Prize-winning teams on stage

NVC prize nights spotlight—and fund—female founders and climate solutions

March 14, 2023

On two exciting nights of pitches and prizes, ten startups brought a broad range of ideas to the stage, including how to live and garden more sustainably, how to deal with the downsides of social media, how to offer practical prosthetics for kids—and sustainable water filters and hydroponic produce for all. Across the two events, eight teams took home a total of $20,000 to develop their ideas further.

Stan Hickory

New Venture Challenge’s Hickory steps into Innovation & Entrepreneurship director role

Feb. 22, 2023

The Research & Innovation Office (RIO) has announced several leadership transitions within the campuswide Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative, with Stan Hickory stepping into the role of director of the initiative, a position held by Chris Gustavson since 2019.

Johnny Hergert and Camila Uzcategui on the CU Boulder campus

Key investment is the latest milestone for CU Boulder startup Vitro3D and founders Camila Uzcategui and Johnny Hergert

Nov. 2, 2022

Vitro3D, a CU Boulder startup pioneering volumetric 3D printing for life sciences, just closed its first investment round of $1.3 million. The hard-won vote of confidence from the investment community will allow the promising new venture to pursue ambitious technical advances while continuing to build critical business capacity.

VentureWell is seeking students with big ideas for the E-Team Program

VentureWell is seeking students with big ideas for the E-Team Program

Sept. 23, 2022

Would funding of up to $25K be helpful in moving your invention forward? Apply by October 15 for the E-Team Program Winter 2023 cohort! The program offers entrepreneurship training to teams aiming to change the world through the development of scalable solutions to social, health and environmental challenges.


Bulwark Coffee, an NVC 15 participant, describes first responders, veteran support in Daily Camera

May 13, 2022

The U.S. Marine Corps veteran and CU Boulder student has begun an online coffee company, with the profits going to benefit disaster relief, first responders, and U.S. veterans and troops overseas, including those providing relief and other assistance in Ukraine.


In person once more, startup competition brings capital to creativity

April 18, 2022

Five startup ventures, led by CU Boulder students and faculty, competed for more than $100,000 in prize money Tuesday evening at the 14th annual New Venture Challenge championship, CU Boulder's premier entrepreneurial program and competition.

NVC Cross Campus

Multidisciplinary teams compete for venture funding at cross-campus collaboration prize night

March 17, 2022

On Monday, March 14 , great minds met to create the next innovation for this year's cross-campus student ventures. Made up of team members from multiple CU Boulder colleges, multi-disciplinary success rang true at the New Venture Challenge (NVC) 15 Cross-Campus Collaboration Prize Night. During the final NVC special prize...


Funding awarded to top student female founders at women's prize night

March 9, 2022

The new age in entrepreneurial ventures is female-led. From mental health campaigns and apps to data-driven analytics for content creators, the next wave of female-driven innovation was on full display Wednesday night at the New Venture Challenge (NVC) 15 Female Founders Prize Night at Imig Music. Many attendees braved the...


Student teams present innovative solutions to fight climate change at NVC Climate Prize Night

March 9, 2022

Team Agraaze, first place winner and audience favorite, was awarded $10,000 for their carbon-reducing concept: To add a very small amount of red seaweed to cows’ diets, shown in a scientific study to cut their methane emissions by 82%.


NVC15 participant looks to align business and tech—and teeth, too

Feb. 18, 2022

Vitro3D aims to bring 3D printers to dentist's offices with near-instant dental aligners. The team is set to compete in NVC 15 and the Female Founder's Prize Night.