CU Boulder's campus-wide Innovation & Entrepreneurship initiative includes a vast ecosystem of resources for entrepreneurs and innovators, including: curricular opportunities; student groups; Centers and Institutes; networks and initiatives; offices, seminars, programs and series'; competitions; accelerators; innovation spaces; community assets and more.
The Innovation & Entrepreneurship initiative features a number of signature initiatives:
- New Venture Challenge
The New Venture Challenge (NVC) is CU Boulder’s cross-campus entrepreneurship championship. It is an entrepreneurial flight simulator, giving everyone in the CU Boulder community a chance to explore starting a business while learning about the process through events, workshops, and mentors.
- Business Minor
In 2013 the Leeds School of Business launched a 12-credit Business Minor so that all CU Boulder students could gain business fundamentals, increasing their immediate impact as new hires. The Business Minor, comprised of entrepreneurship courses available to all CU Boulder undergraduate students regardless of major, is now the largest minor on campus, attracting students from over 60 majors across the university.
- Entrepreneurship Seed Awards
Entrepreneurship Seed Awards provide support to faculty and staff members seeking funding for projects involving entrepreneurship or a problem-solving mindset.
- Catalyze CU
Catalyze CU is an 8 week, summer startup accelerator designed for CU Students and Faculty. Catalyze CU combines world class mentorship and equity free grantswith the University’s most promising ideas and technologies.
- Global Entrepreneurs In Residence
The Global Entrepreneurs in Residence (GEiR) Program brings international entrepreneurial talent to the CU Boulder campus and community. GEiRs work across the campus, mentoring students in a wide array of projects requiring an entrepreneurial mindset. GEiRs guest lecture in classrooms, advise on entrepreneurial research, and provide mentorship to CU community members developing their own startups.