Compete in New Venture Challenge 9

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HiveTech winning team with giant checkCU Boulder's New Venture Challenge (NVC) is searching for the next big thing. Have an idea? We’ll give you the chance to develop it. Want to join a startup team? We’ll introduce you to others. Want to get to know the entrepreneurial community? The NVC will make the introduction.

In its ninth year, the NVC is an interdisciplinary competition presented by entities across the CU Boulder campus. The goal is to provide an experiential adventure in entrepreneurship for CU students and members of the Boulder community.

Monetary prizes are available to the challenge winners. Each participant will learn how to “think like an entrepreneur.” The opportunity to attend workshops, discuss the application of ideas, and receive feedback from local experts in represented fields offers an unprecedented incentive to “put your idea to the test.”

Who is it for?

  • Anyone with a CU Boulder ID (All CU Students, Faculty & Staff): Undergraduate, Graduate, Business, Law, Engineering, Art & Sciences, Music, Architecture and Planning, Education, Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Members of the non-CU community may join teams, as long as at least one member of the team has a CU ID AND a significant role in the business case creation. See the FAQs or contact Dave Camerucci with questions.

How do I get involved?

The NVC is open to teams with at least one primary member who is a CU Boulder student, faculty, or staff member. 

Register for NVC9

How do I find teammates and mentors?

  • Register to participate in the NVC and we will connect you with a mentor.
    • Check out the list of our mentors here to see if there are any in particular you would like to connect with.
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  • Reach out to David Camerucci ( Be specific about your problem and the type of teammate and/or mentor you are looking for.

What track is right for me?

  • Each different track provides mentors and workshops specific to each industry.
  • Compete in one track, but attend events in other tracks if you are interested.
  • Read more about the different tracks here.

How to become a mentor for the NVC?

Members of the business and alumni community can support CU’s entrepreneurial ecosystem by serving as a mentor or judge for the NVC. They are the secret sauce that makes this competition so special.

Mentors provide valuable feedback, advice, and personal insight to teams as they go through the NVC. Each mentor is matched to a team for the duration of the NVC based on need and fit.

The mentor and the mentee team structure the relationship. The baseline ask is that mentors have two meetings with their team (typically 1-2 hours per session) between November and March.

If you are interested in acting as a mentor, or judging the NVC competitions, please contact Dave Camerucci.

Sponsor the NVC

The NVC is successful, in large part, because of the generous gifts from supporters. We are currently looking for sponsors for the NVC9.

Individuals and companies in the entrepreneurial business community can partner with the NVC consortium to support the New Venture Challenge.

If you are interested in supporting entrepreneurship at CU Boulder, please contact Dave Camerucci.

More Questions?

You can learn more at our FAQsEvents, and Tracks pages. 

If you have questions or are interested in sponsoring or volunteering for NVC, please contact: Dave Camerucci, Director NVC9.