Charles Hull and President Joe Biden

Alum’s invention of 3D printing recognized by President Biden

Oct. 31, 2023

Charles Hull—a CU Boulder alumnus who invented stereolithography, commonly known as 3D printing—was named among the 2023 recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation.

Ball Brothers Orbiting Solar Observatory with employees and rocket parts, 1961-64

How Ball Aerospace helped launch CU’s entrepreneurial engine

Oct. 3, 2023

CU Boulder and Ball Aerospace have been collaborating for decades to solve mysteries of the universe. That partnership was also the university’s first commercial spinoff, and it greased the gears of an entrepreneurial engine that continues to power innovation within the university and far beyond.

Competition winners hold giant checks.

Lab Venture Challenge: Join the info session July 25

July 10, 2023

Join an information session about the application, eligibility and competition requirements. If you are looking to apply this year or just want to see what the Lab Venture Challenge is all about, this opportunity is for you!

Startup Hub grand opening in 2018

In 2nd year, deep tech accelerator advances CU startups

June 1, 2023

As the deep tech startup scene rapidly grows, the Ascent Deep Tech Accelerator, created by Venture Partners at CU Boulder, helps founders move past sticking points to hit critical milestones in transitioning their technologies from lab to marketplace.

First place team CLD-9 poses for a photo

5 startups poised to make pitches a reality, thanks to annual New Venture Challenge

April 14, 2023

What if improving one’s athletic performance through supplements was simpler and more affordable? What if instead of producing emissions, airplanes could take carbon out of the air? And what if learning a new language was as fun as listening to music? New Venture Challenge judges awarded $100,000 to help see these innovations through.

Full Tilt Motion Labs entrepreneurs pose with their $5000 check at the 2022 New Venture Challenge championships at the Boulder Theater on April 12, 2022. Clockwise from bottom left: Jamie Voros, Christen Malloy, Robert Olson and Glenn Holzhauer. (Photo by Glenn Asakawa/University of Colorado)

New Venture Challenge finals set for April 12

March 30, 2023

CU Boulder’s top student and faculty startups will pitch their business ideas to a panel of esteemed judges and you, a live audience, at the 16th annual New Venture Challenge. Come support the next big innovation, and see which startups walk away with funding.

The peak of one of the Flatirons

New Buff Venture Fund makes landmark investments in CU Boulder startups

March 24, 2023

Five promising startups comprise the first cohort of companies to receive investments from the Buff Venture Fund. The fund is the newest opportunity for CU Boulder startups to access critical funding on the path to success.

Winning teams on stage

New Venture Challenge spotlight: Female founders and climate solutions

March 16, 2023

On two exciting nights of pitches and prizes, 10 startups brought a broad range of ideas to the stage, involving more sustainability in gardening, the downsides of social media, practical prosthetics for kids, sustainable water filters and hydroponic produce for all. Across the two events, eight teams took home a total of $20,000.

Researcher Jun Ye (University of Colorado Boulder)

New Embark program to pair entrepreneurs with CU Boulder technologies

March 13, 2023

The Embark Deep Tech Startup Creator is a new program created by Venture Partners at CU Boulder to match business minds outside the university with breakthrough inventions created within the walls of the university—and to provide those ventures funding.

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Venture Partners report highlights groundbreaking innovation pipeline

March 6, 2023

CU Boulder has developed a groundbreaking pipeline to translate research into real-world impact, as highlighted in the 2022 annual report of Venture Partners at CU Boulder, the university’s commercialization arm.