2021 CentreCourt MBA Alumni: Felix Artmann, University of Virginia (Darden)

Felix Artmann

MBA Program: University of Virginia, Darden School of Business

Class: 2019

Current Location: Munich, Bavaria, Germany

Current Company and Title: Entrepreneur at GiftsApp and Investor at Tiburon

Why did you choose to earn your MBA at this business school? Darden and Charlottesville offered the opposite of my undergrad studies in Munich: a great campus environment in a real university town, no lectures (case studies only), and an extremely familiar and supportive atmosphere.

Pretend you are an ambassador giving a tour at your business school. Name one place you would show a candidate and why was it so important to you? That’s a tough choice, but probably Saunders Hall where all students would gather after each day’s initial lecture to have their “first coffee”.

What was your favorite class and what lesson do you use from it in your role? I am able to apply the skills acquired in Critical & Creative Thinking in Business jointly taught by Edward Freeman and Bobby Parmar every day. However, the biggest lesson was that I am more creative than I thought I was.

What was your best memory during your MBA program? My first Friendsgiving (and UVA winning the 2019 Basketball Championship).

What is one thing about the MBA program that you wish you had known when you applied? I already had a business background and was a little afraid that the first year would turn out to be too repetitive. The case study method and opportunities to grow as a person at Darden proved me wrong.

What has been your biggest professional achievement? I am trying to only focus on the present to shape my future. Sounds cheesy, but helps when being an entrepreneur or investor.

What advice would you give to a prospective student to help them earn a spot in your business school? Be authentic.

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