Top 20Since its inception in 2009, the New Venture Challenge (NVC) program and competitions—run out of the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative—have been known as CU Boulder’s entrepreneurial “flight simulator.” NVC gives aspiring entrepreneurs a chance to build a startup through entrepreneurial events and programming, community support, mentorship and—ultimately—funding.

Participants represent majors and departments from across the university. From undergraduates to graduates, PhD candidates to postdocs, and faculty to staff, everyone is invited to pitch their idea.

With a world-class community of entrepreneurs, startups and established businesses in our backyard, Boulder is one of the best places to launch ideas because it resides at the intersection of a top research university, an internationally recognized startup community and one of the nation’s best cities in which to live.

Key Initiatives for NVC
  • Lift our funding prize pool for the NVC Finals to $500K
  • Create a world-class mentorship program
  • Focus on collapsing the campus and getting all students involved
  • Creating a stronger pipeline of support for teams after the NVC Finals