This two-year MBA fellowship program integrates academic excellence and unique industry experience to prepare MBA graduates to contribute meaningfully to high-growth ventures or launch their own. Click here to meet our Class of 2020.

What is a High-Growth Venture?

A company ambitiously going after double-digit growth rather than maintaining the status quo. High-growth ventures aim to create a scalable business model in order to significantly impact the market.

Why High-Growth Ventures?

High-growth ventures are key drivers in economic development across the world, and the competencies and skills necessary to guide ventures from startup through scale-up are highly valuable. Facing a future shaped by the ongoing disruption of technology and innovation, the Leeds School of Business and the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship are leading high-growth venture education.

“The best part is spending time with like-minded students who are excited about working with growing companies.” — Sandy MacDonnell, Class of 2019

Fellows Gain

How do you launch, build and innovate within a high-growth company? Learn what drives founders, builders, and industry leaders throughout the Boulder region.

We teach students the competencies, traits and experiences high-growth companies need and expect from their employees.

Fellows build strong relationships within the program and its mentor and alumni networks, while connecting with leaders in the Boulder / Denver startup and scaleup communities.

This program blends your professional and academic experiences with the skills local startups need to make an impact, making our fellows desirable new hires.

Key Program Elements

MBA Year 1

  • Curricular focus on entrepreneurship and communications
  • Co-curricular program engagement
  • Fall retreat and skills workshops
  • Engage with program peer mentors


  • Internship with a high-growth company
  • Monthly check-in and program update calls
  • Continued peer mentoring

MBA Year 2

  • Minimum of three entrepreneurship and innovation courses
  • Continue co-curricular program participation
  • Skills workshops
  • Continued peer mentoring


  • Ongoing peer mentoring for minimum of one year

How To Apply

We are still accepting applications for the Class of 2021. Applications are due August 16 and interviews will take place the week of August 19th.

The application requires applicants to submit a single PDF that includes:

  1. Current CV / resume
  2. 1-2 cover letter outlining your entrepreneurship interests and goals, career objectives, and what you'd expect to both contribute and gain from the fellowship
  3. Optional supporting materials (letters of support, certifications, etc.)

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High Growth Venture Workshop

“Billy exceeded our expectations and made a significant impact in moving our venture forward. Plus, he was a joy to work with.” Raj Bhargava, CEO @ JumpCloud