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1776 Announces Partnership with University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business

Washington, D.C., March 6, 2014 — 1776, a startup incubator platform in downtown Washington, D.C., announced that it will partner with the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia to provide students and alumni with educational opportunities from expert entrepreneurs and direct engagement with D.C.’s unique entrepreneurial ecosystem.

1776 will provide Darden students and alumni with access to the Campus at a student rate as well as collaborate with Darden on collective programming, including workshops, lunch-and-learn sessions and mentoring sessions.

Darden currently supports startups and growing businesses through educational programs, business incubation and the translation of innovative research into practice.

“It is important for students to have the skills they need to enter a constantly evolving job market where they may have 2, 3 or even 4 jobs in the first decade of their career,” said Donna Harris, co-founder of 1776. “Partnering with universities with a commitment to expanding beyond traditional teaching and fostering applied learning, like the Darden School of Business, helps 1776 to expand its platform of equipping citizens with the tools for innovation to students.”

“1776 helps us with our commitment to promoting the notion of an ‘entrepreneurial mindset,’” said Philippe L. Sommer, Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, which is part of the Batten Institute and Director of the iLab at UVA. “Darden fosters the concept that to grow a business or repurpose assets the expert entrepreneur can teach us a great deal about making small bets, failing fast and making the ‘affordable loss’ small in order to be able to iterate and constantly try new solutions.”


About 1776

1776 is a platform to reinvent America by connecting the hottest startups from around the world with the assets of the most powerful city on earth. In the heart of Washington, D.C., just a few blocks from the White House, 1776 is where startups tackling major national challenges in education, energy, health care, government, and other highly regulated industries can engage to build the future of our economy. For more information, visit or follow at @1776dc.



For more information, contact:

Lisa Throckmorten

1776/Speakerbox Communications