Catalyze CU is a summer-long startup accelerator designed for CU students, faculty, and staff. Catalyze combines world class mentorship, funding, and dedicated co-working space to help the most promising ventures from across campus reach escape velocity - without taking any equity.
We level up the founding team startup skill set, helping you go from idea to impact, and prototype to production. Catalyze alums have a strong track record of being accepted to top tier accelerators like Techstars, raising funding, winning grants and launching successful Kickstarters.
We're excited to celebrate our 7th year this summer, and welcome a new cohort of game changing founders into the Catalyze community!
Catalyze CU relies on the support of the community to operate, preparing university startups to thrive once they leave the university. We welcome you to join our strong network of mentors, sponsors, and friends.
inFormµ (2016) was created by the intrepid, hard-working duo of Lang Mei (Leeds, 2017) and Rishabh Berlia (CEAS, 2017). The two international students, from China and India, respectively, joined forces to add Prerna Nayyer (CEAS, 2017), an international student also from India. This team worked tirelessly to address the issue of lost items; those valuables that are accidentally left behind. The Mu tag, their product, connects to a users phone or smart watch and sends a notification when the user is further than a given distance their valuable item. inFormµ staged a successful Kickstarter campaign in spring of 2017 and raised their seed round in December the same year.
Stateless (2016) was founded by the Electrical and Computer Engineering research team of PhD student Murad Kablan and Assistant Professor Eric Keller. Their revolutionary technology makes even the most sophisticated networks simple to manage. After completing Catalyze CU, they were accepted into Techstars Boulder in Spring 2017. They were awarded an NSF SBIR grant in Summer 2017 and by winter of that same year, they had completed their first round of seed funding at $1.4 million. In February of 2019, Stateless announced a Series A financing round of $11.33 Million, the most by any Catalyze CU alum to date
Specdrums (2017) was founded in 2015 by Steven Dourmashkin to address his own problem as a lifelong drummer - he wished he could bring his drum set with him everywhere. The result is Specdrums, a wearable ring that allows the user to tap colors to trigger sounds. After assembling Jenna and Jack as cofounders and participating in Catalyze CU, the Specdrums team launched a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, bringing in almost $190k in the Fall of 2017. The team competed in, and won, the CU Boulder New Venture Challenge in 2018, and shortly afterwards was acquired by consumer robotics powerhouse Sphero, marking the 2nd acquisition of a Catalyze CU alum startup