A number of Entrepreneurship Centers can be found across the various Schools at the University. Each of these Centers shares a common goal: to catalyze entrepreneurial efforts among students, alumni, faculty, and staff, both on and beyond Grounds. In alphabetical order, these Centers would be:
Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Darden School of Business. The Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology seeks to challenge every Darden student to fulfill their entrepreneurial potential through transformational learning experiences and groundbreaking research.
The Institute, founded in 1999 by a one-of-its-kind $60 million gift from Frank Batten Sr., is Darden’s innovation engine. It runs flagship venture programs for Darden and UVA including the i.Lab Incubator and UVA Entrepreneurship Cup, and supports professional pathways and networks in startups, VC, Entrepreneurship through Acquisition, social enterprise and technology. It also drives new ideas and initiatives around Effectual Thinking & Action, Sustainability, Design Thinking and AI.
Galant Center for Entrepreneurship
McIntire School of Commerce. The Galant Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship encourages, educates, and empowers students—past and present—to take on roles in the startup community that create positive impact and lasting value in the global marketplace.
Founded in 2008 with funding by Mark E. Galant (McIntire '80), the Galant Center develops and supports curriculum, pitch competitions, educational events, startup travel experiences, and student groups (e.g., Forge, Virginia Venture Fund, SEED Consulting) in an effort to catalyze entrepreneurial activity within the McIntire School, across Grounds, and beyond the University of Virginia.
Licensing and Ventures Group
The U.Va. Licensing & Ventures Group (LVG) partners with faculty, researchers, and investors to bring innovations discovered at UVA to the marketplace. The LVG Seed Fund supports new ventures emerging from the UVA research portfolio. Managed by the UVA Licensing & Ventures Group, the $10 million LVG Seed Fund is uniquely positioned to assess new ventures created from UVA research ideas and discoveries.
Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Virginia creates opportunities for students to learn about social entrepreneurship through experiential classes, workshops, speakers, hackathons, concept competitions, research positions, Global Field Experiences and internships.
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Inventor. The mission of the Entrepreneurship and Business programs in the School of Engineering and Applied Science is to enable every engineering student to have the opportunity to integrate entrepreneurial and business studies into their technical degree programs.