"Taking a more holistic view, it is the full entrepreneurial ecosystem that matters most."

When considering the secret sauce of a thriving startup community some might point to angel and venture capital
arguing that businesses can’t scale without money. Others focus on the need for a university to provide the talent that creates and runs new ventures. Still others suggest that the key is a favorable regulatory and tax environment for new business creation. And the list could go on. No one tool, institution, or policy can make or break a community.

Capital is critical but not more so than education or culture. It’s when the confluence of the components in the adjacent graphic is achieved that places like Silicon Valley or Route 128 flourish. While the key actors and levers for dynamic entrepreneurial communities are generally consistent, each has its own distinctive history and resources that will determine the best path to a self-sustaining ecosystem.

The i.Lab at UVA, located at the Darden School of Business and operated by its Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, is proud to be a hub for excellence in entrepreneurial education, a host of inspiring events and a point of connection for the entrepreneurs in our ecosystem.



Across the University of Virginia there are a variety of centers, courses, communities, spaces, and other resources to support innovators and entrepreneurs.

Goto entrepreneurship.virginia.edu to learn more about the entrepreneurship ecosystem at UVA.


Central Virginia SCORE
Central Virginia Small Business Development Center
The Center for Nonprofit Excellence
Charlottesville Business Innovation Council
Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce
Community Investment Collaborative
UVA Licensing and Ventures Group
Venture Forward (for UVA start ups)
Virginia Biotechnology Association
Virginia Business One Stop