Graduate Programs

At the Graduate level, the University's Programs and Courses include the Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Strategy Concentration within the Darden School of Business, as well as both the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic and the Patent Law and Licensing Clinic within the School of Law.

For a complete list of Graduate-level courses related to Entrepreneurship, click here.

Darden School of Business

Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Strategy
Darden has been recognized as having one of the leading entrepreneurship programs among all graduate business schools. The School offers more than 25 electives in the areas of entrepreneurship, innovation and strategy, and 70% of MBA students take entrepreneurship courses while at Darden.

Entrepreneurship at Darden is about "applied business innovation": how to create new value not only through new products or services, but with novel technologies, business concepts, organizing structures, transaction/financing mechanisms, distribution channels, and market segmentation. This selection of courses emphasizes the art and science of "creating something new from little." These courses challenge students to think about how one can create value and build a productive business organization with available resources (e.g., intelligence, insight, energy, initiative and personal relationships). Entrepreneurship is highly consistent with Darden's focus on "creating, leading and transforming businesses" insofar as it is a vital ingredient of each.

Law School

Entrepreneurial Law Clinic
The Entrepreneurial Law Clinic at the Law School works in partnership with the Darden School of Business, which houses the MBA program at the University, to provide pro bono legal assistance to ventures participating in the Darden Business Incubator. Law students receive practical training through the clinic on how to advise startup companies and on drafting basic corporate documentation. The students then work directly with the entrepreneurs to create a legal plan for the business and execute related documents.

Patent Law and Licensing Clinic
The U.Va. Licensing & Ventures Group hosts a patent and licensing clinic offered by the U.Va. School of Law. Each semester, approximately 15 enrolled law students spend six to eight hours per week at the Licensing & Ventures Group immersed in patent drafting and the negotiation and drafting of patent license agreements. Students are taught how to evaluate inventions and computer software for patentability and commercial value; counsel inventors regarding patentability; determine inventorship; and prepare, file and prosecute provisional U.S. and international patent applications. Approximately 150 students have benefited from the Patent and Licensing Clinic since its inception.