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