Explore the latest news about Venture Partners at CU Boulder and keep up to date on the impact CU's startups and technologies are making.


Wanted: entrepreneurs ready to launch startups based on CU Boulder innovations

May 14, 2024

Now in its second year, the Embark Deep Tech Startup Creator , offered by Venture Partners at CU Boulder, matches business minds outside the university with breakthrough inventions created within its walls and provides funding for those ventures. The application for entrepreneurs is now open for the 2024 cohort. 2024...

OnKure Therapeutics

OnKure, a CU Boulder spinout, hitches Reneo's ride to Nasdaq in merger, with $65M PIPE to boot

May 13, 2024

Fierce Biotech—OnKure Therapeutics, a CU Boulder spinout, has merged with Reneo Pharmaceuticals, jumping onto Wall Street with $120 million and a lead breast cancer treatment challenging the likes of Eli Lilly, Relay and Scorpion. The merged biotech will retain OnKure's name and is set to trade under the ticker “OKUR.”

Think Bioscience

Think Bioscience, a CU Boulder spinout, raises $26M to find ‘pockets’ for drug therapies

May 9, 2024

BizWest—Think Bioscience, a CU Boulder spinout, has raised a $26 million seed round—including a recently completed $6 million expansion of the initial fundraise—to develop small-molecule therapeutics that target “undruggable” proteins.

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Life-sciences leaders: Pfizer’s exit means opportunity

May 1, 2024

BizWest—Leaders of Boulder's and the university's life-sciences community who gathered at the BioFrontiers Institute at CU Boulder for a BizWest CEO Roundtable said they saw Pfizer’s recent departure as a lucrative opportunity.

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The big quantum chill: NIST scientists modify common lab refrigerator to cool faster with less energy

April 23, 2024

NIST—Scientists have dramatically reduced the time and energy required to chill materials to temperatures near absolute zero. Their prototype refrigerator could prove a boon for the burgeoning quantum industry, which widely uses ultracold materials. NIST is now working with an industrial partner and Venture Partners to commercialize the refrigerator.

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Venture Partners Annual Report highlights a growing innovation pipeline and national recognition

April 19, 2024

2023 was another tremendous year for innovation at the University of Colorado Boulder. Campus researchers and inventors created a strong crop of 162 breakthrough technologies this past year. These spanned the breadth of CU Boulder’s research expertise, with innovations in climate tech, biotechnology, quantum science, optics and aerospace, to name a few. CU Boulder's commercialization arm, Venture Partners at CU Boulder, supports a groundbreaking pipeline translating research into real-world impact, as highlighted in their 2023 Annual Report.

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Groundbreaking innovations win big at the 17th New Venture Challenge Finals

April 18, 2024

New Venture Challenge—The 2024 New Venture Challenge (NVC) culminated in a final showcase on April 17 in front of a live audience cheering on the University of Colorado Boulder’s next big innovations. At an event filled with great ideas and even greater entrepreneurial spirit, five teams competed for $165,000 in prize money. BioSensor Solutions, part of the first cohort of the Embark Deep Tech Startup Creator launched by Venture Partners at CU Boulder, won fourth place in the competition.

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CU Boulder scientists set out to solve lunar dust problem

April 12, 2024

CU Independent—Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder are working to make the moon habitable. And they are focused on one of the most difficult challenges to lunar living: dust. Xu Wang, a research scientist at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at CU Boulder, was one of the winners of NASA’s 2023 Entrepreneurs Challenge.

Zoya Popovic

Zoya Popovic elected to the National Academy of Inventors

April 8, 2024

CU Boulder College of Engineering and Applied Science—Distinguished Professor Zoya Popovic is among 162 inventors named 2023 fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Election as a fellow in the academy is the highest professional distinction awarded solely to inventors. Popovic, a leading researcher in high-efficiency, low-noise microwave and RF engineering, was elected for her “prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on the quality of life, economic development, and welfare of society.”

Comic illustration of the Eye of Sauron spotting dangerous chemicals

A real-life Eye of Sauron? New project to spot possible chemical threats in the air

April 2, 2024

Within minutes, a laser-based device the size of a small suitcase could spot dangerous aerosols and alert safety crews. That's the vision of a team of engineers and chemists at CU Boulder, the California Institute of Technology, UC Santa Barbara and three companies. Frequency comb lasers can act like fingerprint scanners for aerosols, teasing out the signals from even minute concentrations of particles or gases in the air. The team includes LongPath Technologies, a CU Boulder spinout that uses these tools to search for methane leaks at oil and gas facilities.