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In second year, deep tech accelerator advances CU startups

May 26, 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.

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University of Colorado soars into top five for launching startups

May 18, 2023

The University of Colorado is a national leader in startup creation with a growing suite of entrepreneurial resources giving innovative researchers opportunities to spin ideas into businesses.

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New Buff Venture Fund makes landmark investments in CU Boulder startups

March 21, 2023

Five promising startups spun out of CU Boulder comprise the first cohort of companies to receive investment from the Buff Venture Fund. The fund is the newest opportunity for CU Boulder startups to access critical funding on the path to success. The Buff Venture Fund is administered by Buff Gold Ventures, which has a formal partnership with Venture Partners at CU Boulder.

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NVC prize nights spotlight—and fund—female founders and climate solutions

March 14, 2023

On two exciting nights of pitches and prizes, ten startups brought a broad range of ideas to the stage, including how to live and garden more sustainably, how to deal with the downsides of social media, how to offer practical prosthetics for kids—and sustainable water filters and hydroponic produce for all. Across the two events, eight teams took home a total of $20,000 to develop their ideas further.

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New program Embark to pair entrepreneurs with CU Boulder technologies

March 9, 2023

Wanted: entrepreneurs ready to launch startups based on innovations created in CU Boulder’s research labs. The Embark Deep Tech Startup Creator is a new program created by Venture Partners at CU Boulder, the commercialization arm of CU, to match business minds outside the university with breakthrough inventions created within its walls.

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Venture Partners 2022 Annual Report highlights a groundbreaking innovation pipeline

March 2, 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.

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2023 Destination Startup® drives investment in intermountain west university innovations

Feb. 28, 2023

The intermountain west innovation ecosystem came together at the fifth annual Destination Startup® showcase on Feb. 15 and 16, hosted by Venture Partners at CU Boulder. In a highly competitive field, 21 university ventures from intermountain west research institutions were selected to present at the showcase.

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New Venture Challenge’s Hickory steps into Innovation & Entrepreneurship director role

Feb. 22, 2023

The Research & Innovation Office has announced several leadership transitions within the campuswide Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative, with Stan Hickory stepping into the role of director of the initiative, a position held by Chris Gustavson since 2019.

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CU Boulder commercialization drives $8 billion impact nationwide

Nov. 28, 2022

Commercialization activities led by Venture Partners at the University of Colorado Boulder had an economic impact of $8 billion nationally and $5.2 billion in the state of Colorado over the last five years, according to a new report from the Leeds School of Business.

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CU Boulder paves the way for start-ups using ‘Licensing with EASE®’ model

Nov. 22, 2022

From Tech Transfer Central — Since launching its Licensing with EASE® express agreement for start-up entrepreneurs in 2018, CU Boulder has seen its number of startups “increase dramatically,” according to Brynmor Rees, associate vice chancellor for research & innovation and managing director of Venture Partners.