MBA Students from Peru Learn Lessons in Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Charlottesville
The first week of May brought the fourth International Partner Program from Darden’s partner school in Lima, Peru, PAD School of Management, to Charlottesville. This group consisted of 32 part-time and full-time MBA students and two administrators who came for a week of courses and company speakers focused on a general management approach to entrepreneurship and innovation. The Darden faculty team of Raul Chao, Bobby Parmar and Tom Steenburgh led courses in operations, marketing, strategy and leadership while maintaining a focus on startups and entrepreneurship. The group visited Bold Rock Hard Cidery in for a firsthand look into their operations and innovative practices, and heard from co-founder Brian Shanks who led a tour of the Nellysford, VA facility. The PAD group also spent time in the innovation lab (iLab at UVA) where they heard from the founder of PAKA Apparel, Kris Cody, a fourth year student at UVA. Kris formerly participated in iLab’s summer incubator program with his startup venture, PAKA, a social enterprise that sells handmade alpaca wool apparel made by local women weavers in Peru.
See below for more pictures from the program!