Silicon Valley "Super-Connector" To Keynote At Darden's 2012 Entrepreneurship Conference, "Pathways to Entrepreneurship"

- Ellen Levy, Former VP of Strategic Initiatives and Advisory Board Member at LinkedIn's Founding, to Deliver Keynote Address -

- High-Impact Conference Explores the Many Paths to Entrepreneurship, from Young to Serial Entrepreneurs, to Those Who Come to Entrepreneurship Later in Life or in Established Companies -

Oct 22, 2012, 14:45 ET from Batten Institute

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Oct. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Batten Institute at the Darden School of Business today announced further details for its annual entrepreneurship conference, "Pathways to Entrepreneurship," to be held on 8 and 9 November at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business. The two-day conference kicks-off with Darden's annual concept competition, a high-energy event that spotlights innovative, early-stage business concepts.

This year's conference theme, developed by Darden students, explores the many and often untraditional paths to entrepreneurship.  Keynote speaker Ellen Levy, named a "Super Connector" by Fast Company, was an advisory board member at LinkedIn's founding and most recently completed a term as LinkedIn's vice president for strategic initiatives. Levy will be sharing her non-traditional path working at and advising some of Silicon Valley's most successful companies.

The conference will also address the application of design-thinking strategies for entrepreneurs within large organizations, the latest developments in the rapidly-moving crowd funding space, frontiers in venture capital, hands-on workshops led by Darden faculty, and much more.  In addition, participants will have numerous opportunities for informal conversation and fellowship on and off the Darden Grounds.

For ongoing conference updates, follow the Darden and Batten Institute entrepreneurship feeds on Twitter @dardenEship and @BattenInstitute, #DardenEConf.


All Who Are Interested in Entrepreneurship and Innovation


2012 Darden Entrepreneurship Conference

Thursday, 8 November, starting at 4:00 p.m.

- Concept Competition

- Reception

- Dinner and Competition Awards

Friday, 9 November, starting at 8:00 a.m.

Morning Plenary Sessions

- Design Thinking for the "Intra-preneur" – How to Innovate within a Corporation

- Keynote address: Ellen Levy, Silicon Valley Super Connector

- Crowdfunding Panel

Afternoon Sessions


- How to Launch a Crowdfunding Campaign

- Assumption Testing, How to De-risk Your Business Idea


- Commercializing University Research

- Starting a Small Business, Buying a Business or Franchise

- Frontiers in Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital

- Making the Leap

Venture Fair

- Darden will be hosting a venture fair for students, alumni and community members interested in presenting their new venture or product prototype. The Venture Fair will be held on Friday, 9 November, at 4:30 p.m. Please apply in advance to represent your venture (you must register separately for the conference).


Thursday, 8 November - Friday, 9 November, 2012


The Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, 100 Darden Boulevard

Charlottesville, VA 22903

Admittance is free for current Darden and U.Va.students, faculty and staff, as well as students from other universities. Registration is required.  The fee for all other attendees is $50, which includes meals and refreshments. After 24 October, late registration is $100. Free parking is provided for all attendees. Contact Molly McFarland,, for more information.

About the Batten Institute
The Batten Institute at the Darden School of Business creates value and transforms society through entrepreneurship and innovation. The Institute's academic research center advances knowledge that addresses real-world challenges and shapes Darden's curriculum, and the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership offers one of the world's top entrepreneurship programs. The Batten Institute was established with gifts now totaling over $100 million from UVA alumnus Frank Batten, Sr., a media pioneer, visionary and founder of The Weather Channel.

About the Darden School of Business
The University of Virginia Darden School of Business is one of the world's leading business schools, offering MBA, Ph.D. and Executive Education programs. The unique Darden experience combines the case study method, the highest-ranked faculty whose research advances global managerial practice and business education, and a tight-knit learning environment to develop principled and complete leaders who are ready to make an impact. For questions or information, contact

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