Deming Center for Entrepreneurship

Alumni Spotlight: Sana Packaging

May 25, 2018

Sana Packaging is a startup that designs and develops 100% plant-based hemp plastic packaging solutions for the cannabis industry. The founders, Ron Basak-Smith and James Eichner, are both Leeds MBA alumni. In fact, they started working on Sana Packaging in Jeff York’s Sustainable Venturing class and George Deriso’s Business Plan... Read more »
Deming Center for Entrepreneurship

Trend-Driven Business Tactics Workshop

May 21, 2018

As the summer kicks off, our MBA student-run consulting firm, Entrepreneurial Solutions , is offering a trend-driven business tactics workshop to help businesses find real-time solutions to pressing questions. They leveraged university resources to research valuable trend data from more than 300 sources. Here’s a sample trend and tactic they... Read more »
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... Read more »

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... Read more »
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... Read more »
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... Read more »
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... Read more »

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... Read more »
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... Read more »

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... Read more »