Deming Center for Entrepreneurship

Empowering Entrepreneurs to Drive Growth in Rural Colorado

May 15, 2018

Leeds School of Business faculty are elevating the conversation around entrepreneurship and innovation while spurring economic development throughout rural Colorado. “Our workshops target areas that traditionally have fewer programs in place to support the education of current and potential community business owners,” says Erick Mueller, Executive Director of the Deming...


Achievements in Entrepreneurial Research

May 2, 2018

The Leeds tradition of producing impactful, high-quality entrepreneurship research is alive and well thanks to PhD alumni like Dr. Michael Conger and Dr. Siddharth Vedula. Our entrepreneurial research faculty and alumni are consistently producing nationally-recognized research assessing the impact of entrepreneurship and startups. Leeds PhD alum (2014) Dr. Michael Conger...

New Venture Challenge

Congratulations to Specdrums, NVC 10 Winners

April 11, 2018

The finals of our New Venture Challenge , our cross-campus venture plan competition, were hosted last week. Every year, this is a celebration of amazing work from our students, faculty and staff from all across campus in creating new ventures. This year's winner, Specdrums , is a model of capitalizing...

Jane Miller

Meet Jane Miller: Founder of

April 9, 2018

After 30+ years of corporate experience in executive positions at companies like Frito Lay, Heinz, Hostess and Rudi's Organic Bakery, Jane Miller authored Sleep Your Way to the Top ( and other myths about business success ) in 2014 to help others learn from her experiences and her mistakes. Today...

Student Athlete

Deming Student Wins Student-Athlete of the Year Award

April 4, 2018

I learned something yesterday—our student-athletes are talented entrepreneurs! I had the honor of presenting one my students, Petter Reisted, with the Student-Athlete of the Year Award, earning the highest GPA amongst all of CU's athletes. From working with Petter, I certainly was aware of his entrepreneurial spirit, but as I...


Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Cuba

March 28, 2018

Some of you may recall the 10x10kCuba program – a startup competition propelling entrepreneurship & innovation throughout Cuba. I partnered with this program last year when four of the winners were in Boulder working with Techstars and Boomtown , nationally recognized accelerators. I was teaching our Global Perspectives course for...

Marco Vienna

Meet Marco Vienna: Co-Founder of SmartCapital

March 26, 2018

Marco Vienna believes entrepreneurship is the driving force behind "solving the world's largest problems." As a co-founder of SmartCapital , Marco and his team solved an important one: allowing anyone to invest in venture capital funds. In the past, venture capital investing was reserved for the 0.1%, the ultra-rich. SmartCapital...


ScratchWorks FinTech Accelerator

March 21, 2018

Welcome to ScratchWorks : a new FinTech Accelerator that launched last week at the Barron's Summit in Orlando. The goal of this accelerator program is to place a spotlight on innovative tech companies that are transforming the financial services industry. Scratchworks provides a stage for these companies to present to...

Student Startups Compete for $100,000 in DOE-Sponsored CU Cleantech Challenge

June 19, 2013

Regional student commercialization projects, ranging from a cooling system for data centers to a rooftop system that captures carbon dioxide -- a brewery byproduct -- and converts it to an algae-based nutraceutical, will be recognized at the CU Cleantech New Venture Challenge this week. The event, which is free and...

MBA students showcase business plans in competition

Jan. 15, 2013

Four teams of MBA students from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder will present business plans in a contest for cash prizes on Jan. 16. As the culmination of the Business Plan Preparation course, the competition challenges students to generate an innovative concept for a...