WSJ: Darden ‘Ahead of the Pack’ Recruiting Entrepreneurs to the MBA

By Jay Hodgkins

Pursuing an entrepreneurial path has been a popular option for Millennials, but The Wall Street Journal recently reported on what options those budding entrepreneurs have when their first ventures stall.

Increasingly, The Journal reports, young entrepreneurs are looking to earn an MBA, and the University of Virginia Darden School of Business was named one of the business schools leading the way by growing innovation centers and other support for student entrepreneurs. The Journal also called Darden “ahead of the pack” in its efforts to recruit entrepreneurs to the school.

“More of our students have started multiple businesses already by the time they arrive,” said Sara Neher, assistant dean of admissions at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. “For those that have failed, when they talk to us about why they’re applying, it’s often ‘I didn’t have the business skills to make it work.’”

Ahead of the pack, Darden admissions officers now host M.B.A. recruiting events at startup incubators in New York City, San Francisco and Washington. The school pitches perks like free tuition for a handful of seasoned founders.

Read the rest of the story on The Wall Street Journal (subscription required).

About the University of Virginia Darden School of Business

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business delivers the world’s best business education experience to prepare entrepreneurial, global and responsible leaders through its MBA, Ph.D., MSBA and Executive Education programs. Darden’s top-ranked faculty is renowned for teaching excellence and advances practical business knowledge through research. Darden was established in 1955 at the University of Virginia, a top public university founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819 in Charlottesville, Virginia.


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