nvc awardSince its inception in 2009, the New Venture Challenge (NVC) program and competition—run out of Innovation and Entrepreneurship—has been known as CU Boulder’s entrepreneurial “flight simulator.” NVC gives aspiring entrepreneurs the 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 15 & Beyond
  • Lift our funding prize pool for the NVC Championships to $500,000
  • 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 Championships

Learn How to Compete in NVC View Past NVC Winners