Darden, through the Batten Institute and the i.Lab at UVA, has been a key supporter of the Tom Tom Founders Festival since 2013.
In 2017, Darden expanded its support by co-sponsoring the new Hometown Summit, a three-day component of the festival.
The first Hometown Summit, “America’s biggest conference for small cities,” gathered more than 500 civic leaders from across the United States to explore best practices for encouraging entrepreneurial development. More than 150 speakers from 40 states participated. The summit is an extension of Cities Innovating Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystems (CIT.ee).Learn more
The i.Lab co-sponsored the Founders Summit to bring together an inspiring group of successful entrepreneurs to share their journeys.Learn more
Crowdfunded Pitch Night
The i.Lab sponsored the popular annual competition, where 10 local entrepreneurs take three minutes to pitch their venture idea to the crowd to win cash and other prizes.Learn more