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Ladder Up: How EmergenTek is automating firefighting inefficiencies

Feb. 24, 2020

Gary Marshall, a master's student in mechanical engineering and engineering management, is on a mission to give back to those who protect us—firefighters. He founded EmergenTek in 2018 as a mechanical engineering undergrad, where he and his team developed a retrofittable system that automates fire truck ladder operations, reducing human error and increasing the chance to save more lives. Its handheld target acquisition device (called "The Fifth Man") captures the desired orientation, and a system of actuators move the joysticks that operate the ladder.

Two best friends and CU students, Molly and Clayton, took Frenz out with them for a user trial on Halloween.

Student Spotlight: Zayna Pieper - More Than Just a Phone Accessory

Feb. 12, 2020

Pieper's company, Frenz, helps prevent involuntary drugging through a phone accessory that allows you to test your drinks for common date-rape drugs.

PartyFavor app cofounders Nolan McIntosh and Max Young

CU Boulder student-designed app PartyFavor aims to prevent sexual assault

Feb. 10, 2020

Nolan McIntosh and Max Young, were motivated by the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings to create an app designed to prevent sexual assault.


Hublete: Making Fit Legit

Feb. 10, 2020

How do you know where to go and which services are right for your needs? To solve this problem, Lochlainn Renfrow, a senior in Information Management, developed Hublete in June 2018, an app for finding accredited fitness & recovery services near you.

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Alumni Spotlight: Kelsey Kinzer – Sustainable Glitter Gel

Jan. 30, 2020

CU alumna and Founder of Gaia Glam, Kelsey described herself as an accidental entrepreneur. She never imagined starting a business in graduate school, but all that changed when she stumbled upon an idea.

juan duque

iListo: Bringing a marketplace for local services to Colombia

Jan. 27, 2020

Hailing from Colombia, Juan Duque has always had a passion for starting his own business. Moving 3,122 miles away from his home country to study business, Juan found a home within CU Boulder's entrepreneurial community.

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Student Spotlight: Daniel Strangfeld - The Collapsible Keg

Jan. 22, 2020

Daniel recently pitched to the Get Seed Funding team here on campus and used this awesome opportunity to see how he can create value and capture an investment for his latest venture, Kegstand.

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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.