Campus Innovations

CU-Boulder is one of Colorado’s primary economic engines. We directly impact the state’s new business development, federal research dollars, and overall financial outlook. We take great pride in our ability to train a significant portion of Colorado’s highly skilled workforce.

  • CU-Boulder generated over $60 million in intellectual property revenues through our technology transfer operation between 2003 and 2009–with strong pipelines in biosciences, aerospace, renewable energy, and nanotechnology.
     
  • CU-Boulder has a long history of successful collaboration with federal laboratories and agencies—like NASA, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), and others—resulting in a research enterprise with sponsored research funding totaling more than $454 million in 2010.
     
  • CU-Boulder has helped make Colorado’s Front Range one of the nation’s most successful regions for new business development through the Leeds School of BusinessDeming Center for Entrepreneurship and a strong technology transfer pipeline for business start-ups and venture capital investments.
     
  • In the past five years, 27 new companies—from biotechnology to renewable energy—have been formed based on CU technologies.

Outreach Programs

Nearly 13,500 CU-Boulder students participate in some form of community service.

  • In total, CU-Boulder professors and students touch 335,000 Coloradans in 37 counties with outreach programs ranging from K–12 education, to water quality studies, to on-campus mental health and legal assistance programs.
  • CU-Boulder was featured in the 2009 book The Guide to Service Learning Colleges and Universities for its significant track record integrating community service with academic study to enrich learning, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.
  • The Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities is supporting the Crow Nations in Montana to develop a sustainable housing industry.
  • The Contemporary Dance Works is a graduate dance company that brings innovative dance performances and classes to areas of the state that have minimal exposure to dance.
  • The Colorado Math Circle, Dance Outreach Initiatives, and Saturday Physics Series are examples of the 24 faculty-directed outreach projects funded by the CU-Boulder Outreach Committee.
  • The Opera Theatre Singers is the student outreach group of the CU-Boulder Opera program.
  • The Attention, Behavior, and Learning Clinic in the Department of Psychology provides comprehensive evaluations for children and adolescents in Boulder and surrounding communities.
  • Engineers Without Borders-USA, created in 2001 by CU-Boulder civil engineering professor Bernard Amadei, has become a global engineering movement. EWB-USA partners with villages in developing countries to improve their quality of life through environmentally and economically sustainable engineering projects.

Economic Impact

CU-Boulder is one of Colorado’s primary economic engines.We directly impact the state’s new business development, federal research dollars, and overall financial outlook. We take great pride in our ability to train a significant portion of Colorado’s highly skilled workforce.

  • CU-Boulder generated over $60 million in intellectual property revenues through our technology transfer operation between 2003 and 2009–with strong pipelines in biosciences, aerospace, renewable energy, and nanotechnology.
     
  • CU-Boulder has a long history of successful collaboration with federal laboratories and agencies—like NASA, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), and others—resulting in a research enterprise with sponsored research funding totaling more than $454 million in 2010.
     
  • CU-Boulder has helped make Colorado’s Front Range one of the nation’s most successful regions for new business development through the Leeds School of Business Deming Center for Entrepreneurship and a strong technology transfer pipeline for business start-ups and venture capital investments.
     
  • In the past five years, 27 new companies—from biotechnology to renewable energy—have been formed based on CU technologies.