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Venture Capital Learning Series

The Venture Capital Learning Series features eight learning sessions for Darden students in the Residential MBA program that are interested in enhancing their foundational knowledge of the venture capital industry. Led by UVA LVG Seed Fund Managing Director Bob Creeden, and co-sponsored by the Batten Institute, the Richard A. Mayo Center for Asset Management and the Darden Career Center, the VC Learning Series includes readings, videos, and case discussions as well as conversations with guest speakers from top venture capital firms across the United States.

This series is available to all current Darden students and is highly recommended for First Year students planning to pursue internship opportunities in venture.

The 2021 VC Learning Series begins Friday, 10 September, 10:30 a.m. – Noon ET. The sessions will be held in person at the Darden Grounds in Charlottesville. Please direct any questions to

Residential MBA students can REGISTER HERE

Guest Speakers

10 September – John Taylor, President, Taylor-Fox International & Fmr. VP/Head of Research, National Venture Capital Association

17 September – Dayna Grayson, Co-Founder & General Partner, Construct Capital

24 September – Ian Ratcliffe (MBA ’94), Managing Partner, Sands Capital 

1 October – Founders Panel featuring:
Andrew Krouse, President & CEO, Slate Bio, Inc.
Meg Greenhalgh Pryde, Founder/CEO, Brandefy 
Jeff Tennery, COO, AlefEdge; Founder & CEO, Moonlighting (CareerGig)

22 October – TBA

5 November – Jonathan Ebinger, General Partner, BlueRun Ventures & Transform Capital

12 November – TBA

19 November –Venture Capital After Darden panel featuring: 
Amanda Gex, Associate, ABS Capital Partners
Neeraj Prathipati, Vice President, Great Hill Partners
Miranda Witzig, Associate, ABS Capital Partners