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The Financial Times has ranked the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business the No. 3 MBA program in the world for entrepreneurship.

The ranking recognizes the success of entrepreneurs from within the Darden community and the support that Darden and its global alumni network provide them. 

“Darden has built one of the leading entrepreneurial ecosystems in all of graduate business education,” Darden Dean Scott Beardsley said. “The combination of Darden’s Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the school’s outstanding faculty and committed alumni, and the impact of the University of Virginia – with its strongholds in business, law, engineering, medicine and life sciences – is a powerful one for fostering remarkable entrepreneurial leaders.” 

The Financial Times entrepreneurship rankings methodology considers each school’s entrepreneurial activity and successes and the level of support provided both by the school and its alumni. This is the publication’s second annual ranking; Darden was not ranked last year.

Darden received high marks for helping entrepreneurs start, finance and recruit talent to their ventures. Darden’s alumni also ranked near the top for helping entrepreneurs access a network that enabled them to advance their startups.

The Financial Times ranking follows the announcement earlier this year by the National Venture Capital Association naming Charlottesville the fastest-growing venture capital ecosystem in the nation, driven by investments secured by several Darden-supported ventures.

Read the story on UVA Today.