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Darden Startup Stories: Students and Recent Alumni Share Their Experiences in Entrepreneurship

By Mary Shea Watson-
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Pursuing an entrepreneurial career path or launching your own business at Darden can be intimidating, to say the least. Luckily, Darden student entrepreneurs and founders have access to a host of resources, including a wide variety of programs operated by the Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, insightful Darden faculty, knowledgeable career development staff and approachable alumni, as well as a growing startup community in the Charlottesville area. In a recent video series launched by the Batten Institute, Monish Tyagi (MBA ’18) interviews these members of the Classes of 2018 and 2019 who have launched their own businesses as Darden students:

  • Felix Artmann (MBA ’19) is the co-founder of Bonaverde, creators of the “Berlin” — a coffeemaker that brews coffee by roasting and grinding fresh, single-origin beans
  • Kimberly Diaz (MBA ’19) is the co-founder and CEO of oneTILT, an organization training education managers in order to make schools and nonprofits more diverse and inclusive
  • Meg Greenhalgh Pyre (MBA ’18) is co-founder and partner, and James Graham (MBA ’18) is partner at Brandefy, an app that compares store brands to name brands to help shoppers save time and money
  • Courtney Harris (MBA ’18) founded luxury footwear brand Scarlatta and is currently a Senior Analyst at Vanguard

Learn more and click the links below to watch the videos in this fun, engaging and informative series on entrepreneurial career development.

Video: Charlottesville’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

What is it like to start a business in Charlottesville? Learn about how and why Charlottesville provides a unique, productive environment for Darden student entrepreneurs.

Charlottesville's Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

 

Video: Experiencing the i.Lab

Hear about why the i.Lab at UVA Incubator is a great resource for students and community members wanting to launch their own ventures and what you might experience as a member of an i.Lab cohort.

Experiencing the i.Lab

 

Video: Considering an MBA?

Learn more about why these entrepreneurial students decided to pursue their MBA and what they have found the value to be in receiving their MBAs.

Considering an MBA?

 

Video: Why Darden?

In this video, hear about why these student entrepreneurs chose Darden and what initially drew them to the school.

Why Darden?

 

Video: The Darden Community

What does it feel like to be a member of the Darden community? What qualities make up Darden students, faculty, staff and community members? Watch this video to find out.

The Darden Community

 

Video: Darden’s Alumni Network

How accessible and available are alumni as resources for entrepreneurial students? This final video explores students’ experience networking and seeking career advice from the Darden alumni community.

Darden Alumni

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