Darden Progressive Incubator

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The Darden Progressive Incubator is a program designed to support promising early-stage business ventures involving Darden MBA students. The Incubator is located on the campus of the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Mission[edit]

The Darden Progressive Incubator has two primary objectives:[1]

  1. Foster the formation and development of start-up businesses to the point of pursuing and obtaining appropriate third-party investment support, and
  2. Educate participants about the process of new venture development to improve their potential for future success.

Participation[edit]

The Darden Incubator is open to anyone within the University of Virginia community with an entrepreneurial business idea; entry is via business concept and business plan competitions held annually at Darden. Once in the Incubator, each business is led by Darden students—whether as principals or as development managers—through a series of increasingly demanding criteria (called "gates") to the point of start-up or abandonment. Each gate is made operational with the help of an outside panel of experts in new venture development.[2]

Current Members of the Incubator[edit]

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