Published: Oct. 19, 2021 By

Lab Venture Challenge (LVC)—which will take place virtually November 3-4, 2021—funds the university's top innovations that address a commercial need, have a clear path to a compelling market, and enjoy strong scientific support.

LVC 2021 sponsors

The LVC competition is open to the public and funded by Venture Partners at CU Boulder and the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (through its Advanced Industry Program). In the last three years alone, more than 86 commercially-promising projects at CU Boulder have received funding through LVC. Through this funding, 39 new startup companies have been launched, and collectively they have raised over $90 million to date in follow-on financing. LVC demonstrates a powerful way to advance innovative research and translate it into impactful business ventures. 

This year’s Lab Venture Challenge will be hosted over two days, with Biosciences pitches taking place on Wednesday, November 3 and Physical Sciences & Engineering pitches on Thursday, November 4.

This showcase is the can't-miss opportunity to see CU Boulder's next wave of breakthrough innovations. 

Featured researchers and technologies:

Day 1: Biosciences

Wednesday, November 3, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

  • Nick Bottenus: New method for improving the quality and speed of ultrasound imaging
  • Camila Uzcategui: Biomimetic 3D printed lung cancer organoids for drug discovery
  • Alexandra Whiteley: Novel therapeutic for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Corey NeuNatruGel—3D Printing of tissue matrix for drug screening and discovery
  • Simon KalmusSeedling Biosystems—Sprouting therapies from American farms
  • Sean Shaheen: Organic nanoparticles for enhanced bioimaging

Register for LVC Day 1

Day 2: Physical Sciences and Engineering

Thursday, November 4, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

  • Liang HeBleuth—Battery-enabled anti-theft vehicle immobilizer
  • Marin Iliev​: CANDi enabled ultrahigh speed and precision microscopy
  • Dan Dessau: Low vibration cryogenic platform for quantum applications
  • Kailey Shara: A versatile robotic system for automating organic chemistry operations in the laboratory
  • Cory Pecinovsky: Fast photonic switching with fluid ferroelectrics
  • Andrew Goodwin: New biomass pretreatments to replace toxic petroleum additives in coatings and adhesives

Register for LVC Day 2

Lab Venture Challenge is free and open to CU Boulder students, faculty, staff, alumni, business/industry partners and investors. You may attend one or both days.

Learn more about Venture Partners at CU Boulder and Lab Venture Challenge.


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