Darden welcomed a second group from the University of Piura’s PAD School of Management to grounds last week for another week-long International Partner Program. Thirty-two part-time MBA students from Peru joined Darden’s Center for Global Initiatives for the week to study entrepreneurship and innovation and to visit local companies. The program was led by professors Raul Chao, Tom Steenburgh, Jeremy Hutchison-Krupat and Bobby Parmar. “The classes were excellent, I really enjoyed them. The professors were spectacular,” shared MBA student Alicia Santillana. During the week the group visited UVA’s Licensing & Ventures Group and UVA’s iLab to learn more about Charlottesville’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. At iLab, the group heard from Kris Cody (Class of 2018), CEO and founder of PAKA Apparel, a social enterprise based in Peru that began as a startup venture in iLab’s summer incubator program.

See pictures of the week below!

Michael Straightiff, Executive Director of UVA’s Licensing & Ventures Group, shares about the work of LVG to the group in their incubator space
Cheering for Peru during a World Cup qualifying match
Some students from the PAD group on a visit to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello
Kris Cody (Class of 2018) from PAKA Apparel Skyping into the iLab classroom from Cusco, Peru
Celebrating the completion of a successful International Partner Program. “The complete experience was perfect!” commented PAD student Jorge Bardales