As the CU Boulder New Venture Challenge enters its 13th year, we are proud to honor the past winners of the NVC. If you are a winner and would like to provide contact information here, or if you would like to request more information about past winners, please contact us at cunvc@colorado.edu.


2020 NVC 12 Winners

First Place: Darwin Biosciences - $30,000 + $25,000 investment offer 

Second Place: DocForge - $22,500 + $25,000 investment offer

Third Place: Mycobacteria Therapeutics -  $15,000

Fourth Place: EdBoard - $12,500 + $5,000 purchase order from Dan & Cindy Caruso

Fifth Place (Tie): Soulutions Tech - $10,000

Fifth Place (Tie): Frenz - $10,000

Congratulations to all NVC 12 Finalists and Prize Winners!

Women's Entrepreneurship Prize:

  • 1st Place: Simovations - $5,000
  • 2nd Place: Elevated Eats - $2,000
  • 3rd Place: EdBoard - $1,000

Social Impact Prize: 

  • 1st Place: TerraWear - $5,000
  • 2nd Place: Frenz - $2,000
  • 3rd Place: EmergenTek - $1,000

Sustainability Prize: FED - $2,500

Audience Choice Award: CathPort - $1,000


2019 NVC 11 Winners

First Place: Stride Tech - $100,000

Second Place: Button Huggie - $45,000

Third Place: TissueForm - $12,500

Fourth Place: Bright Wearables - $10,000

Fifth Place:  Nimb.ly - $7,500

Sixth Place: KartWheel - $5,000

Congratulations to all NVC 11 Track and Prize Winners!

IT Track: Nimb.ly

Hardware Track: Stride Tech

General Track: KartWheel

Creative Industries Track: Bright Wearables

R&D Track: TissueForm

Women's Entrepreneurship Prize: TissueForm

Social Impact Prize: Volta Irrigation

Audience Choice Award: Gaia Glam


2018 NVC 10 Winners

First Place: Specdrums - $75,000

Second Place: HASEL Artificial Muscles (now Artimus Robotics) - $25,000

Third Place: BeautiBook - $5,000

Fourth Place: Statehill - $3,000 

Fifth Place: Cannabis Marketing Association  - $2,000

Congratulations to all NVC 10 Track and Prize Winners!

IT Track: BeautiBook

General Track: Specdrums

Creative Industries Track: Cannabis Marketing Association  

R&D Track: HASEL Artificial Muscles (now Artimus Robotics)

Women's Entrepreneurship Prize: Norma

Social Impact Prize: Veganarke

Audience Choice Award: Norma


2017 NVC 9 Winners

First Place: Give & Go - $64,000

Second Place: ReForm - $21,500

Third Place: Gigsicians - $9,000 (includes $5,000 personal award from judge Jason Mendelson)

Fourth Place (tie): PerfectFit and The Bedtime Box - $1,000 each

Congratulations to all NVC 9 Track and Prize Winners!

IT Track: PerfectFit

General Track: The Bedtime Box

Performing Arts Track: Gigsicians

R&D Track: ReForm

Women's Entrepreneurship Prize: ReForm

Social Impact Prize: ReForm

Audience Choice Award: ReForm


2016 NVC 8 Winners

First Place: Hive Tech Solutions

Second Place: Grownetics

Third Place: The Space Research Company

Runners Up: Sing It Forward & Outloud!

Congratulations to all NVC 8 Track and Prize Winners!

I/T Track : Grownetics

R/D Track: The Space Research Company

General Track: Hive Tech Solutions

Social Impact Prize: The Space Research Company

Women’s Entrepreneurship Prize: Hive Tech Solutions

Newcomer of the Year Award: Off the Wall Language

Collapse the Campus Award: ReVision

Rising Star Award: Qualify


2015 NVC 7 Winners

First Place: Revolar 

Second Place: NuBru Coffee

Third Place: Blue Star Medical Devices

Runners Up: Antigua Brewing Co. & Tenor (now: Institute for Adaptive Mastery)

Congratulations to all NVC 7 Track and Prize Winners!

I/T Track: (1) Revolar, (2) Tenor (now: Institute for Adaptive Mastery), (3) 401K Fantasy, (4) The Shame Lady

R/D Track: (1) Blue Star Medical Devices, (2) NuBru Coffee, (3) The Space Research Co. 

Social Impact Award: (1) Revolar, (2) Antigua Brewing Co.


2014 NVC 6 Winners

First Place (tie): Malleable Medical Tech (Mallinda) and Varsity (now Pana) - $10,000 each

Third Place: NeuroPractice - $1,000

Runners Up: Wakeio and Agribotix

Congratulations to all NVC 6 Track and Prize Winners!

Mobile App Track: (1) Wakeio, (2) Cue, (3) Riffle

General Track Champion: Malleable Medical Technologies (Mallinda)

IT Track Champion: Varsity (now: Pana)

Cleantech Track Winner: Agribotix


2013 NVC 5 Winners

First Place (tie): Boom Algae (formerly, Superior EcoTech) and TeacherMaps 

Congratulations to all NVC 5 Track and Prize Winners!

Social Impact Champion: Second Family

Wild Card: TuTaxi

Music Track Champion: Piano Plus

General Business Champion: SnowGate

Cleantech Champion: Boom Algae (formerly, Superior EcoTech)

IT Champion: TeacherMaps


2012 NVC 4 Winners

First Place: rideorama.com – $4,000

Second Place:  Urban Farm Company – $2,000

Third Place: Rebound Technology – $2,000

Congratulations to all NVC 4 Track and Prize Winners!

Audience Choice Prize: rideorama

Cleantech Champions: Thrive Energy

Social Impact Champions: Urban Farm Company

Music Champions: Ensemble Pearl

General Champions: Mobius Creations

IT Champions: rideorama.com


2011 NVC 3 Winners

First Place: Green Truck – $7,000

Second Place: CleanPlate – $3,000

Third Place: L’Esperance – $2,000


2010 NVC 2 Winners

First Place: Streat Chefs – $6,000 

Second Place: Jobsite Visitor.com – $3,000

Third Place: Dymotion – $2,000  

Congratulations to all NVC 2 Track and Prize Winners!

Judges Choice Prize: Rwanda Rocket Stoves – $250      

College of Music Prize: Boulder Brass Band  – $3,500     


2009 NVC 1 Winners

First Place: Knova Learning

Second Place: 3QMatrix

Third Place: Fetcht

Congratulations to all NVC 1 Track and Prize Winners!

Computer Science Award: TechoShark, Inc.

Honorable Mention CS Award: Ap.igy

Most Innovative: Conifer Quantum Technology