class of 2005, recently received recognition from a new Piper Jaffray industry report naming Hotelicopter (a locally-based company they began while at Darden) as one of the up and coming companies to watch in the $80 billion online travel booking industry.
This is the latest in a long string of recognitions started shortly after leaving Darden, when they won the 2006 Darden-UVA Business Plan Competition, followed by support from the Darden Business Incubator. Coverage about Hotelicopter (formerly known as VibeAgent) can be found on NPR, Washington Post, MSNBC, USA Today, and more.
For additional information (including a video they used as part of a viral marketing stunt) visit the UVA Today blog.