CoVenture Forward WordmarkAfter three years of helping entrepreneurs and small businesses navigate the challenging times of COVID-19, the COventure Forward program has come to an end.

We are so grateful to all our mentors and entrepreneurs who made this program possible. Thanks to our mentors, we were able to provide assistance to nearly 200 entrepreneurs and small businesses throughout Colorado. What an impact!

Still looking to get engaged? Check out our information and resources below.

Notes from our Participants

Thank you!  I was feeling so distraught and things turned around with your email and help. I want to thank you infinitely. Because of you, I feel so touched, so lucky and blessed.  I received a reachout from 4 people/mentors!  ~Mentee Participant

Each mentor was very helpful in sharing their specific expertise and diverse view in regard to my questions. I’m really grateful for the network of support! ~Mentee Participant

For Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses

If you’re looking to network with other local small businesses & startups - Attend the Startup Variety Show or join the CU Innovation & Entrepreneurship at some of the signature events like Lab Venture Challenge and New Venture Challenge Championships.
If you are interested in attending workshops to help your business grow, attend a Demystifying Entrepreneurship Workshop to work directly with our faculty. Available throughout the state of Colorado.
If you would like student support for your business, check out the Startups2Students events and Buff Works platform. If you would like support from a CU expert, look for a mentor through one of our partners at Startup Colorado or Energize Colorado.
Not finding what you need? Email and we can help connect you to the right resources! Or, sign up for our newsletter to stay informed.

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For Mentors

If you want to continue to serve as a mentor - Check out the Innovation & Entrepreneurship “Want a mentor?” page or apply to be considered for a New Venture Challenge Mentor.
Want to get engaged in other entrepreneurial opportunities on campus? Email and we can discuss further! Or, sign up for our newsletter to stay informed.
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Learn About the COventure Forward Community Members

Shelley Russell standing infront of water

Shelley Russell: COventure Forward Entrepreneur

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Chelsea Hackett: COventure Forward Entrepreneur

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Sarah Lurie: COventure Forward Entrepreneur

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COventure Forward Entrepreneur: Keller Anne Ruble

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Scott - startup support faculty member

COventure Forward Mentor: Scott Gwozdz

In addition to being one of COventure Forwards program mentors, Scott Gwozdz is an instructor... Read more

Janet Eden-Harris: COventure Forward Mentor

Janet is one of our marketing experts. She is the Chief Revenue Officer of CampMinder... Read more