Published: Sept. 21, 2023 By

New Venture Launch WordmarkEveryone’s entrepreneurial journey starts somewhere. Whether you saw a problem and innovated a solution you transformed into a business or you improved upon an already existing idea or business, everyone can be entrepreneurial! Here at the Leeds School of Business, we know that the best businesses come through hands-on experiences. That’s why there’s MBAX 6180 New Venture Launch (NVL).

Led by the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship’s Faculty Director Brad Werner, NVL teaches you how to translate existing products, services and opportunities into real, functioning ventures! Learn from outside experts and speakers who have personal experience as founders or work directly with entrepreneurs and/or investors. With their help and expertise, you will develop the skills to undertake typical business functions with minimal resources and develop the know-how in business legalese, money raising, web presence, selling, innovation, marketing, cash management and operations management.Christina Spruiell pitching Adapted Skin Care

Christina Spruiell of Adapted Skin Care had this to say about taking NVL:

“New Venture Launch was the most valuable experience in my MBA program at CU [Boulder]. It provided a completely new perspective on my future, career and approach to business. The lessons and skills gained have been life changing!”

NVL has been in high demand since its launch in Spring 2019. In addition to the skills and expert advice, the class continues to draw crowds as it enhances collaboration, innovation and entrepreneurship among aspiring business owners with powerful ideas and unique expertise. This MBA level course is open to all CU Boulder students regardless of college or degree level and provides students the opportunity to win up to $25,000 in non-equity funding throughout the semester. NVL students also have the best chance to win up to $500,000 in the New Venture Challenge as two of the 2023 finalists took NVL.Faculty Director Brad Werner


NVL is an application-based course. Do you have an idea or are interested in supporting a startup with your skills? Apply now!

“The best ventures come from teams with students from multiple disciplines. Don’t have a team? Apply anyway! NVL is looking for entrepreneurial-minded students ready to test their skills and make an impact. If you have an idea, dedication, and grit, we’ll get you on the right team.” said Professor Werner.

Applicants can apply as part of a team or individually. If you already have a team, every member must apply separately, and be sure to include the names of your team members on your application. Applications for individuals and teams are due by October 16, 2023.

Still not sure if NVL is for you? Check out what Founder and CEO of LingDisco and New Venture Challenge finalist Evan Baltman has to say about the course:

"Getting into New Venture Launch was the perfect experience for me because it took my ambition to become an entrepreneur and passion for my idea andEvan Baltman pitching LingDisco on stage gave it the resources and guidance to get to the next level. Pitching my venture went from a disorganized jumble of ideas to a coherent story that I took with me all the way to the New Venture Challenge finals. I often scratch my head about how much longer it would have taken me to reach where I am now without Brad and Betsy's excellent course."


Have Expertise?

NVL depends on the expertise of our entrepreneurial community. Want to help? Sign up here or contact the Deming Center’s Program Manager Betsy Klein at

This course is made possible thanks to a generous gift from the Intuitive Foundation.


New Venture Launch wordmark next to two women with lettering reading "NOW Accepting Applications! Apply by Monday, October 16, 2023. Accelerate your business venture in MBAX 6180!"

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