U.Va. 'Life Cycle of a Startup' Conference for Entrepreneurs, Young and Veteran

October 28, 2010 — A new University of Virginia conference, "The Life Cycle of a Startup," will bring together entrepreneurial students, staff and faculty from across Grounds Nov. 11-13, along with local and regional entrepreneurs, for concept competitions, networking opportunities and hands-on workshops led by faculty and alumni of U.Va.'s Darden School of Business.

The conference will cover all stages of creating a startup business, from idea generation to funding, launch and exits.

Darden professors Saras Sarasvathy, Ed Hess and Susan Chaplinksy will discuss, respectively, starting a business, smart growth and exits.

Darden alumnus Trip Davis, co-founder and chairman of TRX, a global leader in travel software and data services, will lead a discussion of funding.

Batten Fellow Charles "Chic" Thompson, author of "What a Great Idea!", will speak on "Where do ideas come from?"

Registration is required — by Nov. 5 to ensure a seat. Admission is complimentary for current U.Va. students, faculty and staff. All events will take place at Darden, primarily in Room 50 and the i.Lab. Further details and full schedule are on the Darden conference website.

The conference is put on by the Center For Entrepreneurial Leadership, part of Darden's Batten Institute, which focuses on entrepreneurship and innovation.

For information, contact Ashley Bickers, special projects manager at the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership,  434-924-7541 or bickersa@darden.virginia.edu.