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Hair with Flair: Stash-It Scrunchie

Jan. 3, 2020

Who needs a purse when you can put your necessities in a hair accessory? Enter the Stash-It Scrunchie, founded by Maddie Freeman, a pre-business freshman, in August 2019. In the words of Damien from Mean Girls, "...her hair is so big, it's full of secrets."

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Puppy Pal Prosthetics: Giving Dogs a Leg Up on Disability

Dec. 2, 2019

Mechanical engineering seniors Bruno Geoly (left) and Niki Duer (right) founded Puppy Pal Prosthetics (PPP) in July 2019 to help canines with disabilities live their life to the fullest.

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David Lopez: Pivoting from a Failed Venture

Nov. 19, 2019

David Lopez, a junior majoring in business with an emphasis on real estate, has learned to not be afraid of failure. While his original startup idea (Airnovate) never materialized, he chose to rebound from his mistakes and start Internalyze. David reflects on his entrepreneurial journey, from failing and founding to everything in between.

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Trio Care: Connecting college students with seniors for better care

Oct. 18, 2019

After her family struggled with coordinating the right care for her aging grandmother, Rachel Sharpe was inspired to build Trio Care Services, a software platform that enables in-home caregivers to manage care plans and communication between care teams and the adult children of seniors.

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Myra Makes: Cultivating childhood creativity

Sept. 30, 2019

Ted Thayer (EngrPhys '15) is no stranger to the CU Boulder startup world. As a student, he co-founded four companies – MyCoNet, Myra Makes,, and Earable – and participated in several entrepreneurial campus programs such as Startup Summer, New Venture Challenge, Catalyze CU and countless others. Ted reflects on his startup journey for Myra Makes – a company that creates fun, educational activity books for creative kids.

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Thrift/ed: A CU startup with style

Sept. 23, 2019

Marlee Durand and Julie Kinsella are two best friends and co-founders on a mission to encourage sustainable fashion at CU Boulder.

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Longmont native, CU Boulder student team up to develop Drivewayz app to rent unused parking spots

Aug. 12, 2019

Drivewayz placed second out of 35 teams in the IT Track finals, winning $2,500 at the New Venture Challenge at CU in March 2019.

shineon team with bike light prototype

CU Students Invent Device To Make Cyclists More Visible

Aug. 7, 2019

A group of three engineering students and one business student at the University of Colorado Boulder are using their specialized skills to improve bike safety. Alex Mulvaney, who graduated from CU in the spring, tells CBS4 he came up with the idea two years ago.

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ShineOn prepares for mass production of advanced bike light

Aug. 4, 2019

A year and a half after starting the company, CU Boulder startup ShineOn has grown to five employees and is preparing to launch its first product for cycling enthusiasts.

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New Venture Challenge alum Pana raises $10 million to scale for corporate travel market

May 17, 2019

Corporate travel has a been a market in need of some desperate transformation. Pana, a CU Boulder spinoff company, hopes to facilitate this change with a $10 million Series A round led by Silicon Valley VC firm Bessemer Venture Partners.